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An Overview of Bible and Theology for Lay People (ISAAC NorCal – CONFAB workshops)

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Join Dr. James Chuck for

An Overview of Bible and Theology for Lay People

  • An experiment in Adult Education scheduled for the fall of 2010.
  • A Powerpoint assisted interactive experience.

Purpose:

  • To bring lay people together from various churches to focus on the biblical and theological basis for the life and mission of the church; and
  • To provide an opportunity for learning from one another;  and
  • To provide a setting for informal conversation, fellowship, and networking.

Three Saturday mornings 9:30-1:00, lunch included. Read more…

East Region announcements: Youth and Discernment events

August 17, 2010 1 comment

Beginning this fall, New Brunswick Theological Seminary is offering a one-year certificate program to train those who work with Asian American youth. All classes will be taught by Asian American instructors who hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) so that classes can be contextualized for the Asian American church culture. The courses will be taught on Saturday mornings in Flushing, beginning on September 18. For more information, see http://www.nbts.edu/newsite/certaa.cfm.  East Regional Director, Andrew Lee, will be teaching Old Testament Survey.

Coming in the fall, a Discernment Conference for all who are seeking to hear God’s call for their lives.  This one-day seminar is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 16, at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey.  ISAAC East became a partner in this endeavor through its involvement with the Princeton Forum on Asian Indian Ministries.

Contact Rev. Andrew Lee, East Region Director, Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity and Adjunct Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary & New Brunswick Theological Seminary. [Email Andrew]

New book! Mirrored Reflections: Reframing Biblical Characters

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

We are delighted to announce the publication of Mirrored Reflections: Reframing Biblical Characters, edited by Young Lee Hertig (ISAAC Southern California Director) and Chloe Sun (Associate Professor of Old Testament at Logos Evangelical Seminary). Go to the AAWOL website for more information. The book is a collection of fresh readings of the bible by a group of evangelical Christian women known as AAWOL (Asian American Women on Leadership). Dr. Richard Mouw, President of Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA) and I were delighted to write the foreword and preface for this important ISAAC resource. The book will be available this Fall from Wipf & Stock Publishers (www.wipfandstock.com) – Tim Tseng

Download promotional flyer in PDF

SANACS Journal 2010 is now available!

August 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Two quick announcements!

• 10% discount sale for ISAAC publications! Go to “publications” at the ISAAC website. Click “Buy” and enter code ‘ FOUND ‘ at checkout You will save 10% off your purchase! [offer ends Aug. 31, 2010]

• The new issue of the SANACS Journal is now available! This issue contains the papers presented at ISAAC So Cal’s Asian American Equipping Symposium held at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA) on Nov. 2-3, 2009. Go to “publications” at the ISAAC website.

Report: Art of Preaching in Asian American Settings workshop (NCal)

May 24, 2010 3 comments

The following is the report and raw data collected from the participants at the Art of Preaching in Asian American Settings workshop with Dr. Daniel L. Wong on May 13, 2010.

DOWNLOAD Art of Preaching Workshop raw data
DOWNLOAD Bibliography of Preaching in a Multicultural World, compiled by Dr. Daniel L. Wong

Over 50 participants attended this ISAAC Northern California event, which was held at the Chinese Church in Christ, North Valley. Most of the participants were pastors, ministry leaders, and lay preachers.

Dr. Wong provided a 20-minute presentation entitled, “Recent Trends in Homiletics and Implications for Preaching in the Asian American Church.” This was followed by a 45-minute discussion period where participants reflected on the outline and made recommendations for effective preaching in Asian American settings. Data from the eight discussion groups is found in Part 2 of the report. Rev. Dr. Karl Fung of Berkeley Congregational Church contributed a sermon that he delivered on Mother’s Day that reflected on how Christianity can engage Confucianism in East Asian cultural contexts.

Daniel has posted his outline, some recommended books, and links to his sermons and interviews relating to the topic of preaching. To view these resources, visit his home page at: http://www.tyndale.ca/~dwong/viewpage.php?pid=32

DJ Chuang interviewed Daniel shortly after our workshop at:
http://djchuang.com/2010/what-about-asian-american-preaching/ OR

Here is the link to Matthew D. Kim’s article on Asian American Preaching:
http://www.preachingtoday.com/skills/artcraft/53–kim.html

The general response of participants to the workshop was quite favorable. I think the opportunity to fellowship with fellow pastors and church leaders contributed to an enjoyable social gathering and a jovial atmosphere. Most also felt that we did not have enough time to engage the topic more deeply and therefore, were not able to “exegete” the Asian American distinctive carefully enough. I concur with this assessment. The large number of participants and short time frame made it impossible to get beyond the first question of declaring the importance of contextualized preaching in Asian American settings.

