CONNEXT 2007 - North American Youth Leaders Conference in NY
- By Sam George
- Published 08/19/2007
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at email@example.com
It was a great time reconnect with old friends and make new ones. With some of them, I had been communicating over email for some time and it was great to sit down and hear their life stories. I also had the opportunity to visit two of the local congregations. The Coconut Generation book was featured at the conference as a resource.
I presented two seminars on ‘Identity Struggles on South Asian Youth’. It was for the first time, the ideas in the book where research was limited to the North American context, was being shared with a global audience and feedbacks had been overwhelming. Some expressed need for doing similar research among their own context and agreed that theoretical and theological framework are transferable to other contexts as well.
Overall a great gathering indeed. Now looking forward to the North American Youth Leaders conference in NY - www.connextonline.com If you haven’t registered yet, please do that asap. Seats are limited.