The Lived Theology in Asian America Podcast centers the experiences of Asian American Christian communities, using historical, sociological, and ethnographic tools to examine how Asian American Christians creatively engage race, justice, and politics from a transpacific perspective.
The Lived Theology in Asian America Podcast is a production of the Asian American Program at Princeton Theological Seminary.
In this conversation, David Chao, Melissa Borja, and Jonathan Tran share why the 2021 Asian American Theology Conference is important and why they look forward to it.
Conference registration is free: https://ltiaa.com/
To learn more about the Asian American Program at Princeton Theological Seminary: https://www.ptsem.edu/student-life/asian-american-program/overview
0:00 Why have an Asian American theology conference? Its pragmatic function and the need for a space to turn pain into power.
4:29 Presbyterians and Asian Americans.
5:58 Racism and antiracism as theological issues: How do we talk about God in the midst of extraordinary forms of injustice? “The fight for justice is natural because justice is natural to God.”
7:22 Ethnography and the church.
8:24 Lots of positive energy for conversation and building relationships at these conferences.
9:12 Theological formation that connects justification and justice, especially for the next generation of Asian American churches.
11:11 The importance of conferences for exchanging ideas and for building relationships esp. during the social isolation intensified by the pandemic. We need resurrection hope!
In this conversation, David Chao, Melissa Borja, and Jonathan Tran discuss Asian American identity, the utility of ethnography for doing Asian American theology, and recent events surrounding anti-Asian racism.