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Dialogues in Asian American Theology and Ministry

Christ Among the Classes

Toward an Asian-American Theology of Wealth and Poverty

Featuring Rev. Dr. Al Tizon

FEBRUARY 15, 2023 • 6:00–7:30PM EST • Hybrid Event

Cooper Room, Erdman Center at Princeton Theological Seminary

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Christ Among the Classes

Toward an Asian-American Theology of Wealth and Poverty

Christ Among the Classes (Orbis Books) paints a picture of Jesus among the rich and the poor of his day and calls the church to imitate Christ among the rich and the poor of our day by the power of the Spirit. In light of Asian and Asian-American cultures, where success is defined and pursued in particular ways, what might this call look like?

Featured Speaker

Affiliate Professor of Missional and Global Leadership

Rev. Dr. Al Tizon

North Park Theological Seminary

Al Tizon is lead pastor of Grace Fellowship Community Church in San Francisco, CA and affiliate professor of missional and global leadership at North Park Theological Seminaryin Chicago, IL.

Al has engaged in community development, church leadership, advocacy, and urban ministry in the United States and in the Philippines. Previous positions he has held include executive minister of Serve Globally, the international ministries of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination; holistic ministry director and then president of Christians for Social Action and associate professor of holistic ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University near Philadelphia, PA.

Al is the author or editor of seven books, including Whole & Reconciled: Gospel, Church, and Mission in a Fractured World (Baker Academic, 2018) and Christ Among the Classes: The Rich, the Poor, and the Mission of the Church (Orbis, 2023).

Al received his BA in religious studies (1984) and his MA in church leadership studies (1987) from Vanguard University of Southern California (Costa Mesa, CA). He received his PhD in missiology from the Graduate Theological Union (2005, Berkeley, CA). Al is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Al and his wife Janice live in the San Francisco Bay Area, in close proximity to their four grown children and seven grandchildren.



Dr. David C. Chao

Center for Asian American Christianity

Dr. David C. Chao is director of the Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary. He teaches courses on Asian American theology, organizes academic programs in Asian American theology and ministry, and mentors Asian and Asian American students. His research and writing focus on Asian American theology, the uses of Christian doctrine for liberation, the convergence and divergence of Protestant and Catholic dogmatics, and the theology of Karl Barth. His first book, titled Concursus and Concept Use in Karl Barth's Doctrine of Providence, is under contract with Routledge. He is grant co-author and project editor for the $300,000 translation grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Karl Barth Translator’s Seminar. He is also developing a multi-volume project on Asian American theology. Chao is a graduate of Yale University (BA), Regent College (MDiv), and Princeton Theological Seminary (ThM, PhD). He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Association for Asian American Studies. Chao has a wide range of pastoral experience with Chinese American, Korean American, and Pan-Asian churches and ministries and is an active member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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Note: Al Tizon will be presenting virtually. We will be meeting in person to engage with his live virtual presentation together.
Time: 6:00–7:30PM ET
Location: Cooper Room, Erdman Center
Address: 20 Library Pl, Princeton, NJ 08540

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Center for Asian American Christianity

The newly expanded Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary comes at a critical time in the life of Asian America. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial-ethnic demographic in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the persistence of anti-Asian racism. Moreover, minority and immigrant churches are poised to transform the face of Christianity in the United States in the next few decades. The Center for Asian American Christianity seeks to equip and empower the next generation of Asian American leaders for service in church, society, and academy.

Princeton Theological Seminary has been a leading voice in Asian American theology and ministry through the work of Professor Emeritus Sang Hyun Lee, the Center for Asian American Christianity, and the establishment of the Kyung-Chik Han Chair of Asian American Theology.