- Christianity Today is planning multi-city focus groups (in L.A., Chicago, and NYC) to interact with and learn from Asian-American Christian leaders. The magazine is also planning a feature story about Asian American Christianity for the fall.
- Verge Network made justice and racial intelligence a major theme for its national gathering in March
- Leaders of the Exponential conference are pursuing plans to grow in the area of cultural intelligence, especially with regards to their relationships with the Asian American community
- Leaders of several Asian American Christian institutes and initiatives are following up within the Asian American community as well as with the broader church
- At least one new website has emerged after the letter–AsianAmericanChristian.org–which features Tim Tseng’s helpful historical summary of events that ultimately led to the Open Letter as well as other voices in response
So although the waters have seemed quiet since the initial post-letter media splash, we are now pursuing long-term change, which often happens beneath the surface and out-of-sight. And as we all know, change takes time and patience. But we have no doubt that as these plans and conversations continue, change will in fact occur, in the church and beyond.
In the meantime, you can help by continuing to advocate for increased Asian American participation in Christian organizations and causes with which you are connected. For example, we have recently contacted both Christianity Today and the new IF: Gathering to encourage increased Asian American representation in their leadership structure, and we would appreciate your taking similar initiative as you feel so led in your own circles of influence. And if you have any of your own stories to share, positive or negative, about any aftereffects of the letter, please feel free to share in the comments below.
The letter was always intended as just a first step to increase awareness in the church of issues related to cultural and racial insensitivity. But as we move on to the post-letter stage, the harder work of pursuing racial reconciliation in the church will require all our collective efforts, both from those of us who signed the letter to those in our broader church family. We welcome your continued participation in these efforts, and we will continue to keep you informed of any major developments as they arise.
For the Unity of the Church,
Ken Fong / Greg Jao / Kathy Khang / Ken Kong / Christine Lee / Daniel D. Lee / Helen Lee / David Park / Soong-Chan Rah / Bruce Reyes-Chow / Daniel So / Nikki Toyama-Szeto / Sam Tsang / Justin Tse / Timothy Tseng
(P.S. If you will be at the “Lighting the Community” summit in D.C. this week, and you see either Ken Kong, Daniel Lee, Helen Lee, or Nikki Toyama, please introduce yourself. We’d love to meet you.)