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Sandwiched by Theology: On Navigating My Own Faith While Squeezed Between Generations

Trapped between my parents’ theology and the more expansive theology that I’ve embraced, and needing to mediate disagreements when my kids—who are developing their own beliefs—push back against my parents’ worldview, I don’t know if I’ll ever stop feeling caught in the middle. I may feel trapped, but discovering a…
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Safe Spaces and Storytelling: Developing the Emerging Indian Leader
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December 6, 2023

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?…
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November 13, 2023

“Even in the Dark” — Finding the Rest and Grace of Jesus on Diwali

As a member of the “American Desi” community, I am an Indian in diaspora who has spent his entire life celebrating Diwali. As a father, my excitement has grown because I get to share the beautiful heritage of Diwali with my kids. In Diwali, divine light overcomes darkness, good overcomes…
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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…
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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…
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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.