PAAC Podcast

The PAAC Podcast examines current events, race, and theology from PAAC perspectives. We also interview PAAC members about their spiritual and professional journeys. Tune in here or find us on iTunes or Google Play!

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Just Smash it Down a Little (Ep. 50)

In the last episode, Melissa and Serena Cerezo-Poon shared their conception journey. In today’s episode, we fast forward to parenting. How are Serena and Melissa raising their child? How do they handle division of labor or outside gender expectations? As they discuss,...

What We Take For Granted: Same Sex Pregnancy (Ep. 49)

Imagine you and your same sex partner decide you want to conceive a child. Navigating the world of fertility options can quickly become a minefield -- from finding the right doctor, to interpreting insurance coverage, to understanding state-by-state legal challenges....

Moral Injury (Ep. 48)

cw: language, racism  When Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock was riding the school bus in first grade, a girl stabbed her in the back of her head with a pencil and said, "Don't you ever do that again to me, you dirty Jap." From that dramatic introduction to the United...

An Insult to God (Ep. 47)

Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock was the first Asian American woman to earn a doctorate in theology. As Liz notes in this episode, she is one of the godmothers of the Progressive Asian American Christian movement. In this wide ranging interview, Dr. Brock discusses why the...

Just Present Moments (Ep. 46)

While other young adults flocked to flashy praise bands and motivational preachers, Surani Joshua found herself drawn to the unprogrammed worship of the Quaker faith. In this episode, Surani discusses her experience as a Sri Lankan American growing up in Arizona and...

Rigidity Falls Away (Ep. 45)

cw: eating disorders and domestic violence Gloria Hu grew up a Taiwanese-Canadian in a majority-minority suburb of Toronto, with a Mormon father and Presbyterian mother, eventually migrating into the United Church of Canada. In this episode, Gloria gets personal about...

I just want to tattoo “Pandemic” on me (Ep. 44)

What happens when you've come out as queer AFTER you've married your cis-hetero husband? As Stella Won Phelps will tell you -- what happens is many well intentioned people will ask you what that means for your marriage and whether you will get divorced. (Answer: No.)...

No Space is a Safe Space (Ep. 43)

At first glance, you would think online content moderation is a straightforward (albeit thankless) job—ensure inappropriate content is removed and maintain community guidelines. But it quickly became clear to PAAC's moderators Gloria, Stella, and Surani that...

A Seat at the Table (Ep. 42)

We continue our conversation with Reverend Winnie Varghese, who shares what it was like for her growing up as a South Indian / Indian American kid in Dallas, Texas, her experience being (somewhat unexpectedly) ordained as a queer priest in the Episcopal church, and...

Joy Anyway (Ep. 41)

Happy New Year! We’re starting the new season of the podcast with a bang with the esteemed Reverend Winnie Varghese. If ever there were a handbook on how to be a Christian activist, this episode would be the one. Rev. Winnie Varghese holds a unique position as priest...

When God Wallops You On the Head (Ep. 40)

We continue our conversation with the illustrious Tuhina Verma Rasche. Tuhina tells us what persuaded her to enter seminary and stick with it (shout out Oakland!), how she became a South Asian female pastor at the historically African American AME Zion church, her...

Whiteness is a Hell of a Drug (Ep. 39)

Rev. Tuhina Verma Rasche deserves her own standup comedy special. Her humor is the perfect vehicle for communicating her wisdom on topics like decolonization and white supremacy. Tuhina is a second-generation Indian-American raised in a devout Hindu household and now...

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