ISAAC May 2016 Newsletter
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The road behind us becomes what freed us for the road ahead.
-Joan Chittister
ISAAC’s 10 Year Anniversary!
In marking our 10th year milestone, several plans are on the way this fall:
  • ISAACForum: ChristianityNext: The Future of ANA Church (Mon., Sept. 26th, 6:00pm-8:30pm and Tues., Sept 27, 11:30am to 2:00pm, in NorCal).  Planning team: Luis Lee, Russell Jeung & Tim Tsung.  More details to be posted on ISAAC’s website. 
  • 10th Year Gala: at the end of October in SoCal. TBA
  • 10th Year Reception during AAR (American Academy of Religion)/SBL (Society of Biblical Literature), in San Antonio, Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Program Highlights
  • Second Year, Pastoral Internship:  ISAAC is ready for the second pastoral internship sponsored by FTE (Forum for Theological Exploration) from June to July, 2016. Janelle Paule, who will be graduating on May 27 from Biola, William Ko freshman from Biola, and Xeres Villanueva, Azusa Pacific University alumna, will join this year’s internship. We are grateful for the partnering congregations: West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Parkhills Community Church, and Word of Encouragement Church.      
  • ISAAC East Coast: ISAAC East is pleased to announce that it has received a $10,000 Pastoral Internship Grant from the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) to help underwrite a Summer Ministry Internship program in the New York City and New Jersey Metro area to begin this summer in mid-June. Project Director Milton Eng is now inviting applications from any college-aged young adult who is considering full-time ministry in the future. For the application, details and inquiry from any interested parties including local hosting churches contact Milton at or go to Deadline for the application is June 15th.
  • EANAW (Ecumenical Asian North American Women) Retreat took place on April 14-16, 2016 in collaboration among American Home Mission Society (Florence Li), Asian Congregation Ministry, PCUSA, (Mei-hui Lai), and ISAAC at Fuller Guest House in Pasadena, CA. Melanie Mar Chow effortlessly administered and even cooked for us. Janelle Paule, ISAAC’s new communication coordinator handled all the communication for us. Young introduced RETOOL and facilitated the six step dialogical process of healing wounds. One participant wrote, “It was indeed an unforgettable retreat for me! My heart is filled with gratitude and love for all of you!"
#ChristianityNext Journal Launch

Editorial Staff:Editor-in-Chief: Rev. Young Lee Hertig, PhD

Managing Editor (Associate Editor): Edward Yang, PhD 

Manuscript Editor: Mark Chung Hearn, PhD (Assistant Clinical Professor of Contextual Education and Ministry, Director of Contextual Education, at Seattle University School of Theology & Ministry) 

Web Editor: Jessica Chen, PhD, LMFT (Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, at Cal State University, Northridge) 

Editorial Board: TBA
ISAAC Updates

We are pleased to announce that a long-term ISAAC board member, Shana Won became the board chair. Shana, Financial Planner at Shuster Financial Group, has been a faithful supporter, prayer partner, and encourager. Under her leadership, we believe that ISAAC board will take a next step.

We welcome Janelle Paule, ISAAC’s Communication Coordinator.  Janelle, a member of the honor’s society at Biola, will be graduating on May 27 with sociology major and minoring in communication studies. Janelle is passionate about social justice and racial reconciliation.  As Executive Coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Programs and Development, Janelle has provided leadership on campus as a student leader.
Edward Yang accepted the call as Associate Pastor of Children, Youth and Families at the Federated Church (PCUSA & UCC) in Columbus, Nebraska, starting July 15th.  His life is in full swing: graduation on June 11 for his PhD in Theology & Culture, move to the midwest, ordination, and ministry.  We deeply appreciate Edward Yang, Associate Director, for his near five years of dedication to ISAAC’s mission.  

Karissa Xu has been volunteering as the youngest intern under ISAAC for four years. Karissa with her mother came from Shanghai and will be graduating from South Pasadena High School on June 8.  She will begin undergrad at Cal Berkeley this fall! It has been delightful to watch Karissa and her mother becoming Christians. At the end of last year, Karissa decided to get baptized. 
We continue our mission of bridging the academy, church, community through 3Ts (Transcribe, Translate, Transmit Spiritual Legacies).  With faith, we rely on your participation and financial support.  

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