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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNOuCtiqvm8

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: https://www.facebook.com/isaacfellowship/posts/10152431673593853

Looking forward to having you all,

Rev Young Lee Hertig, PhD
Executive Director


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