Dr. M.L. Codman-Wilson

Dr. M.L. Codman-Wilson

Author - Of Bananas and Hard-Boiled Eggs: Thriving in a Foreign Culture through the Journey toward Biculturalism

Location
Carol Stream, Illinois (Greater Chicago Area)
Industry
Civic & Social Organization

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Dr. M.L. Codman-Wilson's Overview

Current
  • Author at Of Bananas and Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Speaker and Presenter at Available for Conferences and Events
  • Book Reviewer at Mary Lou's Reviews
  • Pastor at New Hope Bible Fellowship
  • Part-time Chaplain at Belmont Assisted Living
Past
  • Senior Pastor at Christ Community Church
Education
  • Goucher College
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Dr. M.L. Codman-Wilson's Summary

In her career, Dr. Codman-Wilson has traveled and taught extensively in North America and Asia when she worked for ACMC (Association of Church Missions Committees) and WEF (World Evangelical Fellowship), respectively. Her cross-cultural experience has also included immersion in the Asian-Indian Community in Chicago. She and a Sri-Lankan colleague established the Chicago Ashram of Jesus Christ, where they held "Growing Up in America" seminars for first and second generation Indians and dialogue groups with Hindus, Buddhists and Christians. In addition she has taught in conferences, churches and seminaries in North America and Asia.

She took her advanced degrees in an effort to improve cross-cultural communication across various people groups and her Ph.D. specifically focused on the identity issues in this curriculum. Her Masters of Theological Studies is in Hindu-Buddhist-Christian dialogue. Her Ph.D. from Garrett Seminary/Northwestern University in Chicago is on Asian American identity issues and well-being. She was an adjunct faculty at Garrett Seminary teaching on cross-cultural understanding and field education. She was also adjunct faculty at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary teaching on Spiritual Formation. She has taught ESL using the curriculum that she wrote, Of Bananas and Hard-Boiled Eggs.

In August 2010, Dr. Codman-Wilson left the pastorate at Christ Community Church, where she had served for ten years, to pastor a multi-ethnic house church and continue discipleship, cross-cultural education, ESL teaching, and equipping Christians to be more effective communicators in word and deed in multicultural teams and contexts. She also writes a weekly review of books in the areas of: Spiritual Formation, Global Theology, Discipleship, and Missions. The weekly reviews include a soundbite of the week and are found on her blog: www.marylousreviews.blogspot.com.

Dr. M.L. Codman-Wilson's Experience

Author

Of Bananas and Hard-Boiled Eggs

2011Present (3 years) www.maryloucodmanwilson.com

The goal of this advanced English conversation curriculum is to help ESL learners mainstream into a dominant English speaking culture and develop a comfortable bicultural identity. That way, they can be at home in both their culture of origin and their new "foreign" culture. The expectation is that through English conversation practice and discussion of topics relevant to them, learners will develop the confidence to move outside the cocoon of their own language group. They can then interact successfully in English in the daily routines of life because they understand English and can be understood by English-speaking people.

The content is developed from real-life stories, written by a team including ESL learners, about issues they have experienced in learning how to live successfully specifically in the United States, but the curriculum is applicable in any global context in which people want to learn more about the American lifestyle. It is specifically written for immigrants in America or people thinking of coming to America. Since the curriculum is discussion-based, it gives learners the opportunity to discuss their feelings and to support one another in their cultural adjustment.

Speaker and Presenter

Available for Conferences and Events

2011Present (3 years)

Available to present on a variety of topics:

Spiritual Formation
Cross-Cultural Communication
Helping Internationals Adjust to the U.S.
Connecting Across Different Faiths and Worldviews
Speed Reading with Comprehension

Book Reviewer

Mary Lou's Reviews

2011Present (3 years) http://marylousreviews.blogspot.com

There is so much joy in reading and learning through the insights of others. My blog (http://marylousreviews.blogspot.com) has been created as a service to the Christian Community worldwide. The books reviewed there are current Christian books published in the West. The primary areas of focus are books on global, cross-cultural issues, spiritual growth, discipleship, and mission.

