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We are advancing the scholarly study of Asian American Christianity, developing a forward-looking vision for Asian American theology, and equipping and empowering Asian American Christians for faithful gospel ministry and public witness.

Our Areas of Focus

The CAAC is a research center at PTS aimed at developing a forward-thinking vision for Asian American theology and ministry. The publications, resources, programs, and events of the CAAC seek to advance intellectually and theologically rigorous research as well as contextually-relevant ministry tools for Asian American Christians and faith leaders. To that end, the CAAC has four main areas of focus: vocation, race, leadership, and mental health.

Vocation

The CAAC provides vocational support to those in the areas of Asian American theology and ministry. Through our conferences, theology and ministry colloquiums, working groups, and courses, as well as the Asian American Theology and Ministry concentration, the CAAC offers current and future leaders in Asian American Christianity opportunities to engage with their community and gain the perspectives of experts in the field.

Race

We bring scholars and speakers together who can elucidate, describe, and give voice to the richness, diversity, and complexity of Asian American life. We also ask what relevance the context and experience of Asian Americans pose for the task of doing Christian theology. We highlight innovative Christian ministries that actively engage the unique circumstances of Asian Americans.

Leadership Development

Will there be an Asian American church in thirty years? What is God’s call for Asian American Christians for our discipleship and public witness and mission? The CAAC raises up the next generation of leaders equipped to minister to Asian American communities with wisdom and with an understanding of their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and needs.

Mental Health

Asian Americans have some of the lowest rates of treatment for mental health issues while also experiencing high rates of mental distress (44%) and serious mental illness (6%). In addition to the stigma attached to seeking mental health support, the anxiety, social isolation, and internalized racism associated with the COVID pandemic has further intensified the situation. The CAAC creates programs, events, and resources that provide holistic strategies for faith leaders.

Latest Content

Curated and published articles for you and your ministry.

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Freedom? A Conversation about Incarceration and Being Asian in the US

Billy Taing and Diane Ujiiye, Co-Directors of API RISE, invite you into conversation about humanizing sisters,…
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To Struggle Against Loneliness: Finding Hope in Carlos Bulosan’s “America is in the Heart”

If Bulosan’s America is in the Heart offers any hope, it is in his illustration…
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Asian Americans and the Future of Protestantism in the U.S.

(These are the oral remarks by Professor Carolyn Chen at a book symposium on Professor…
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Festival of Lights: Diwali in the Light of Jesus

Just as early Roman Christians saw a mirror of the Incarnation in Saturnalia, I see…
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Paul Lim | Asian American Church History and Young Nak Presbyterian Church
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Carrie Myers | Cultivating Asian American Spiritual Formation
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“Religion, Culture, and Politics at Sunisa Lee Celebration”
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Breaking the Bamboo Cross: Asians in Christian Leadership Positions
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Christina Edmondson | The High Cost of Solidarity
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Hyepin Im | The Model Minority Myth and Racial Solidarity
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Jonathan Tran | Racial Capitalist Aftermarkets: LA Riots or LA Uprising?
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Panel Discussion | Hope from Ashes
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Russell Jeung | The Educational Squid Game
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Kathryn Gin Lum | Heathen: Religion and Race in American History
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Jane Hong | When and Where We Enter: Reframing How We Talk about 1992

Upcoming Events

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FEB 24, 2022

Asian American Theology and Ministry Colloquium – Rev. Dr. Janette Ok

What does it mean to preach in a way that reflects being Asian American? Is there such a thing as a distinctly Asian American voice and presence at the pulpit? This conversation will explore possibilities for how to engage biblical interpretation as a contextual and liberative practice that interacts with Asian American identity.