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Preview of Worship on the Way: An ISAAC NorCal RESEARCH SEMINAR from James Chuck

September 10, 2010 3 comments

Hi Everybody:

I hope you all had a good summer. The fall meeting of the Research Seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Berkeley Chinese Community Church, 2117 Acton S., Berkeley.  I hope this date works for everyone.  Please let me know by return email whether or not you plan to be present.

Russell Yee will be the presenter for the day, giving us a preview of his forthcoming book. Responses to the presentation and discussion will follow.  As is our custom, we will go out to lunch for a time of informal fellowship following our session together.

Below is a summary of his presentation:

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A Preview of Worship on the Way: Exploring the need for Asian North American Worship (Judson Press, Forthcoming)
Russell Yee, Ph.D.

In 1996, the landmark book, People on the Way: Asian North Americans Discovering Christ, Culture, and Community appeared. Since then, there has been no lack of new and renewed Asian North American churches, ministries, books, and leadership. But Sunday worship in our churches mostly remains a subset of majority-culture traditions and trends. Come explore the need for contextualized worship in our churches and both the opportunities and impediments to its development.

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Looking forward to see you on October 27th.

James Chuck,
Facilitator for the ISAAC Research Seminar

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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.

Southeast Asian Leadership Summit – ISAAC’s report

March 20, 2008 Leave a comment

The re:new Southeast Asian Leadership Summit was held last week from March 11-13, in the greater DC area.  Attendees numbering around 130 attended from around the country, enjoying the modern facilities of Open Door Presbyterian Church (a 17-year old, fast-growing bilingual Korean church, www.opendoorpc.org).  Many of the attendees were young adults with a few older faces sprinkled in the crowd.

This is the second nationwide conference led by the South East Asian Committee (SEAC, www.seacleaders.com); the first was in 2006 in Long Beach, CA.  The seed for this movement germinated at the 2004 Asian American Leadership Conference in Los Angeles.  That event was organized and led mostly by Asian Americans of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ancestry, but included a forum for South East Asian American leaders to gather and catch the vision that became SEAC.  (As it happens, the followup 2008 Asian American Leadership Conference is also taking place this month, http://aalc2008.org.)

Keynote speakers were Southeast Asian leaders Arounsavath Sacdyphoud (IL), Men Mua (MN) and Ken Kong (CA), and Australian scientist John Ridgway who has worked in Asia for 27 years.

There were also many workshops during the breakout sessions.  ISAAC was represented by Andrew Lee and Russell Yee who led sessions on Reading the Bible as an Asian American and Asian American worship (SEAing Worship) respectively as part of the Re:Source track.  Other seminar tracks were in Leadership Development, Evangelism and Re:Conciliation.

The highlight of the conference occurred on Friday night during the celebration banquet.  One of the leaders from the 1st generation church got up and shared this through a translator.

“We sacrificed so much to come here.  Perhaps that is why we wanted so much to protect you (1.5+ 2nd generation). But now I see we held on too tightly.  Please forgive us. We need to release you, to let you go. We bless you. We want the future to be one of mutual forgiveness, mutual respect, and mutual full support.”

It was an absolutely electrifying moment. There was hardly a dry eye in the house.

This reconciliation may well have been the fruit, in part, of the SEAC leaders including an honoring-of-elders lunch and presentation at the 2006 conference in Long Beach, with each 1st-generation pastor seated in a place of honor and recognized.  But it was also the result of the SEAC leaders having it together in organizing events that are attractive, well-networked, and effective in equipping next generation leaders.

The South East Asian American church is far younger than the East Asian American churches that make up the largest and oldest segments of the Asian American church.  Yet this impressive new generation of leaders–emerging from the backdrop of full wartime catastrophe, immigration hardships, and scattered settlement into American cities–has managed to forge, in just five years or so, a nationwide movement among their churches.  At this pace, they will not only continue learning from both the achievements and mistakes of older Asian American churches and movements, but indeed will have (and indeed, already do have) much to teach others as well.

Report: ISAAC-Nagel Reception at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting

December 1, 2007 Leave a comment

Over a hundred guests celebrated the work of the Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity and the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College on Nov. 17th at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature annual meetings. Prof. Diane Obenchain shared about Nagels’ current projects. Dr. Joel Carpenter is the Director of the Nagel Institute.

In addition to sharing about ISAAC’s programs, it also encouraged the scholars of religion, theology, and biblical scholars who attend the AAR/SBL meetings to join the newly formed Society of Asian North American Christian Studies (SANACS). The new society will promote greatest scholarly attention to Asian Christianity in North America and will publish an Annual journal. Charter membership dues are $45. Contact Dr. Russell Yee for more information.

ISAAC is grateful for this partnership with the Nagel Institute and looks forward to future opportunities to collaborate.

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About the Nagel Institute
http://www.calvin.edu/nagel/

Nagel logo The Nagel Institute was founded in 2006 as a service of Calvin College to those who study the rise of Christianity in the global south and east, and to others who are eager to see Christian thought and cultural engagement flourish in those regions.

The mission of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity is to accomplish significant work in the following three areas. We intend to:

  • Promote a deeper understanding of world Christianity,
  • Partner with study centers to strengthen Christian intellectual movements in the global south and east, and
  • Provoke a reorientation of Christian thought in the North Atlantic region toward the concerns arising from world Christianity.