Living Justice

Living Justice is a space where we highlight the justice work PAAC members do, diving into the personal and theological motivations behind their work. We’ll explore the many different paths justice can take and how PAAC community members are bringing their faith to life by advancing justice in its myriad of forms.

Do, Redo, & Do Better: Steps to Living Justly

Do, Redo, & Do Better: Steps to Living Justly

“Living justly” can be such a grand idea that we can’t begin to know how to approach it. Over the last few weeks, there have been calls to protest, to learn, to donate, and to talk to our families and friends to build a more just society. All those things are good and necessary. Keep doing those things. And, what else can we do? We can start by taking baby steps to reducing harm.

A Decolonized Reading List for Children aged 3-5

A Decolonized Reading List for Children aged 3-5

As a parent of an almost 4 year old, we’ve been trying to source and read anti-racist books since she was born. Here are four beautiful books that we love. Some of these are new to us, and some of them we’ve read from her birth. Each of these books are by a Black or...

Do The Thing: First steps

Do The Thing: First steps

For those of us APIDAs (Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans) who want to begin (or continue) anti-racist work, here is a list of ways to get started. This list of action items is not comprehensive, and that’s by design. We know it feels super overwhelming and when...

For APIDAS Who Want to Do The Thing

For APIDAS Who Want to Do The Thing

My beloved APIDA siblings, Earlier today, as I was talking to my partner, I wondered, “What would it take to make me less angry?” Would arresting the officers who killed George Floyd do it? No. It would not. This work and this moment is about George Floyd, but it’s...

A Letter to Our Black Siblings, in Solidarity

A Letter to Our Black Siblings, in Solidarity

To our beloved Black siblings, On this day, June 1st, 2020, we write to express our solidarity with you. In the past weeks, we witnessed the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and too many others. We then witnessed the escalating violence that the police have perpetuated in our shared communities, while people gathered and risked their lives to protest the ongoing police brutality with which this nation continues to reckon.

A Good Man is Hard to Make: A Reflection on Finding My Masculinity through Postcolonial Christology

A Good Man is Hard to Make: A Reflection on Finding My Masculinity through Postcolonial Christology

I am Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian), Japanese, Irish, Swedish, and German. Living in the Bible Belt throughout childhood and adolescence was turbulent and at times hostile for someone mixed-race, queer, and transgender. But the silver lining I found despite my turmoil were the numerous encounters I had with who I believe to be a living and resurrected Jesus. These transcendent experiences were what sustained me through 10 years of teaching and preaching that said while everyone “sins and falls short the glory of God,” people like me were especially sick, broken, something to be prayed away, managed, or erased. I embraced this hermeneutic despite what it cost: my physical safety, mental health, and overall spiritual well-being.

Unsettling Asian American Theology

Unsettling Asian American Theology

Decolonization is not a metaphor, Eve Tuck and Wayne Yang insist. Carelessly calling to decolonize things like schools and other such institutions metaphorizes decolonization. To do so kills the very possibility of decolonization and re-centers whiteness; it is yet another form of settler appropriation. What would it mean then to decolonize something like theology – and Asian American theology at that? I want to suggest that decolonizing Asian American theology requires giving up the search for physical belonging, replacing it with a theology of landlessness, and to be in solidarity with indigenous struggles for sovereignty.

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