ISAAC March 2016 Newsletter
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I welcomed a year 2016 with D. Simone’s poem below and already March is here.
“May Light always surround you; Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing; Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom; Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you; Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For, May your arms Never Tire.”
― D. Simone
It’s a pleasure to write about ISAAC’s 7th Symposium, ChristianityNext: Dones and Nones, which drew 90 participants - Boomers, GenXers and Millennials.  Special kudos to all the speakers and participants who believe in ISAAC’s mission and participants.  Below is Janelle Paule’s reflection of ISAAC’s Symposium 7, #ChristianityNext: Dones and Nones (Janelle is a senior at Biola University and seeks to make an impact on the lives of young women by inviting them to dig deeper into their own stories):
  • "As a millennial who has been hurt by the Church, it can be easy to fall into the pattern of thinking that I am the only one in my situation. I know that God loves the church, so when my attitude towards the church is one of bitterness, I often wonder if that means that God is bitter towards me. The #ChristianityNext symposium provided me with a different perspective—it reminded me that God's love for me runs deep, even in the tension of trying to figure out where I stand with the Church. I am grateful to have had a space to process the pain that has accumulated through the years. I walked away from this year's symposium with a fresh sense of hope, and it has started me on the path towards healing and redemption."
Symposium panelists [left to right]: Steve Choi, Edwin Aponte, Charles Blake II, Steven Argue, and Kay Higuera Smith.  Photo: Jordyn Sun.
[From left to right] Keynote speaker Richard Mouw with ISAAC Legacy Award Recipients Yunghi Park and Kevin Park, symposium co-chairs Young Lee Hertig and Oscar Owens.  Photo: Daniel Lee.

Summary of Symposium Highlights

  • Working with Elder Oscar Owens as Co-Chair
  • All the speakers’ generous sharing of their time and expertise
  • Creating a 3rd learning space that intersects academia, the church, and community
  • Representing Intergenerational and interethnic panel representation
  • Crossing the barriers of EGG (Ethnicity, Generation, Gender) during the breakout discussions
  • Honoring a couple, Rev Keith and Yunghi Park, for their beautiful partnership in long lasting and thriving ministry in the US and global south.  Keith utilizes women’s gifts and sends them to plant the churches wherever God’s Spirit leads.
For the last 10 years, God has brought talented volunteers to sustain ISAAC’s ongoing mission in a 3rd space.  The 3rd space is a collaborative, intersectional, and creative space of knowledge activism.  Like the Israelites in the wilderness, we have relied on God’s help, not knowing where the next help may come from.  Yes, living in a wilderness at times also accompanies a temptation of idealizing the glitter and glamour of the Palace.  Nevertheless, remembering God’s steadfast love and God’s unfailing faithfulness, ISAAC’s knowledge activism continues to transform colorblind Christian knowledge into a colorful rainbow of reality.  Thank you all for your participation and contribution that made another symposium possible (symposium keynote address and panel presentations are available here:  Several follow up initiatives are on the way.  Stay tuned. 
With deep gratitude,

Young Lee Hertig, Ph.D.
Co-founder/Executive Director
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