Progressive Asian American Christians Facebook Group

An article by Liz Lin original posted at The Salt Collective, “The Loneliness of the Progressive Asian American Christian,” got featured on The Huffington Post, “It’s Lonely Being A Liberal Asian-American Christian: Finding a church often means making a choice between theology and community.

Soon after, the Facebook Group named “Progressive Asian American Christians” reached 1,500 members in the span of 4 weeks. The group has progressively grown to over 2,800 members (at the time of this blog post). Here is its description is handcrafted by Lydia Suh and Liz Lin:

A place for Asian American Christians — of East, Southeast, and South Asian descent, as well as Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians — to share progressive views on theology and how we understand the world and faith through it.

We love how this community is growing and how we’re supporting and encouraging each other. You can find our community guidelines here: https://goo.gl/a5CUJR

We see this space as two ministries: A place for progressive Asian American Christians to be able to talk openly without having to constantly explain or defend themselves, and a place where people can ask questions. Usually we’re able to do both at the same time; occasionally, we hit some bumps. 

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So… what exactly do you mean by progressive?

You’ll find a wide range of perspectives in this group; there isn’t a certain theology or set of beliefs to which everyone ascribes. If you want to get a sense of the kinds of folks who are here, many of us:

  • are politically liberal
  • affirm women at all levels of church leadership
  • identify as feminist
  • care deeply about justice — racial, economic, environmental, educational…
  • are LGBT-affirming
  • identify as LGBTQIA+

If that sounds like you, hooray! Welcome home. We’re so happy you’re here and we hope you find this group to be a place for support, encouragement, and growth. If you’re on the fence about a few of these things, you’re welcome here too. We’re happy you found us, and we hope this is place where you can listen and learn and ask thoughtful questions. And if you were added to the group but don’t think it’s for you right now, you’re welcome back anytime.

We also welcome folks who aren’t Asian American or Pacific Islander but are here to listen, learn, and support.

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Sign up for our monthly newsletter, which highlights events, meetups, and resources from this group: http://eepurl.com/cxAyyz

You can also check out the other Facebook groups that have grown out of this one: https://goo.gl/WmnsQF

Here’s a list we’re compiling of progressive churches that are inclusive of Asian Americans: https://goo.gl/3wLqPN

And here’s how the group got started! https://goo.gl/Gp79sI

Reparative Therapy and the Asian American Church

Summary: Making gay people straight is not the most important goal. Brian Hui (pronounced “Who-E” – one syllable) and I riff on the helpfulness of treatment efforts that aim to change a person’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. We talk about celibacy and its relationship with the gospel. Lastly, we segue into how Asian American’s cultural emphasis on family and belonging can help heal the mismanaged sexuality we all suffer from. Plus: a seemingly random connection with Weight Watchers.

No catchy intro music and it took us 5-8 minutes to warm up but we did our first podcast!

Happy New Year!

 

Related Links:

Mark Yarhouse’s popular book  on homosexuality

Christopher Yuan’s website

Robert Gagnon’s website 

Mark Yarhouse’s blog

Notes: 1) I highly recommend Christopher and his mom Angela Yuan’s memoir – cover above. It is ridiculously good and touches on some of the ideas we talk about in the podcast. 2) My upload speed at church is SO slow and it makes me sound like I’m a call-in guest and not the host. I will be working on this.