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Progressive Asian American Christians Co-Founders: Liz Lin and Lydia Shiu

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM - Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

Progressive Asian American Christians Conference

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Includes Saturday Breakfast and Lunch, drinks/snacks for the weekend, and conference materials
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Join us for the second Progressive Asian American Christians (PAAC) Conference on May 3-5, 2019 in the heart of Los Angeles!

PAAC began as a Facebook group in late 2016.  Six months later, we gathered for our first conference with the theme of Forging Our Identity -- figuring out who we are and what matters to us.  In the two years since, we’ve grown into a community of over 6000 members, with local meetups in 21 cities and dozens of subgroups; we've engaged in lively Facebook discussions; we've produced a podcast and a 9-month online intentional learning community, now in its second year; we've produced Lent and Advent devotionals and weekly blogs; we've even created our own Statement on God’s Justice.  Now that we have a sense of who we are and what we're about, we're excited to gather again around the theme of Caring for Our Community.  How do we care for the most vulnerable among us?  How do we take care of ourselves in the midst of complicated family and church relationships?  We'll have prophetic worship; learn from PAAC experts; hear the stories of our LGBTQIA+ family; lift the voices of the unheard and oppressed; celebrate our unique identity as progressives, Asian Americans, and Christians/post-Christians/Christ-exploring people; and laugh and cry and eat lots of Asian food together.


Here are the details:
When: May 3-5, 2019 (Friday 3pm - Sunday 12pm)
Where: Immanuel Presbyterian Church
3300 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
(Parking is available, but space is limited, so please reserve your spot for $3. Please consider carpooling if possible, too!)


Ticket includes Saturday breakfast and lunch, as well as coffee, tea, drinks, and snacks for the weekend
Adult (ages 13+) Full Conference:  $100 early bird by March 15th / $120 after March 15th
College Student:  $75 (please provide a copy of your student ID)
Children (0-12 years old):  $50 (Childcare will be available for Saturday only, 9am-6pm, with an hour lunch break. We'll have caretakers but no programming, so please bring books, toys, movies, etc. Lunch, snacks, and drinks will be provided.)



Friday, May 3

3:00-5:00pm  Arrival and registration
5:00-6:30pm  Dinner on your own
6:30-8:00pm  Opening worship with Rev. Vicki Flippin (she/her), Pastor of First and Summerfield UMC (New Haven, CT)
8:00-9:30pm  PAAC Hangout

Saturday, May 4

8:00-8:45am  Breakfast
8:45-9:00am  Opening worship
9:00-10.30am  How to Navigate a Church that Doesn't Fit: Lydia Shiu (moderator, she/her), panelists TBD
10:30-10:45am  Break
10:45-12:15pm  Workshops I (see list below)
12:30-1:30pm  Lunch
1:30-2:30pm  Interest groups or free time
2:30-4:00pm  Workshops II (see list below)
4:00-4:15pm  Break
4:15-5:45pm  LGBTQIA+ Stories: Ophelia Hu Kinney (she/her), Eric Ho (he/him), Myles Markham (he/him/they/them), D. Eng (they/them), Serena Cerezo-Poon (moderator, she/her)
6:00-7:30pm  Dinner on your own
7:30-9:30pm  PAAC Party

Sunday, May 5

9:00am  Breakfast on your own
9:45-10:15am  PAAC: Present and Future
10:15-11:45am  Worship and communion

Workshops (time slots TBD):

(De)constructing Asian American Masculinity
Chris Paek (he/him)

This workshop aims to facilitate a much-needed discussion about Asian American masculinity. Participants will be invited to discuss the different ways Asian American men have been emasculated in the American public sphere (e.g., media representation, dating, career, etc.). The workshop will also address how many Asian American men have responded to these valid hurts with often problematic and/or misogynistic perspectives that can be harmful to women, particularly Asian American women. The goal of the workshop is to deconstruct toxic forms of masculinity within the Asian American community and to articulate a healthier, more expansive conception of Asian American masculinity.

