A Practical Theological Approach to Transforming Spiritual Formation for Thai Christian Women

Date: Tuesday, 5th March 2019

Time: 9.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.

Room: PC320, Pentecost Building, Mae Khao Campus

Abstract

As a Thai women, a Christian, and an educator who grew up in Thai society, which is still deeply-rooted in patriarchal culture and as someone who has been various forms of discrimination against women. Dr. Oan has a passion to advocate for Thai women and to strengthen Thai Christian women in their spiritual formation. She will present her empirical research on how the Thai culture assumption on women and a concept of “good” Thai women (kullasatree) shape the lives of Thai Christian women in the areas of their sense of self, their interactions with others, and their faith formation. Transforming spiritual formation for Thai Christian women, therefore, involves not only empowering women in their struggles, enabling them to share their life stories, and assisting them to deepen their relationship with God, but also discovering some possible ways to help transform gender practices in Thai society and church community.

Speaker

Dr. Chanaporn or Oan Jaisaodee is a full-time faculty member at McGilvary College of Divinity (MCS), Payap University. She teaches courses related to Christian Education. In 1997, she got a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Bachelor of Theology (B.A., B.Th.). In 2006, she got her M.Div. from McGilvary College of Divinity from Payap University. She also received Master of Arts in Christian Education from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Union-PSCE) in Richmond, Virginia in 2001 and Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) from Princeton Seminary in 2008. Oan earned her Ph.D. in Practical Theology with an emphasis on Christian Education from Princeton Thelogial Seminary (U.S.A.) in 2013.