Pastor

New Hope Bible Fellowship

September 2010Present (4 years 1 month) Carol Stream, IL

New Hope Bible Fellowship exists to model an international Christian community where we build one another up as a family of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Our home Bible Fellowship trains Christians to go deeper in their relationship with Christ so that Jesus' character and purposes are demonstrated in the world. Intentional discipleship and disciplemaking is the heart of our ministry. In that context, we value the different cultural and Biblical perspectives we each bring to our small family of faith. We want the international composition of our house church to be a reflection of God's heart for the world.

Part-time Chaplain

Belmont Assisted Living

September 2010Present (4 years 1 month) Carol Stream, IL

Lead and preach at weekly services; write and lead weekly Bible studies.

Senior Pastor

Christ Community Church

20012010 (9 years) Wheaton, IL

Dr. M.L. Codman-Wilson's Projects

  • Facilitator of Cultural Connections

    • September 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Dr. M.L. Codman-Wilson

    Cultural Connections is a monthly program that helps international students understand American culture and make American friends.

    The program includes:

    • A brief cultural presentation of the topic of the month.

    • Small group discussion of the monthly topic, based on the book by Dr. Mary Lou:
    Of Bananas and Hard-Boiled Eggs, Thriving in a Foreign Culture through the
    Journey toward Biculturalism.

    • Time to develop friendship with an American (the same friendship partner all year).

    • Optional Bible study -- an inductive small group Bible study from the Gospel of Mark.

    • Simple American lunch.

Dr. M.L. Codman-Wilson's Publications

  • Of Bananas and Hard-Boiled Eggs: Thriving in a Foreign Culture through the Journey toward Biculturalism

    • WestBow Press
    • 2012

    America, like many nations, is becoming an increasingly pluralistic nation of the twenty-first century. In most major cities all over the world it is common to hear many different languages in schools, shopping centers, airports or neighborhoods. ESL classes help people of these different language groups learn how to communicate in English, so it is only natural that an ESL curriculum addresses topics relevant to a person's journey toward biculturalism. The goal of this advanced English conversation curriculum is to help ESL learners mainstream into a dominant English speaking culture and develop a comfortable bicultural identity. That way, they can be at home in both their culture of origin and their new "foreign" culture. The expectation is that through English conversation practice and discussion of topics relevant to them, learners will develop the confidence to move outside the cocoon of their own language group. They can then interact successfully in English in the daily routines of life because they understand English and can be understood by English-speaking people.

    The content is developed from real-life stories, written by a team including ESL learners, about issues they have experienced in learning how to live successfully specifically in the United States, but the curriculum is applicable in any global context in which people want to learn more about the American lifestyle. It is specifically written for immigrants in America or people thinking of coming to America. Since the curriculum is discussion-based, it gives learners the opportunity to discuss their feelings and to support one another in their cultural adjustment.

Dr. M.L. Codman-Wilson's Skills & Expertise

  1. Pastoral Care,
  2. Writing
  3. Cross-cultural ministry
  4. Pastoral Care
  5. Cultural Competency
  6. Volunteer Management
  7. Cross-cultural Discipleship
  8. Visionary
  9. Entrepreneur
  10. Public Speaking
  11. Discipleship
  12. Teaching
  13. Entrepreneurship
  14. Religion
  15. Church Events
  16. Preaching
  17. Theology
  18. Curriculum Design
  19. Missions

Dr. M.L. Codman-Wilson's Education

Northwestern University

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Psychological Anthropology, Buddhism, Christian Education, & Pastoral Psychology

1992

Dissertation: Thai Cultural and Religious Identity and Understanding of Well-Bring in the U.S.: An Ethnographic Study of an Immigrant Church

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

MTS, Joint Ph.D with Northwestern University, Asian American Identity Issues

1989

Grade: cum laude

Wheaton College

Master of Arts (M.A.), Intercultural Studies

1986

Goucher College

Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, English literature

1961

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