Dr. Soong-Chan Rah reveals the pervasive damage the “Doctrine of Discovery” as a distorted view of Christianity has done to justify American triumphalism, white supremacy, and ongoing injustices towards minorities and indigenous peoples in his new book with co-author Mark Charles, “Unsettling Truths”. (Intro: President’s Day)
Soong-Chan Rah (ThD, Duke Divinity School) is Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Prophetic Lament, The Next Evangelicalism, and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church, as well as coauthor with Mark Charles of Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, coauthor with Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, and Troy Jackson of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith with, and contributing author for Growing Healthy Asian American Churches.
In addition to serving as founding senior pastor of the multiethnic, urban ministry-focused Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), Rah has been a part of four different church-planting efforts and served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston. He has been an active member of the Boston TenPoint Coalition (an urban ministry working with at-risk youth) and is a founding member of the Boston Fellowship of Asian-American Ministers. He serves on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and the Catalyst Leadership Center.
An experienced crosscultural preacher and conference speaker, Rah has addressed thousands around the country at gathering like the 2003 Urbana Student Missions Conference, 2006 Congress on Urban Ministry, 2007 Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, 2008 CCDA National Conference, 2010 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) National Preaching Conference, and the 2011 Disciples of Christ General Assembly. He and his wife, Sue, have two children and live in Chicago.