ISAAC April 2015 Newsletter
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April Newsletter

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1)
We are now in the fourth year of the drought here in California, and hopefully this finally has our attention on the fact that we’ve taken God’s ecosystem for granted. Karissa Xu, ISAAC’s youngest intern, is growing in her awareness of the ecological crisis at hand. During her winter and summer breaks from high school, Karissa flew back to Shanghai to visit. While she was there, she noticed the deteriorating air quality, as well as the deleterious impacts on the edibility of fish. I’m encouraged by Karissa’s growing awareness, and also encouraged by her growth in Christ and participation in a local church.
I had the privilege of attending the Sustainability Summit 2015 on Friday, April 24, at the Getty Center. Each year, President Mary Leslie of the Los Angeles Business Council brings together researchers from higher education, the business community, policymakers, and nonprofit organizations to tackle climate change and work towards a green economy. At the summit, Mayor Garcetti laid out three E’s—Environment, Economy, and Equity—as his key mission. This year’s sessions highlighted innovative de-carbonization, electrification, and solar energy, filling participants with hope. California is the world’s seventh largest economy, in part by developing a green economy. This was the second year I attended, and found it inspiring to meet leaders from the education, business, and policy sectors who implement ideas into actions. 

Young Lee Hertig, “A Yinist Pedagogy: Theological Education at the Well,” In The Future of Asian/North American Theological EducationJANATE (Journal of Asian/North American Theological Educators), Volume 1, Number 1, 2015.
Milton Eng, Devotions on the Hebrew Bible by Zondervan (to appear this summer).

Bilateral Together Series: Special kudos to Rachael Lee at Christianity Daily for her participation in and reporting of ISAAC’s programs. Rachael’s English-language journalism at the Korean language Christian newspaper Gidok Ilbo bridges generational and racial divides.
  • Together We Can Revive: Retelling the Azusa Street Revival and Little Tokyo (March 28, as part of ISAAC’S 5th Theological Education by Experience program). Photo of event included above.
  • Together Cook & View: Fresh off the Boat episode #1. On March 7th, James Cho and Euny Cho hosted African American and Asian American faith leaders for a FOTB watch party, making for an evening of interesting contrasts and convergences. 
  • Together We Can Breathe: Racial Solidarity: Racial Solidarity, hosted by Christ Our Redeemer Church (Pastor Mark Whitlock), Irvine, CA, on January 31, 2015.
Planning for a Trilateral Symposium
After organizing series of bilateral dialogues between African American and Asian American faith leaders, we are now planning for a trilateral symposium with African American, Asian American, and Latino faith leaders. The planning committee is currently being organized. Please pray with us for the many videoconferences and face-to-face meetings sure to follow. Stay tuned.
Karissa Xu (ISAAC Intern)
ISAAC NorCal: Rev Russell Yee, PhD
As part of ISAAC's ongoing efforts to transcribe, translate, and transmit the story of Asian American Christianity, the Northern California Theological Book Group is meeting to discuss Amos Yong’s The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora. ISAAC Northern California is also working on plans to again offer its series on Asian American Christianity as part of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement educational series. For more information, contact Dr. Russell Yee.
ISAAC East Coast News: Rev Milton Eng, PhD
ISAAC East Coast is looking forward to its second annual sponsorship of Asian American leaders to attend the Willow Creek Association Leadership Summit this August 6-7 (Thu-Fri). This year the headline speaker is Jim Collins, leadership expert and author of Good to Great. If you are interested in attending at the greatly reduced WCA Membership rate at any of the 300+ satellite locations across the country, please contact Dr. Milton Eng. On a personal note, Milton was selected to receive the 2015 Alumni of the Year award from his alma mater Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, PA. He will accept the award at graduation ceremonies on May 8th.
Fund Development for ISAAC’s 3Ts Mission
For ISAAC’s expanding mission, we have sought more institutional and individual partnerships in several ways:
1. Established a mission partnership with the Presbyterian Foundation to expand ISAAC’s donor base and assistance in fund development and management for two accounts: a) ISAAC’s annual symposium; b) ISAAC Fellowship. 
2. Identified more foundations that align with ISAAC’s mission.
3. Praying for still more individual, ecclesial, entrepreneurial donors.
Together we believe that we can transform our churches, communities, and the world. Would you join us with your prayers in ISAAC’s 3T mission to Transcribe, Translate, and Transmit Spiritual Legacies?
In prayer,

Rev Young Lee Hertig, PhD
Executive Director
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