#StopAAPIHate

These are the names of just a few of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women that I love, am honored to work with, and support

I also have the pleasure of knowing, learning from, and working with Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Eugene Cho, and Pastor Ray Chang (President of the Asian American Christian Collective or AACC). In light of the massacre on March 16, 2021 in Atlanta, the AACC (including several of the friends I have mentioned here), have drafted a statement that I was honored to sign. I encourage you to read, consider doing the same, and then supporting the organization as they work towards education for all and healing for the AAPI community.

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On March 16, 2021, a 21-year-old white male massacred eight people, six of whom were Asian women. Authorities have now released all of the victim’s names and ages but as of yet, little is known of their stories. We choose to honor them by sharing their names and the little we know at the time of this statement in order to center their humanity: 谭小洁 Xiaojie Tan, 49, an owner of one of the spas, and mother to one daughter; 김현정 Hyun Jung Grant, 51, a single mother of two boys; 冯道友 Daoyou Feng, 44; 박순정 Soon Chung Park, 74; 김순자 Sun Cha Kim, 69; 유영애 Yong Ae Yue, 63; Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, recently married and a mother to a 13-year-old son and an 8-month-old daughter; and Paul Andre Michels, 54, a former Army infantryman who owned a business installing security systems and was doing work for one of the spas. It must be said again: Each life had a story with layers of backgrounds, families and loved ones, and hopes and dreams.

We mourn the loss of these precious people made in God’s image. We are outraged along with the Asian American community as a whole over the violence that has surged during the pandemic yet has roots from long before it. 

Asian American Christian Collaborative (AACC) condemns and denounces the violence committed in the Atlanta massacre on March 16, 2021. We call Christians and church leaders to make a clear and urgent response condemning this heinous act of hate, and we invite all Americans to work toward the dignity and respect of Asian and Asian American lives, especially women. 

Continue reading and sign the statement here.

The Crisis of Our Conscience

My birthday is on January 6, and I have no doubt that this year it was one for the history books. On my birthday, American citizens took over the U.S. Capitol Building where members of congress were preparing to confirm our nation’s new leadership. The United States is a country that prides herself as the epitome of democracy on the world’s stage, as evidenced by our fair elections and the peaceful transfer of power—or so the story goes. Yet on January 6, 2021, the world watched in horror as our nation and her leaders were assaulted by our very own.

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Much has been said about the events of that day, and I suspect more will be written. I am not going to rehash the headlines here. What I will do is ask us, the American church (particularly white people in the American church), to face the truth: On this day, the American flag came down by a white majority group who raised up and waved the Confederate flag, Trump flags and banners that bore the name of Jesus. Ask yourself, Are these symbols or artifacts synonymous? Do they represent and mean the same things?

Continue reading my column at Outreach Magazine.

Good News: Jesus is Still on the Move

Our family, like so many others have crossed the threshold of one year of quarantine, and limited connection with most of our family and friends. Breonna Taylor’s murders are still free and making memories with their families. A jury is being selected to try the case of the police who murdered George Floyd. We are well into the Lenten Season, and I am steadily reading through Mark’s gospel. As the trauma and realties of 2020 have lingered on into 2021, I continue to reflect…

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Only time will reveal the long-term effects and causalities of all that 2020 presented to us. The groanings of the Earth through natural disasters is not new; however, a global pandemic with no cure in sight was not foreseen by anyone but God.

This past year, some American citizens were awakened for the first time to the racial injustices of our social systems. Some were disheartened by the fragility of our economy and the state of our republic. Many questions arose: Where is the church? Who are we really? How is God calling us to rise in this fine hour? As I survey Mark’s Gospel, I am encouraged by the truth that Jesus is on the move.

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Continue reading my Outreach Magazine column.

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