ISAAC September 2015 Newsletter
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"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19)

ISAAC Newsletter - Sept 2015

FTE Summer Internship

With a generous support from the Fund for Theological Education (FTE), ISAAC was able to organize its first bilateral (African American & Asian American) summer internship.  Four college-age Asian American students were selected as interns (pictured above, clockwise from upper left): Jonathan Hong who recently graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA); Edward Kim, a senior at Azusa Pacific University (APU); Jinnie Choi, a sophomore at APU and Dooly Kim, a sophomore at APU.  They were assigned to visit and debrief weekly with a supervisor from prominent African American Churches in Los Angeles.  Site supervisors included Elder Oscar Owens of West Angeles Church of God in Christ; Rev. Charolyn Jones of First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church of Los Angeles; and Rev. Larry Campbell of FAME Church of Pasadena.  In addition, summer interns met with Rev. Young Lee Hertig on a weekly basis for theological reflection and team building. 

[Rev. Young Lee Hertig (right) offering words of appreciation for Elder Oscar Owens of West Angeles Church of God in Christ]

On September 1, 2015, ISAAC celebrated the completion of its first bilateral internship at a dinner with family and friends.  The summer interns shared their transformative experiences of connecting with stories from the African American Christian community.  Rev. Young Lee Hertig appreciated the generous support of FTE, partnering African American churches and their site supervisor for ISAAC internship.  She also shared ISAAC’s commitment to expand the bilateral internship.

For more information, check out the Christianity Daily article on ISAAC’s Internship Dinner:

Accolades for ISAAC:

“Connecting with ISAAC and AAWOL programs is, without question, the single most impactful decision I have made in my professional life.  I only wish the organizations existed when I was younger!  ISAAC provides an important bridge between the church and the academy, while also giving space to individual exploration at the intersections of race, theology, and personal identity.  Sisters of AAWOL were Godsends to me when I was witnessing non-overt (just as painful as, often more insidious than, blatant) racism and gender discrimination and didn't know how to process the experience.  The meetings were and the blogspace continues to be safe contexts to work through my own shame and anger, as well as celebrate bright spots of victory in our communities!  If you have yet to engage, sign up for the next event.  If you have engaged, be sure to support with your time and purse!”
Debbie Hearn Gin (Association for Theological Schools (ATS): Director, Research and Faculty Development)
“ISAAC’s annual Symposium has consistently been not only among the best conferences for Asian American academics and practitioners in Southern California; it’s among the best conference in Southern California period. Exceptional speakers, important conversations, ground breaking ideas—it’s hard for to imagine a more timely conference, and ISAAC’s leaders have replicated its quality each year. What a tremendous gift to Southern California Christian and academic communities, and not to be missed.”
Jonathan Tran (Baylor University: Associate Professor)


"Friends of ISAAC" Gala on November 7, 2015.  Location: TBD.
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