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Asian American Biblical Interpretation for North America (Nov. 21st) SBL Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA)

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

You are cordially invited to attend the following session:

Asian American Biblical Interpretation for North America

Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Atlanta, Georgia)
http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings

11/21/2010
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: M106 – Marriott Marquis
ISAAC (The Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity) is introducing its latest journal issue devoted to the theme of Asian American Biblical Interpretation as it relates to the North American context. Several of the writers will be present to discuss their articles in the SANACS (Society of Asian North American Christian Studies) Journal.

For more information, contact:

Russell Moy, ISAAC Board Chair [email Russell]
Andrew Lee, East Regional Director [email Andrew]

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Chinese Worldview Today: June 4-20, 2010

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Throughout history, China has continually challenged the West with her peculiar practices and unique worldview. Though many North Americans are fascinated by the exotic Chinese, cultural norms like guanxi and filial piety confound those who come near.

In this past century, China has experienced unprecedented growth and reform economically, politically and socially, emerging from her sleeping dragon state to join the global community. It is an exciting time for East-West exchanges of ideas, values and resources. It is our hope that authentic communication will inspire dialogue concerning deeper issues of life, the nature of humanity and other worldview questions. However, these conversations cannot occur without a proper understanding of the Chinese worldview.

To this end, China Academic Consortium (an affiliate organization of Educational Resources & Referrals – China) is partnering with ISAAC and China’s prestigious academic institutions to craft a summer program aimed towards introducing Chinese thought to North American undergraduate students and seminarians. The course will be taught in China and its curriculum content will survey the core teachings, history and development of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, folk religions and Christianity in China. Primary sources as well as survey texts will be used, and those taking the course on the graduate level will have an opportunity to develop critical questions and approaches for further study into Chinese thought.

COURSE ACCREDITATION
It is possible to take the Chinese worldview seminar for credit. Denver Seminary has granted 3 units to this course for their M. Div. program. Azusa Pacific University grants credit for both undergraduate and graduate programs.

SEMINAR FACILITATORS

DR. DIANE OBENCHAIN – Religion, Calvin College
She was the first western scholar to teach the academic
study of religion in China, post 1949. Dr. Obenchain
has taught at National University of Singapore, Peking
University, Fudan University and Zhejiang University,
helping to establish departments of religious studies.

REV. DR. RUSSELL G. MOY – Chairman of the Board for
the Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity
(ISAAC). He has also served as lecturer and faculty for
Theological Seminary, GTU, Drew University as well as
Dean of the Asian American Summer Institute for Theology
and Ministry in ISAAC.

For more information, see http://cac.errchina.com/seminar.htm

Year end appeal for ISAAC: A message from Dr. Russell Moy

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment
Please make a year-end gift!
December 24, 2009

Greetings friends!

My name is Russell Moy. I am a founding member and the current chair of ISAAC’s Board of Directors. All my life, I’ve served Asian American Christian communities as a missionary, pastor, and seminary professor. Like you, I am passionately committed to ISAAC’s mission to strengthen Asian American Christians and to enhance a better understanding of this diverse population.

ISAAC is now three years old! It has taken all this time to build a foundation for our work. We are now ready to create new resources for church leaders and to pioneer innovative research. Next year,

  • ISAAC will support Epic’s (Campus Crusade for Christ) Asian American staff development programs. We will also seek opportunities to help train staff of other organizations.

  • We will work with churches and seminaries to equip leaders and teachers. Our resources will build effective inter-generational leadership teams, create trust in cross-cultural and multi-cultural settings, enhance worship and Christian education in Asian American churches, cultivate congregational cultures that support the call to ministry, support theological curricula with Asian North American perspectives, and much more!

  • We will offer training sessions to help church leaders and college or seminary professors best utilize our “new-born baby” – the Asian American Christianity Reader, co-published with PAACCE [see www.aacreader.com]

  • We will continue to build on our successful partnerships with Logos Seminary, Fuller Seminary, and several congregations in Southern California by developing equipping and resource programs and a Los Angeles Chinese churches study.

  • We will begin conversations with local leaders in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle and Vancouver) to plan a new regional initiative.
  • We will encourage research through the Society of Asian North American Christian Studies (SANACS), lectureships, new publications, and local seminars.

I am eager to be part of an exciting future!

Like everyone else, ISAAC is stretched thin these days. I’ve seen the tireless effort that our staff and volunteers have given to the Institute’s work this past year. But their enthusiasm will not be enough for the future. Without your prayers and gifts, we cannot survive. Your participation is an investment in quality programs and resources!

So on behalf of ISAAC’s board, I invite you to consider making a year-end, tax-deductible gift. Just click the button below or visit the ISAAC website (www.isaacweb.org) to make an on-line credit card or PayPal donation. If you prefer, you may mail checks written out to “ISAAC” to Dr. Russell Yee, 4044 La Cresta Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602-1731.

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 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.

ISAAC has much to celebrate! As Dr. Tim Tseng noted in the ISAAC Blog [CLICK HERE TO VIEW], we have accomplished quite a bit in 2009. We are counting on you to help us make 2010 an even greater year!
Russell Moy
Joy to the world and to you!Rev. Russell Moy, Ph.D.

Chair, Board of Directors
Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity

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