ISAAC June 2015 Newsletter
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"Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man."(Luke 6:20-22 NIV)
The massacre that killed nine spiritual leaders at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston is infuriating for many reasons, one of them being the fact that the killer spent an hour in Bible study with and received the hospitality of the victims. Paying hospitality with evil violence is, indeed, horrific and heart wrenching. While grieving the sudden deaths of their beloved pastors, fathers, mothers, and friends, the responses of the victims’ families to the killer has been beyond my imagination!  The amazing grace expressed from the families amidst indescribable pain in all their fibers, is also interpreted by some African American spiritual leaders as “cheap grace” that the killer received.  However, their refusal to pay evil with evil can be traced back to the unyielding historical memories of the church. The church’s revolt against slavery took the founding father hung to death and the church building burnt to the ground. The surviving families’ gracious responses to the killer not only mirrors the church’s spiritual resilience throughout her history but also embody Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. May the Holy Spirit grant God’s comfort to the Mother Emmanuel and the transformation of lives ahead. 

FTE/ISAAC Bilateral Summer Internship
We are pleased to announce that the Forum for Theological Exploration granted ISAAC a summer pastoral internship starting for 2015 and 2016. Four Korean American young adults will be assigned to four historically black congregations to learn from their histories and spiritual legacies. We have devoted the year 2015 to our ongoing bilateral Together series with African American and Asian American faith leaders. The bilateral internship is our latest effort to engage Korean American young adults with African American church histories and legacies. The interns will learn and serve in their assigned African American congregations and be mentored by a team of pastoral and lay leaders, as well as by the ISAAC project director. Furthermore, the interns will meet weekly for support and peer mentoring.

At the end of the internship, a worship service with the theme of calling will be held at one of the participating churches. Interns will share about their experiences, and members of the mentoring team will also have an opportunity to address the congregation and advocate the pursuit of God’s call. Public conversation will be initiated on a topic that is seldom broached in the Asian immigrant church.  The summer interns are:
  • Dooly Kim, an Azusa Pacific University student majoring in ministry.
  • Edward Sarang Kim, an Azusa Pacific University student majoring in theology.
  • Jinnie Choi, an Azusa Pacific University student majoring in ministry.
  • Jonathan Hong, a recent UCLA graduate who majored in Economics and plans on pursuing ministry. 
As part of ISAAC's ongoing efforts to transcribe, translate, and transmit the story of Asian American Christianity, the Northern California Theological Book Group met in April and June to not only discuss books but also to interact (though the magic of Skype) with their authors. The earlier meeting featured Amos Yong’s The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora (Yong is early in his tenure at Fuller Theological Seminary as professor of theology and mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research). The perennial question of majority/minority power and perspectives ran through much of the conversation. The later meeting featured Mirrored Reflections: Reframing Biblical Characters, edited by ISAAC Executive Director Young Lee Hertig and Logos Evangelical Seminary Associate Professor of Old Testament Chloe Sun. Here we focused on Hertig’s Yinist Theology proposal, using Taoist categories to provide an alternative to Western approaches to gender and power. The group plans to meet next in September. For more information, contact Dr. Russell Yee at
ISAAC East is looking forward to sponsoring Asian American pastors and leaders to attend this year's Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit on August 6-7th. Headline speakers are Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, Brian Houston of Hillsong Church, Ed Catmull of Pixar and Disney, as well as Bill Hybels. For further details, information, and cost go to Milton continues to consult and resource local Asian American churches in the northern NJ and NY areas. He is planning on holding a book launch event in the fall for his new book with Zondervan Devotions on the Hebrew Bible. For details and information, please contact Milton at
Kudos to co-editor Milton Eng for the publication of the book, Devotions on the Hebrew Bible
ED’s Activities:
  • Finished “Arise” essay featuring the CBE (Christians for Biblical Equality) workshop, “Power Brokers: Vashti, Mordecai, and Esther,” scheduled on Sunday July 26.
  • Contributed a post, “Eating Alone”, to the AAWOL blog.
  • Recruited and interviewed candidates for the FTE/ISAAC young adult bilateral pastoral internship, which begins on July 8th and runs for eight weeks.
  • Compiled the written documents from the 6th Symposium and prepared for publication of a new issue of the SANACS Journal (Society of Asian North American Christian Studies). We are aiming for July publication.
  • Participated in the Presbyterian Women Theologian Consultation meeting at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago on May 25-27. The leadership team is preparing for a summit gathering from October 1-3 at McCormick Theological Seminary.
  • Preached at Beautiful Church in Rowland Heights, CA, on May 13.
  • Contributed to Inheritance Magazine on “Changing Obstacles into Vehicles,” a reflection on organizing the bilateral Symposium, “A Christian Vision of Belonging: Race and Gender,” November 3-4, 2014.
  • Networked with key leaders from African American and Latin@ faith communities during the month of May and June.
  • Contributed an essay, "Mission Theology and the Stewardship of the Earth," Edited by Paul Hertig and Robert Gallagher, Orbis Books, to be published in 2016.
Please look out for the announcement of the Friends of ISAAC and ArtFest this fall and the Trilateral Symposium between African American, Asian American, and Latinos. We rely on gracious volunteers and would appreciate the sharing of your time, talent, and resources for ISAAC’s ongoing mission of 3Ts: Transcribe, Translate, Transmit Spiritual Legacies.
In partnership,

Rev Young Lee Hertig, PhD
Executive Director
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