To Equip Culturally-Rooted Spiritual Leaders

Those who do not have power over the story that dominates
their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it,
joke
about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless,
because they cannot think new thoughts — S. Rushdie

Easter greetings, friends of ISAAC! May the rich stories of Easter fill your dinner table without digital interruption !
 
Stories of all kinds enrich humanity, binding us together while also freeing us from binds. But our lack of family narratives has contributed to cycles of intergenerational conflict. According to psychologists, we need stories to thrive. Families engage in creativity, refinement, and retelling through our stories. These tales include positive events as well as challenging ones, particularly challenges that have been met and overcome.
 
Recently I bore witness to the power of intergenerational storytelling. Our community recently saw the passing of the Rev. Young Han Kang. During his son James's eulogy, James described his father's love through their many late night storytelling sessions. Although I did not have the privilege of knowing Rev. Kang during his time with us, I came to know him in the tales of his bottomless love as told by the overflowing crowd. I also feel that I have been a recipient of Rev. Kang's selfless love through his son James's work as ISAAC's volunteer webmaster.
 
Like Rev. Kang, who valued transmitting stories, ISAAC creates intergenerational, inter-ethnic stories in order to equip culturally-rooted spiritual leaders. Our hope is to unleash intergenerational stories in order to overcome generational alienation within the family and the church. Where there is alienation, we seek to bond; where there is suspicion, we want to bring trust. Where there is the pain of exclusion, we want to bring the healing of inclusion through storytelling.
 
One venue of ANA storytelling has been ISAAC's Symposia. Our 5th Symposium -- “Healing of Memories, Healing of Finances” was born out of the enthusiastic participant response to the third Asian American Equipping Symposium, “Healing of Memories.” This event will take place on October 4-5, 2013. We will address and process two crucial yet often overlooked obstacles to effective leadership—our wounded memories and our unhealthy finances. Stay tuned for more detailsin our next ISAAC newsletter.
 

ISAAC's Team Spirit
On February 15, ISAAC board and staff gathered under the gracious hosting of Pasadena Presbyterian Church for our one-day planning retreat. Facilitated by Bill Watanabe, we planned and strategized the implementation of ISAAC's ongoing mission, bolstered our team spirit and introduced some new faces. The 12 of us gathered to accomplish our objectives—working together and familiarizing each person's role in the implementation of ISAAC's missions.
 
ISAAC Digest
We welcome Pete Hsu as the first ISAAC Fellow. Pete will take on the ISAAC Digest, utilizing ISAAC's website to post excerpts from SANACS journal articles, interactive responses, interviews, and more. Pete is a licensed marriage and family therapist.
 
AARMS (Asian Art Relations & Movements)
Headed by art curator, Sam Kho, AARMS's inaugural event will be held on May 4th, 7pm at Young's home. We will be showing Ondi Timoner's film We Live In Public, winner of the Sundance Festival's 2009 Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Documentary category. We will also discuss having regular meetings to help each other grow creatively and professionally. Exercising our AARMS!
 
ISAAC Northern California
SANACS Journal #3, featuring the second AAES -- “Asian American History, the Lost Coin,” and the third AAES -- “Healing of Memories,” is finally on the way. We expect to be in print in late April. Kudos to Russell Yee for his leadership and Pete Hsu's assistance in initial editing.
 
Russell Moy, ISAAC'S Board Chair celebrated his milestone birthday in March. According to Confucius, his life has just begun
 
ISAAC Midwest (Andrew Lee)
Midwest ISAAC's Summer Internship: In order to assist Asian American congregations in the Midwest to address this urgent need, a summer internship program will be offered for college-aged young adults who are considering full-time vocational ministry. Successful applicants will serve in their respective churches and be mentored by a team of pastoral and lay leaders at their church, as well as by The ISAAC project coordinator. Furthermore, the interns will meet weekly for support and peer mentoring. The deadline is April 1. For further details, please check isaacweb.org.
 
ISAAC Eastcoast (Milton Eng)
Intercongregational Easter Worship Initiative:
In line with ISAAC's value of "Collaboration," Milton Eng, East Coast Project Director has been working with two English-Speaking Asian American congregations to hold a first-ever Joint Good Friday Service in Flushing, Queens. The two churches are Living Faith Community and Chinese For Christ NY both in Flushing. It will be held at 7:30 pm at CFCNY and endeavors to demonstrate Christ's unity in worship around the cross."
 
AAWOL
AAWOL welcomed its second director, Debbie Gin, in January of this year.  She will be celebrating her completion of PhD on May 18 and she will be speaking at the graduation.  Her dissertation title is “Predicting Seminary Faculty Engagement With Multicultural Education.”  Under her leadership, AAWOL looks forward to forming additional chapter meetings initially in the Southern California area and forming an Advisory and Support Council. The Azusa AAWOL chapter continues to meet and address relevant areas, such as ordination, singleness and ministry implications for women, influence of Confucian philosophy and values, and moving from self-effacement to self-enhancement. The AAWOL blog maintains its reach to many Asian American women, most recently by initiating an “Author's Corner” which will feature works by and for evangelical Asian American women leaders. Please contact Debbie Gin (dgin@apu.edu) with ideas or if you want to get connected to a chapter meeting.

News from Executive Director

Daoshalom Cafe: An intergenerational, interethnic church of dialogue began in  September 2012 and continues to meet beneath a gazebo in Young's driveway.
This small gathering shares meals and stories under the shelter of trust and community. A second gazebo was recently added to make room for more at the table.
MOU: A memorandum of understanding between ISAAC and NAAC (National Asian American Coalition) has been forged. On March 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, Young had the opportunity to attend a day-long meeting hosted by NAAC President Faith Bautista and General Counsel Robert Gnaizda. This is yet another step in the building of strong and diverse community bridges.

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