Beyond Purity Culture: Creating a Better Christian Sexual Ethic
Liz Lin (she/her)
Grace Kao (she/her), Professor of Ethics and Director of the Center for Sexuality, Gender, and Religion, Claremont School of Theology
Michael Campos (he/him), Founding Member, Emerging Queer API Religion Scholars

Many of us grew up in evangelical purity culture, where we learned that sex before marriage would ruin us and all of our future relationships and our "purity" was to be guarded at all costs. As we've gotten older, many of us have questioned the wisdom of that teaching but lack any other way of thinking about sex through a Christian lens. In this workshop, we'll discuss how purity culture manifested in Asian American communities and its long-standing impact, and two Christian ethicists (one straight, one queer) will give us some tools to construct a more nuanced sexual ethic.

Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Family
Jessica ChenFeng (she/her), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Associate Professor, Loma Linda University

The concept of "healthy boundaries" may be confusing for those growing up in an Asian American family in a Western American context.  This workshop will support participants in exploring their family-of-origin context and the cultural values, communication styles, expectations, traumas, internalized -isms, and how these have the potential to shape identity and impact relationships.  Participatns will learn how to respond to personal triggers, identify toxic/abusive dynamics, and create space for intergenerational dialogue.

Our Journeys of Love and Acceptance

Marsha Aizumi (she/her), Director, PFLAG National Board; Co-President, PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islander chapter; Advisory Council, Biden Foundation
Sung Tse (she/her), Co-President, PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islander chapter
Danny Cortez (he/him), Founder and Director, Estuary Space; Executive Board Member, Q Christian Fellowship

This parent panel will give you insight into what parents may face, the feelings they must reconcile, and how loving their LGBTQ child has given them the courage to overcome whatever obstacles they encounter.  Come join a mother whose child was rejected by the church, a mother whose family left the church they had attended for years after their son came out, and a minster who changed his conservative stance on being LGBTQ, leading his son to come out as his true self. A Q&A will follow the panel presentation, and then participants will break into smaller facilitated discussion groups to have more intimate conversations.

Reproductive Justice: A Multi-Issue, Intersectional Framework for Advancing Justice
Rev. Sung Yeon Choimorrow (she/her), Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz (she/her), Deputy Director of Systems and Sustainability, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Justice isn't about addressing one issue at a time. As Audre Lorde put it, "there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives." Come and participate in a discussion about how Reproductive Justice is an intersectional way to approach fighting for justice in our complex world. Learn about the framework and how we use it to elevate the experiences of AAPI women and girls, gender-fluid and trans people and dig into a discussion about the theology of Reproductive Justice.

What is PAAChristianity?
Stella Won Phelps (moderator, she/her), panelists TBD

Being PAAC in a broader society comes with its struggles. How do we handle our identity disrupting white spaces, conservative spaces, and activist spaces alike? Should our identity impact how we respond to things like injustice? Join us as we ask our panel questions like "What place does personal forgiveness have in the face of systemic oppression?" and "How can I find community in doing justice work if I'm not at a church?"


Travel:  For most, flying into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will be the best option, in terms of both flight options and transportation upon arrival.  (If you're on the West Coast and plan to rent a car after you arrive, flying into Burbank (BUR) would be less chaotic, both at the airport and in traffic afterwards.)  If you do not plan to rent a car in LA, you can fly into LAX and take the FlyAway bus to Union Station for $9.75.  No reservations are required, though you must pay by credit card.  After arriving at Union Station, take the Metro Red Line or Purple Line to the Wilshire/Vermont stop (5 stops away).  The fare will be $1.75, plus $2 for a TAP card (required to pay for Metro fares).  After you arrive at Wilshire/Vermont, Immanuel Presbyterian Church will be 0.2 miles west -- a 4-minute walk down Wilshire Boulevard.

Lodging:  There are a number of hotels within a mile of the church, including:

- Best Western Plus LA Mid-Town
- The LINE Los Angeles
- Hotel Normandie LA
- East West Hotel
- Shelter Hotels
- Hometel Suites

Kayak, Expedia, Priceline, and Google provide pricing and booking.  There are plenty of AirBnB spots nearby as well.  If you need a roommate or you want to split a car rental or share an Uber/Lyft, please comment on this post in the PAAC Facebook group.


Questions?  Email Liz at

Have questions about Progressive Asian American Christians Conference ? Contact Progressive Asian American Christians Co-Founders: Liz Lin and Lydia Shiu

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Immanuel Presbyterian Church
3300 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM - Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

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