ABCs of Handling Zoom Fatigue (Part 3)


Above is part three of our “Zoom Relief Tips” collated by Dr Lau Ying Kheng. There are three parts to these tips:

A – Ask how everyone is doing before you begin a Zoom session.

B – Build in screen breaks intentionally. (Take screen breaks every 30 minutes – even for 3 minutes.)

C – Cultivate healthy habits.

To review part 2 of the Zoom Relief Tips go here! For part 1 of more tips, go here!

Book Review: Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes

Honor and Shame in Paul’s Message and Mission

Review: Wu, Jackson. 2019. Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes: Honor and Shame in Paul’s Message and Mission. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic Press.

Eastern culture is a high context culture. What this usually means is that Eastern culture is very relational and communal, often described by the honor-shame framework. Within this framework, people in the East interacts with one another through the context of ‘face’ which is reciprocal and debt relationships within a power structure of hierarchy, loyalty, sacrifice, ascribed and achieved honor, and shame. This is often contrasted to the Western guilt-innocence framework. Jackson Wu (not his real name), a Westerner who have lived two decades in East Asia, examined Paul’s message and mission in Romans through the Eastern honor-shame framework. Jackson seek to find “[h]ow did Paul’s theology serve the purpose of his mission within an honor-shame context?” (p.3).

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ABCs of Handling Zoom Fatigue (Part 2)

From the above slides, it can be concluded that long hours of sitting in front of the computer during this Covid-19 season has an adverse effect on our health. To combat that, remember to do stretches during your Zoom sessions ideally every 30 minutes. Also, taking a 5 minute stand up break is effective is getting blood to circulate in your whole body again! We are grateful for the availability of technology in connecting us across physical locations but let us be wise in taking care of our health with this new ease and tool of communication God has provided too.


ABCs of Handling Zoom Fatigue (Part 1)

It has been nearly half a year since EAST moved our classes and meetings, including weekly Chapel services online. The tsunami of online meetings and webinars have taken a toll on the health of our students, faculty, and staff. Since the intensity of online engagements will be here to stay for a while,  we all need to learn to deal and cope with this fatigue.

Research has been done in this area and we want to share tips which you might find helpful. We want to thank Dr Lau Ying Kheng for collating the A,B,Cs tips on handling Zoom Fatigue below:

“A” refers to adjusting our screen “views” to “speaker’s view” (when we are attending class or meeting), and not looking at your own view.

“B” refers to taking a break regularly for the brain to rest, or using a “Backstretch”.

“C” refers to cutting down on virtual meetings.

#SaturdayGoodRead #ZoomReliefTips

Part 2 can be found here.

Am I a Racist?

Recent conversations with youths locally have shown heightened interest in race related issues. Local political discussions and decisions (even election) often have to face such issues too. Dr Lewis Winkler, an EAST resident faculty who teaches theological studies, shares his thoughts as our resident Theologian.

Growing up in the USA in the 1960’s, because of men like Martin Luther King, Jr., there was a lot of talk about racial equality and the Civil Rights Movement.  I’m deeply grateful that my parents and the church we attended repeatedly and insistently taught that all people are made in God’s image and are of infinite value and fully (not separately) equal.  More than fifty years later, it’s easy to forget that those were also times of deep anger, unrest, and social upheaval.  Looking back now, it feels like in some ways like we have made real progress while in others, we have only come full circle.

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