November 2015 Newsletter
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Bridging Academy, Church, Community

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.

- Melody Beattie
As Thanksgiving is around the corner already, we want to thank many friends who have been faithful in supporting ISAAC’s mission.  With your words of encouragement and participation, we have been able to dare to continue our mission.  We appreciate faithful friends of ISAAC who has been with us from the beginning and new friends who share our common mission.   We want to see more leaders rooted and ignited for God’s mission today and tomorrow as the world remains divided and extremely unequal.

Below are words of affirmation from two faithful friends of ISAAC:
"I have been to most of the ISAAC Symposiums since it began in 2009. I am very grateful of their voice and work on culture, gender, and generation gap, and other issues in the Asian American Christian community. As a female clergy in a predominantly Anglo church doing Asian ministry is not an easy task. Their efforts on bringing these up and sharing ways to bridge them have given me courage to do what I was called to do and have helped me in my ministry. I don’t feel so alone and really appreciate the voice and work of the Asian American theologians. Heart-felt thanks to your never-ceasing effort on doing God's work." Rev. Dr. Ada Wong-Nagata (Associate Rector of Church of Our Savior, San Gabriel Valley) shares her experience with ISAAC’S annual symposium. 
"Why ISAAC? Why the study of Asian American Christianity? The more important question is whether Asian Americans and the American church in general understand Asian American Christians. In our (Asian American) attempts to live up to the model-minority stereotype, we’ve attempted to assimilate ourselves into the dominant (white) culture but inevitably, we have remained perpetual foreigners. It is precisely for these, among other, reasons that the Asian American Christian way needs to be better comprehended by those within and outside this path. ISAAC has begun to take up this important task in ways that foreground the concerns and commitments of the evangelical church, while not ignoring or marginalizing mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, and other ecumenical voices and perspectives. There is much work to be done, but with ISAAC leading the way, there is hope for better self-understanding toward the more collaborative witness that must sound forth in these challenging times." Dr. Amos Yong (Professor of Theology & Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora) shares about ISAAC's mission. 
ISAAC Resources:

SANACS 2014-2015 is now available both in eBook format and hardcopy at


ED Activities
  • Preparing for ISAAC’s seventh symposium on “Christianity Next: Intergenerational Forum regarding Dones and Nones with Christianity” January 30, 2016 and March 5, 2016. 
  • Rotating off from the AANATE (Association of Asian North American Theological Education) steering committee on November 20, 2015.  Dr. Edward Yang will serve as a steering committee member of AANATE and will represent evangelical voice. 
  • Presbyterian Women’s Theological Consultation at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, October 1-3, 2015.
  • A plenary speaker at the second Women Of Color In Ministry Conference, Atlanta Georgia, Georgia, October 15-17, 2015.
  • In the process of organizing a Women Of Color in Ministry SoCal focus group
  • Recently moved to a new location: 780 Portola Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90042
ISAAC's ED with Dr. Martha Simmons (Collaborative Partner, WOCIM Proj.) at the 2015 Women Of Color in Ministry Conference
ISAAC East Coast: 

ISAAC East is pleased to announce the publication of Milton Eng's new book with Zondervan, Devotions on the Hebrew Bible and invites one and all to its "Book Celebration and Signing Event." It will be held twice: at the The Crossing Church in Livingston, NJ on Saturday, Nov. 7th at 2 pm and at Grace Faith Church in Chinatown, NYC on Sunday, Nov. 8th at 4:30 pm. Milton's co-editor Lee Fields will be flying in from North Carolina to guest-speak and introduce a new method for learning Hebrew called TPR or Total Physical Response. Learn some Hebrew while you're there! Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. For further details and to reserve your copy of the book, go to

Northern California ISAAC boardmember Dr. Russell Moy taught "The Bible as an Asian American Book" at the Free Methodist Church of El Cerrito on Sept 13, in a collaboration between ISAAC and the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement program. Dr. Viji Nakka-Cammauf continues her work with Little Flock Children’s Home, which just held its eleventh anniversary celebration banquet. She is also serving on the faculty of a Christian university in Allahlabad, Uttar Pradesh, in northern India, and will be teaching a one-week intensive doctoral program for pastors, seminary faculty, and other church leaders in the area of contextual spiritual formation. Dr. Russell Yee continues to teach for Fuller Theological Seminary both online and at various extension sites. He recently helped host Dr. Ken Fong and Dr. Daniel Lee as they came to Oakland to present “Radical Grace,” the vision for Fuller’s Asian American Initiative.

Mirrored Reflections Adult Education Series will be held at EFC LA during the month of December.  Young Lee Hertig, Beverly Chen, and Melanie Mar Chow will be presenters. 

Joy Lentz Wong, AAWOL blog administrator gave another birth to her daughter, Emmaus Liam Wong who arrived on July 14th.  She has been so faithfully administering AAWOL blog
SAVE the Date: December 5th for Annual Friends of ISAAC gathering.  It will be at 780 Portola Terrace, Los Angeles, 90042 at 5:00pm.  We will be featuring a Christian Asian American Entrepreneur (TBA). 

We rely on your faithful support.  Please .

Thank you,

Young Lee Hertig
ISAAC Executive Director
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