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ISAAC National Update (Apr 28, 2010)

Are you feeling irregular these days? In the San Francisco Bay Area, the unusual spring weather has left many feeling irregular. Every time I start to anticipate a stretch of warm, sunny weather, we are interrupted by a couple of cold and rainy days.

Asian & Pacific Islander North America is just as unpredictable. Each new immigrant wave from a different part of Asia redefines us. The diversity of our second-fifth generation responses to Asia, North America, and the Pacific also makes it difficult to “pin down” what it means to be API. Some believe that we have assimilated so much that we harbor nativist attitudes towards new immigrants. Others are determined to preserve our ethnic identities or build a strong pan-ethnic niche in a society that still discriminates against API people.

The irregular and unpredictable nature of API existence is a challenge for anyone who wants to work with them. Every community with API Christian participants will be confronted with this reality. But because there are no straightforward ways to do ministry in these settings, effectiveness can only be developed in dialogue between practitioners and scholars. Scholars are equipped with tools to interpret the API experience within national and international landscapes. But some of the most valuable insights come from ministry practitioners who engage scripture and theology with a careful reflection on the cultural contexts of their ministries.

ISAAC wants the conversation between academia and ministry to be relevant, effective, and on-going. Your participation will help us develop effective tools for equipping one another, future leaders, and scholars to serve faithfully and relevantly in API contexts.

May you be renewed this Easter season!

Tim  Tseng 10Timothy Tseng Ph.D.
Executive Director
Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity
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Interim English Pastor
Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church, San Jose

1. Audio-videos, presentations, and other resources from ISAAC’s events this past year will be made available soon. We are revamping the ISAAC home page so check there soon to find out more about the Asian American Equipping Symposium at Fuller, the various lectures and talks in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Asian American Women’s art festival in Southern California, the Pacific Northwest Symposium in Seattle, etc.

2. ISAAC East Region: Rev. Dr. Andrew Lee (ISAAC’s East Regional Director) met with the Princeton Forum for Asian Indian Ministries on February 20. This group seeks to promote work among Asian Indians in the United States and recently published Pilgrims at the Crossroads: Asian Indian Christians at the North American Frontier (see below for more information on this book or to purchase a copy). There are a number of similarities in the situations that Asian Indians face with that of other Asian American Christians. Rev. Lee became a member of the Forum’s Working Committee with responsibility in the area of theological education.

The 2010 ISAAC Summer Internships in the New York/New Jersey Metro Area for high school youth and college students considering full-time vocational ministry were awarded in April.  The recipients are Jennifer Consomer (Rutgers University), Lauren Lee (Liberty University), Winnie Lee (Binghamton University), and Dan Lin (Wheaton College). The participating churches are New York Chinese Evangelical Free Church in Brooklyn, New York Chinese Baptist Church in Manhattan, and Chinese Christian Church of New Jersey in Parsippany. The interns will begin serving at their churches and having weekly meetings with Rev. Lee starting in the middle of June.  Rev. Lee can also be reached at andrewlee@isaacweb.org
3. ISAAC Southern California: Rev. Dr. Young Lee Hertig (ISAAC-SoCal Regional Director) reports that the Asian American Women on Leadership (AAWOL) manuscript, Telling Hidden Stories: Biblical and Asian American Women, has been accepted for publication by WIPF & STOCK, with a tentative publication date of fall 2010.

ISAAC-SoCal sponsored an Asian American Continuing Education seminar at Fuller Theological Seminary on April 24, as a follow up to the Asian American Equipping Symposium held at Fuller in November. Upcoming initiatives include a May 19 planning team meeting for the pilot Asian American Summer Institute, which will feature an experiential pedagogy to bridge urban and suburban experiences and will be co-sponsored with the Mosaic Center and other partners, including seminaries, churches, and parachurch organizations.  Rev. Hertig will also be teaching an intensive course this summer (June 14-18) on Asian American Pastoral Theologies and Pastoral Leadership at Logos Evangelical Seminary.
The second AAES (Asian American Equipping Symposium) has been rescheduled for February 7-8, 2011, due to the Lausanne meeting in October in South Africa.  Please contact Rev. Hertig at younglee@isaacweb.org with suggestions for the symposium theme or for more information.

4. SANACS (the Society of Asian North American Christian Studies) invites submissions for the next journal under the theme of Asian American Biblical Interpretation. In addition to professional Biblical scholars, those working in other fields are encouraged to submit papers on this topic. Given the focus of this journal, papers ought to demonstrate relevance to Asian North American Christianity. The due date for submissions is Sept 1, 2010. All articles should follow the SANACS Manuscript Submission Guidelines with the following change: rather than sending the paper to Russell Yee, email submissions to Bo Lim at Seattle Pacific University 3307 Third Ave West Seattle, WA 98119 206.281.2347 Email Bo Lim

5. ISAAC Nor Cal will co-sponsor a free workshop, The Art of Preaching in Asian American Settings, for pastors, seminarians, and interested persons on Thursday, May 13th (9:45 AM – Noon, followed by a free lunch) at Chinese Church in Christ, North Valley (Milpitas). The workshop features Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Wong, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry at Tyndale University College in Toronto, Canada. For more information and to register on-line click this link.

6. Resources: For a limited time only! You can get a 10% discount on ISAAC resources ordered through Lulu.com. Visit the ISAAC Cafe at this link, select your resources, and enter code “SHOWERS” at checkout. You can choose to receive $3.99 credit towards shipping cost instead by entering code “FREEMAIL305.” These discounts expire on Apr 30 & May 1, 2010.

If you are not yet an ISAAC member, please consider joining this year. Go to: http://isaacweb.org/a/support.htm for more information.**

** Give a gift of $120/year and you will automatically be enrolled as a 2010 ISAAC AND SANACS member. Members receive complimentary issues of the 2010 SANACS Journal and special discounts for ISAAC resources and events. Those who give $500 or more will receive complimentary copies of all publications and resources created in 2010.

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