ISAAC Newsletter for June 2014
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Bridging the Church and Academy to Transform Our Community

September 2014

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

A Brief History of ISAAC
Since its inception in 2006, ISAAC has focused on the mission of bridging the church and academy to grow spiritual leaders who are rooted in their cultural heritage.  The co-founders all experienced the missing link between the academy and the Asian American church.  Viewing the academy from ANA church contexts and the church from academic contexts gave birth to ISAAC in 2006.  The co-founders are the Reverends Drs. Timothy Tseng, Russell Moy, Russell Yee, Grace Choi Kim, Viji Nakka-Cammauf, and Young Lee Hertig who taught at seminaries and ministered in Asian American churches.

Our 3Ts Mission: Transcribe, Translate, Transmit Spiritual Legacies
As an attempt to bridge the missing link and galvanize ANA voices, ISAAC launched its annual symposium in 2009.   We deliver a 3Ts mission--Transcribe; Translate; Transmit the ANA cultural and spiritual legacies of unyielding faith, hard work, and perseverance despite the mounting obstacles the pioneer generations faced.  Such sacrificial work often means substituting time spent with their offspring with material compensation.   As Pew research indicates, Americans own more stuff but are less happy today than they were in the 1950s, when they owned less.  Many people find a sense of meaninglessness and restlessness once they climb up the ladder of the American dream.  Without transcribing and transmitting the previous generations’ legacies, people remain rootless and rely on short-lived external gratification.  Meaning in life comes when we connect with something bigger than our own lives and our own self-interests. 

Symposim #6: "A Christian Vision of Belonging: Race and Gender"

After five annual symposia, we now turn to bridge ANA faith stories with African American stories.  As long as 11:00am on Sunday morning remains largely segregated, we lack mutual learning and mutual empowering for public witness. We feel and witness too many Fergusons in our cities in 2014.    For ISAAC’S 6th Symposium, we’re creating bilateral space for Asian American and African American experiences of race and gender in the church and community—to foster a sense of belonging and inclusion between the two communities. 

The plenary speaker will be Dr. Willie James Jennings (professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School). Other notable presenters include Dr. Charlene Jin Lee (professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University), Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray (John R. Tansey Chair in Christian Ethics at the USC School of Religion), Rev. Dr. Joy Moore (Associate Dean for African American Church Studies and professor of preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary), and Rev. Soong-Chan Rah (distinguished author and professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary). [pictured from left to right]

To join this space, please register for the 6th Symposium here:

See you all at the 6th Symposium, November 3-4, 2014, in Los Angeles!
Yours Faithfully,
Rev. Young Lee Hertig, PhD
Executive Director 
Sept. 2014 Update of ISAAC Events and News
ISAAC NorCal: While taking much of the summer off, ISAAC Northern California's Theology Book Group welcomed two newborns among group members, and also met with Helen Lee (new Associate Editor at InterVarsity Press) as she did research for a forthcoming feature article. We’ll start diving into James V. Brownson's Bible, Gender, Sexuality in September. - Russell Yee (

ISAAC East Coast: Seven Asian American pastors and leaders attended Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit on August 14th and 15th.  For Milton Eng’s reflection, please see the ISAAC EXPRESS blog.  A seminar with Prof. Amos Yong on vocational calling, “Should I Go to Seminary?: Pursuing the Call to Church and the Academy,” is scheduled for November 9th
Donations to ISAAC can be sent via PayPal ( or check mailed to ISAAC, 826 Orange Grove Place, South Pasadena, CA 91030
For other Asian American events, please check link below: 

INFUSE conference registration:
Joy Wong, Margaret Yu, and Young Lee Hertig will be speaking and facilitating workshops: “New Ways of Modeling Shared Leadership” on September 13, 2014. 
INFUSE is a conference that seeks to reframe ministries for Asian Americans in changing cultures. Produced by INHERITANCE media in partnership with Access Bible Convention

AANATE (Association of Asian/North American Theological Educators) International Conference: Embodying Our Voices: ASIAN/NORTH AMERICAN THEOLOGICAL EDUCATORS CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 3-5, 2014, PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY
Young Lee Hertig will be presenting a paper, “Collaboration from the 3rd Space” (presider: Kevin Park at Columbia Theological Seminary), and participating on the panel “Critical Issues in Networking and Partnership” along with Sharon Tan (United Theological Seminary, Twin Cities), and Uriah Kim (Hartford Seminary), and Respondents: Kwok Pui Lan, Episcopal Divinity School, Lester Ruiz, The Association of Theological Schools/The Commission on accreditation. 
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