Christianity Amidst Chaos

  • The last few years have been marked by unraveling and resilience across the globe. Chaos seems to be the only constant amidst a world in flux. 

The Koinonia Forum is the annual PhD student conference at Princeton Theological Seminary. We invite attend this upcoming conference on the theme of “Christianity Amidst Chaos”.

Conference Dates: March 3-4, 2023

The conference will kick off with a Keynote speaker on the evening of March 3, followed by a wine reception and paper presentations will take place on March 4.

See the tentative Schedule below.

If you have any questions please email any or all coordinators: Reese Grosfeld,  Junyoub Lee, Stephen Di Trolio and Jess Winderweedle


Vincent Lloyd
Keynote Speaker
Hanna Reichel


Schedule for The Koinonia Conference

Friday, March 3, 2023 

5:00 p.m. Registration Opens – (Lobby of Wright Library)

6:30-8 p.m. Keynote Address: Dr. Vincent Lloyd and Respondent: Dr. Hanna Reichel – (Theron Room – Wright Library)


8-9 p.m.  Wine Reception – (Lobby of Wright Library)

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Breakfast 7:30-8:30 am (Lobby of Wright Library


Theron Room (Library): Chaotic Thinking: Ecumenism, Decoloniality, and Contemporary Theology Node

Saturday, March 4, 8:30-9:45 am

Chair: Binu Varghese (Princeton Theological Seminary)

·  Weizhen Chen – Drew University – “Decoloniality & Mohism: Chinese Mohist Resistance as Re-existence”

·  Fr. David Galloway- St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary – “What has Constantinople to do with Princeton? Examining the Impact of Eastern Orthodox Christianity within the Chaos of 21st Century American Culture”

·  Potter McKinney – Princeton Theological Seminary – “The Chaosmic Christ: A Proposal Towards a Postmodern Christology”

·  Jackson Ford – Princeton Theological Seminary – “Becoming (Mark) Fishers of Men: Faith During a Time of Lost Futures”


Theron Room (Library): Chaotic Theology and Bible Node

Saturday, March 4, 10-11:15 am

Chair: Andrew Peecher (Princeton Theological Seminary)

·  Tzu Yu Lin – Drew University – “Repent, for the Heavenly Empire Has Come Near! Threats and Justifications of Imperial Expansion in Matthew’s Parables”

·  Noah Bucholz – Princeton Theological Seminary – “”Mimicked God Mimics: A Political Imagination of the Incarnation””

·  Jaira Koh – Boston University – “Eckhartogenesis: Reproductive Utopianism in “Sermon 8”

·  Allie Bass – Princeton Theological Seminary- “Keeping the Faith in Times of Abundance: Divine Testing in the Wilderness Stories of Exodus”

Lunch 11:30 am -12:30 pm


Theron Room (Library): Chaotic Churches: Practical Theology and Ecclesial Praxis Node

Saturday, March 4, 12:45-2:00 pm

Chair: Elizabeth Steele (Princeton Theological Seminary)

·  Wing Yi Wong – Emmanuel College, University of Toronto – “Preaching the Disturbing Ghost in the Postcolonial Pulpit”

·  Derrick L. Doherty – Asbury Theological Seminary – “Faith Perspective of First Responders”

·  Mark C. Grafenreed – Southern Methodist University – “The Christian Church: A Thermometer or Thermostat?”

·  Amar Peterman – Princeton Theological Seminary- “Living Neighborly in a World We Can’t Control”


Theron Room (Library): Chaotic World: Politics, Protest, and Nationalism Node

Saturday, March 4, 2:15-3:45 pm

Chair: Kim Akano (Princeton University)

·  Daniel Crouch – Baylor University – “Natural Law and Technology: Beyond Technophile or Troglodyte”

·  Ethan Shearer – The University of Virginia – “Possessed: A Demonic Aesthetics of White Supremacy”

·  Wing Yin Li – Princeton Theological Seminary – “Witnessing the Spirit of God Amidst Political Chaos in 2019 Hong Kong Protests”

·  Shelly Penton – The University of Virginia – “Aesthetics as Chaos: The Challenge of White Christian Nationalism”


Theron Room (Library):Chaotic Theology Node

Saturday, March 4, 4-5:15 pm

Chair: Patrick Haley (Princeton Theological Seminary)

·  Frank Della Torre – Baylor University – “Bonhoeffer’s Divine Mandates: A Bulwark against Chaos”

·  Ben Menghini – Emmanuel College/University of Toronto – “Orthodoxy and the Tragic Disposition”

·  Eric Tuttle – Princeton Theological Seminary – “Does Eternity Have Time for Chaos? Pannenberg on Eternity and Divine Judgment

·  Ed Watson – Yale University – “Zilpha Elaw, Marguerite Porete, and Chaotic Reconfigurations of Christian Order”




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