But that was not the only obstacle. Just about every Asian American ministry, theology, and scholarly gatherings that I’ve ever attended has been unable to get past the initial step. The fundamental challenge Asian Americans face is to create a relatively clear self-representation amidst our incredible language, cultural, and generational diversities. For example, using terms such as “yellow,” “Confucian,” or “shame” reflect East Asian contexts that South and Southeast Asian Americans do not share. I suspect that the only commonality we share is how we are treated or viewed by America. Our inter-generational challenges, our perceived foreignness, our shared history of anti-Asian discrimination are pretty much the only thing that we seem to hold in common. Can we truly create a new self-representation on this basis?

Another challenge relates to our theology. ISAAC and the participants in this workshop agree that contexualization is very much needed in our ministry and theological reflections. But to what degree do we contextualize? One generation of mainline Protestant Asian and Asian American theologians have come and gone (I think of Kosuke Koyama, C.S. Song, Jung Young Lee, Roy Sano, David Ng, etc.). Their theology is viewed with suspicion by many Asian American evangelicals for being too “liberal,” though I suspect most have not read these authors (their books are usually out of print and inaccessible). Without these pioneers in contextualized theology as resources, to whom can Asian American Christian leaders turn? No seminary in North America provides adequate resources for the development of contextualized Asian American theology and ministry (not even Asian language seminaries). So where can the next generation of church leaders in Asian American settings turn to if they seek to counter the assimilationist (and anti-global/anti-multi-cultural) assumptions in North American Christianity?

At least in the area of preaching, ISAAC Northern California’s next step will be to try to develop adequate resources. We would like to invite a few participants to meet, review the raw data, do some additional research, and draft outlines of resources that go beyond the first step. Please let me know if you’d like to be part of a small group to develop this preaching resource further! I look forward to hearing from you!

In the meantime, I thank all our participants for coming and making the workshop so enjoyable. I hope we will find more opportunities to fellowship and support one another in our ministries! I want to again thank our co-sponsors, the First Chinese Baptist Church of San Francisco, Chinese for Christ Church of Hayward, Chinese Church in Christ North Valley, Grace Covenant Community Church, Overflow Ministry, and Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church, for providing funds, resources, and hospitality for this event.

Again, our philosophy is to partner with you and your ministries in order to develop resources for ministry among Asian Americans – so we are counting on you to help strengthen this special work for God’s kingdom! So keep looking out for future ISAAC Nor Cal events and opportunities to partner!

Peace,

Timothy Tseng 曾 祥 雨
Executive Director, ISAAC
Interim English Pastor, Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church

ISAAC National Update (Apr 28, 2010)

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

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

UPDATES
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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Workshop: The Art of Preaching in Asian American Settings (Nor Cal)

April 15, 2010 3 comments

What lessons have you learned about being an effective communicator among Asian American Christians? How can we equip one another and future pastors to preach faithfully and relevantly to the Asian American contexts? ISAAC believes that the most valuable insights come from practitioners who engage Scripture and theology with a careful reflection on the cultural contexts of their ministries. So join us and share your ideas at this free workshop!

Daniel WongThe workshop features Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Wong, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry at Tyndale University College in Toronto, Canada. Daniel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was a full-time English Ministry pastor at the Toronto Chinese Baptist Church and then at the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church for a total of 18 years. Over the past 10 years he has been teaching preaching as part of his course load. His D.Min. and one of his Th.M’s are in the preaching area. For more information, see Daniel’s website at www.tyndale.ca/~dwong/ and check out his article “Preaching in a Multicultural World.”

Please register on-line to give us an accurate count for lunch! Go to: http://bit.ly/d6aq24

Where:
Chinese Church in Christ – North Valley (Milpitas)
399 South Main Street
Milpitas, CA 95035

When:
Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 09:45 AM – 01:30 PM

Schedule:
· 9:45 AM Gather, register, snacks
· 10:00 AM Welcome, devotionals, and introduction
· 10:15 AM Daniel Wong presentation: “Current Trends in Homiletics with Implications for Preaching in the Asian American Church”
· 10:35 AM Pastors’ conversation about the art of preaching in Asian American settings (facilitated by Daniel Wong)
· 11:20 AM Break
· 11:30 AM Lessons learned and concluding thoughts
· 12:00 PM Catered lunch
· 12:45 PM Optional time to continue conversation or fellowship with one another