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.
“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.
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