About Imago Dei!
InterVarsity in the Carolinas would like to invite you to join others from around North and South Carolina to our annual Ethnic Specific Conference called Imago Dei. We will gather together in Durham, NC, at Grey Stone Baptist Church (2601 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC) on November 10 and 11.
We will spend time together in ethnic specific tracks—AAM (Asian and Asian American students), BCM (Black students from all over the African diaspora), and LaFe (Latino and Latina students). While we will have time in tracks, we will also spend time all together, having meals together and worshipping together both days.
If you choose to join us, you will have opportunities to meet students from across the Carolinas, experience God’s love for you through worship, laugh and have fun, grow in understanding how God created you in your own unique ethnic identity. We will go deeper in our ethnic identities and investigate how our ethnic identity stories intersect with others on our campuses and in our communities.
Please consider joining us!
But what if I am mixed, biracial, or multiracial?
If you identify as mixed, multiracial, or bi-racial, we know how difficult it could be to feel forced to pick between multiple parts of who you are. Our society is a “all or nothing” society with lots of binary thinking and it can be hard to figure out where and how mixed people fit. Well, we would love to have you join us at Imago Dei! You will have to sign up for one track, but we know that the choice you make does not make the other parts of you any less valid. There will be opportunities to connect with other mixed people and we will invite you at different times to go where feels most like home for you throughout the weekend. Multiple mixed staff will be available to help you process your experiences.
Early bird pricing ends Monday, October 23 at 11:59 pm. Price increases by $10 beginning October 24.
Registration closes Monday, November 6 at 11:59 pm.
Talk to your InterVarsity staff if you need a scholarship.
Sabrina S. Chan, a daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong, is national director of Asian American Ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. She is an ordained minister and earned a master's degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Sabrina is excited to see Asian American students transformed by Christ as they grow in ethnic identity, evangelism, racial justice, and stewarding their lives for God's kingdom. She has broad experience working with Asian American students and staff, as well as other multiethnic and focused ministry contexts. Sabrina has led chapter growth and planting on private universities, large state universities, and community colleges. She longs to see students come to faith and engaged with the Biblical call to justice and reconciliation.
Pastor Jerome Gay Jr., was raised in Southeast Washington, DC and moved to the Raleigh, NC in 1997 to attend Saint Augustine’s College for his undergraduate studies, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
While there he founded a campus ministry that emphasized the gospel and biblical orthodoxy in the urban context. The ministry grew campus wide with many trusting Christ as Savior, upon graduating he served as an elder for several years and after fervent prayer was led to plant Vision Church in October of 2010.
Vision Church has grown by God’s grace and is impacting the inner city of Raleigh by missionally engaging the city with the gospel of Jesus Christ through discipleship, leadership development, service, and holistic empowerment.
Pastor Jerome serves as the Lead Pastor of Teaching and Vision at Vision Church. Jerome has a vision to see gospel centered churches and leaders raised up within the urban context and sent out to plant other gospel-centered churches. Jerome is married to Crystal Gay and the father of Jamari Gay and son Jerome Jordan Gay III. He is also the author of four books, Church Hurt: Holding the Church Accountable and Helping Hurt People Heal, Talking to Your Children About Race, The Whitewashing of Christianity: A Hidden Past, a Hurtful Present and a Hopeful Future and Renewal: Grace and Redemption in the Story. Jerome is also the founder and President of The Urban Perspective. (@TheUrbanPerspective)
Jerome has his Master’s Degree in Christian Studies and Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Steve Tamayo serves as a strategist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, working in the Latino Fellowship (LaFe), Graduate and Faculty Ministries, and InterVarsity’s Creative Labs. He is the host of the Con Confianza podcast and writes the Resource Newsletter (a weekly email that equips over 2,000 ministry leaders).
Steve holds degrees from Duke University and the University of Oxford. In addition to his work with InterVarsity, Steve has served as the executive pastor at Chatham Community Church and the pastor of spiritual formation at Crossway Church. He is also the CEO of Orange Apple, a consulting firm that helps non-profits make better decisions. He and his wife live with their four children in Tampa.
Arrival and Registration at Grey Stone Church 2601 Hillsborough Rd., Durham NC
Welcome & Worship in Grey Stone sanctuary
Session 1 in tracks
Closing and head for home/Comfort Inn & Suites, 1816 Hillandale Rd., Durham
Hot breakfast at hotel or at Grey Stone if coming from home
Welcome & worship in Grey Stone sanctuary
Session 2 in tracks
Lunch will be provided
Free Time/Mixed Ethnic Identity Gathering
Session 3 in tracks
Worship & Closing in Grey Stone sanctuary
Dinner & Departure (Dinner will be provided)
Imago Dei participants will be staying at Comfort Inn & Suites Durham near Duke University.
Two people per hotel room
For local students.
Two staff per hotel room
Local staff who do not need a hotel room
There will be times during the conference where participants will break out into ethnic groups. We acknowledge that for some, none of the below options will feel like a perfect fit. Recognizing our limitations, please select the ethnic group that you most closely identify with.
Asian and Asian American Ministries
Black Campus Ministries - Black students from all over the African diaspora
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