Asian American Quadrilateral – a framework to better understand ministry contexts

practical theology method for the task of constructing local theologies in Asian American contexts, which will be framed as the interaction of four key layers, the Asian American Quadrilateral:

  1. (1) Asian religious and cultural heritages,
  2. (2) Contemporary American culture,
  3. (3) Immigration/post-immigration experience, and
  4. (4) Racialization

A grateful and mutually submitting church

FYI – How Pastor Ken Fong and Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles (EBCLA) are becoming a grateful and mutually submitting church to love LGBTQ Christians and seekers of Christ::

PDF of statement issued by church (March 30, 2014)


cf. The Ken Fong Project documentary

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Redemption Point, a church for Fountain Valley and Westminster, California

Redemption Point Church is reaching people in the Fountain Valley and Westminster, California area, known as Little Saigon, particularly English-speaking Vietnamese Americans. Website Sermon videos

About Redemption Point via

We are the English speaking offspring of the immigrants (mostly Vietnamese), who now find it is easier to express ourselves in English. Therefore we congregate to take a keenly look at God and how He is working in our midst. After all, if there is an eternal heaven or hell, wouldn’t that be the most important thing to consider?

As we look around, we see many fractured relationships: in family, between generations, among the churches, in different cultures – isolations in society. But the “Good News” (in which the Bible called it “Gospel”) is this: all can be (and will be) restored when God reconcile our broken relationship to Him.

Redemption Point worship services are on Sunday night 6pm at Coastal church on the corner of Slater and Ward in Fountain Valley, California.

A Christian Vision of Belonging: Race and Gender – ISAAC’s 6th Symposium

Invitation Letter from Young Lee Hertig


Bridging the Church and Academy To Transform Our Community

November 3-4, 2014 at Hillside Community Church 2241 N. Eastern Ave, LA

We are gearing up for one of the first Asian American and African American bilateral symposiums: “A Christian Vision of Belonging: Race and Gender,” on November 3-4, 2014. The keynote speaker is Willie James Jennings, Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.

Our many panelists include Rev Drs. Chip Murray (USC), Soong-Chan Rah (North Park Theological Seminary), Mark Whitlock, and Drs. Allen Yeh (Biola University), Charlene Jin Lee (Loyola Marymount), David Choi (Princeton Theological Seminary), Jonathan Tran (Baylor University), Joy Moore (Fuller Theological Seminary), Kay Higuera Smith (Azusa Pacific University), and Laura Mariko Cheifetz (Presbyterian Publishing). The workshop leaders include most of the panelists as well as local pastors from both Asian American and African American communities.

At our annual legacy banquet on the night of November 3rd, we will be honoring Bill Watanabe, the former Executive Director of Little Tokyo Service Center for over 33 years; Bill is the Asian American nonprofit guru. The backdrop visuals will be of Yuri Kochiyama, who was a close friend of Malcolm X and was beside him during his moments of last breath. In an early example of Asian American and African American bilateralism, Kochiyama mentored Dr. Donald Brown, who now serves as the LA Regional Center Director of Azusa Pacific University. He will share about her influence on his life. Rev Wendy Tajima will be also speaking at the banquet. Her cousin, Prof. Renee Tajima of UCLA, produced a documentary film about Yuri Kochiyama.

There are two links below: 1) registration; 2) a 2-minute promotional interview with Elder Oscar Owens, Kay Smith, and Soong-Chan Rah.

The courses are prepared for both a physical and intellectual feast: 3 choice meals will be served and COPA VIDA will be brewing their fresh coffee. Don’t forget to sign up for a great early bird deal.

Registration link:

Looking forward to having you all,

Rev Young Lee Hertig, PhD
Executive Director

#InspiredMobility is for the Inspired Mobility campaign of AT&T

The hashtag #InspiredMobility was launched in July 2014 by AT&T to be “a national conversation about the cultural shift in how people use mobile and Internet technology to enhance their faith experience.” The official press release mentioned how it all started, Inspired Mobility: Using Mobile Technologies to Uplift and Inspire –

… Jason Caston, an AT&T consultant and spokesperson, and digital platform and innovation specialist for T.D. Jakes Ministries, kicked-off the Inspired Mobility conversation during the AT&T sponsored closing session entitled, Trending Topics in Tech: Faith in a Mobile World.


Chip Dizard recorded part of that conversation-starter; listen to - Inspired Mobility: Faith in a Mobile World (Podcast). And the conversation is starting on a handful of blogs here and there, like this one, Selfies in church? Yes, please – how technology is amplifying inspired moments ( –

Many, not all, African Americans are deeply connected to their faith community, which serves as the bedrock of spiritual activity, and is a place where key stakeholders who want to have high reach and credible relationships with this community, turn to share messages. Brands with programs such as AT&T’s Inspired Mobility have achieved great success in connecting with the black community, in a relevant way, where they are already actively engaged. According to a recent AT&T survey in collaboration with EBONY magazine, the research points to an overwhelming acceptance with more than 90% of survey respondents indicating technology has a place in the church. Additionally, nearly 80% of respondents indicated that technology has had a positive impact on their worship experience, with the largest percentage of respondent’s using mobile devices to read scripture (22%) or take notes (15%).

At the moment, the conversation is coming and going on social media, so if you happen to catch the hashtag #InspiredMobility in your timeline, you can see what the chatter is and add to the conversations. Or you can start one, but that’s kind of a scary leap of faith when no one adds a comment or reply.

Maybe there will be an online home for this campaign soon where people can more easily see all the current conversations and it’d be more fun to join in…