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Does Indian Christianity Still Matter? A letter to the Indian American Church from Pastor Alex Thomas

This is a question that I have asked myself many times over the past few years as I have observed the landscape of the Church in America, and more specifically the Indian Church in America. What does it mean to be a Christian? What does it mean to be American?…
“Even in the Dark” — Finding the Rest and Grace of Jesus on Diwali
September 26, 2023

“Lord, We Are Coming”: Creating a Spiritual Haven for AAPI Activist Ministry Leaders

For each of us, God’s invitation to “Come and talk with me,” and our response, “Lord, I am coming,” takes place in our own contexts, in our own lived and imaginative landscapes. I hope that we will all have more opportunities to take a holy pause with others in our…
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August 8, 2023

Imagining What’s Possible: Reflecting on AAPI Women’s Leadership in the Vineyard Association

How can we identify the unique gifts of the AAPI community – seeing what and who is overlooked by the church at large, to serve those unseen in ways missed by the broader Vineyard movement, and also gather their gifts in ways that create a stronger Vineyard movement overall? How…
August 1, 2023

The “Model Minority” Myth in the Chinese American Church

Chinese Americans (and Asian Americans) continue to live in the liminal space of the margins. This is not to say that much hasn’t been gained in both secular and religious life. However, as the “model minority,” they remain on the outside, looking to the majority for guidance and direction in…
July 18, 2023

Asian Americans are changing the religious landscape. So why aren’t we talking about them?

Asian Americans are not an insignificant or assimilated-and-erased minority in our nation. They are a complex, multifaceted demographic that is redefining and reshaping the future of the American landscape.
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June 30, 2023

Telling Our Stories, Telling God’s Story: the Ministry of Spiritual Direction and Being Asian Canadian

The story of my own formation, as a spiritual director, and a Christian of Asian Canadian heritage is an integral part of the story of the Church and the story of God. The stories of others in my community, their stories of immigration, of belonging and not belonging, of racism,…
June 12, 2023

100 Percent Authentic Fake: Asian Americans and the Power of Being Authentically Fake

What does it mean to be an Asian American?  What does it mean to be an Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI)?  What does it mean to be an American?  What does it mean to be an authentic American? In one sense, it is the question, “Who is an authentic American?”…