Isaac Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity

Bridge the Academy, Church, and Community

LOS ANGELES, CA   |  www.isaacweb.org

Mission

ISAAC exists “to grow culturally-rooted spiritual leaders for community transformation.” By bridging the church and academy with 3Ts (Transcribe, Translate, Transmit) method, we honor leadership legacies of the past and present, and mentor the next generations. ISAAC collaborates with the leaders of the church, academy, and business communities from a 3rd learning space-- interdependent, intersectional, and interdisciplinary.

Ruling year info

2007

President

Young Lee Anne Hertig

Main address

4706 VIA COLINA UNIT 780

LOS ANGELES, CA 90042 USA

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EIN

87-0771098

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Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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"Imagining A More Equal Pulpit" funded by Louisville Institute

Despite several waves of feminism and more recent discourses on postcolonial and eco-feminism in academia, male dominance of pulpits on Sunday persists. Thus, today’s Asian American and Latino/a churches remain largely patriarchal in structure and theological orientation. Moreover, on the rare occasions that women clergy are hired, they are paid less than their male counterparts. This results in the continued silencing of women’s voices, despite their numerical majority in the church. Church women who internalize patriarchal culture gladly remain pew sitters, while many who desire gender equity exit the church due to perceived irrelevance; this is especially true of younger women and men. The rise of the “dones” and “nones” (Pew) will continue to have an effect on the socio-political fabric of the United States. We contend that the male gendered pulpit reinforces patriarchal culture and contributes to the loss of congregational vitality. We seek to investigate this phenomenon more fully, and help to transform it toward a fuller expression of the body of Christ. Tackling the problem of male gendered pulpits and implementing transformation require ecumenical team efforts. Therefore, we have assembled a mixed-gendered team that intersects the realms of the academy, the pulpit, and church from Asian American and Latino/a communities.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
People of Latin American descent

PastoralForum creates a safe space for intergenerational Asian North American pastors to share challenges and glean from seasoned pastors in the field. The monthly gathering is interactive and inspiring.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
People of Asian descent

As part of "Imagining A More Equal Pulpit," Gender Summit gathers experienced pastors, executives of the governing bodies of mainline denominations. The goal is to strategize how best to open up pulpits to women clergy.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
Ethnic and racial groups

PastoraLab creates communal learning spaces for Asian American women ministers in the Southern California area to revitalize their callings and develop a Biblical hermeneutic that embraces their multiple identities. PastoraLab will also conduct the National Quantitative Research on the Status of Asian American Women Clergy in Asian American Churches.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Women
Christians

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Isaac Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity

Board of directors
as of 07/30/2022
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Board chair

Florence Li

Wing Pang

Christian Leadership Exchange

Maggie Harmon

Presbyterian Foundation

Angelica Michail

Breana Van Velzen

Duke University Chapel

Joanne Rodríguez

Princeton Theological Seminary

Eric Chen

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