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I have done my best to value the many various perspectives among Asian American Christians, both signers and non-signers of the Open Letter. It has been quite an uneasy challenge, as I have been invited to talk about these issues on a number of occasions:
Work in Process at Exponential West 2013, a blog post on my website, djchuang.com. I described the back-channel work involved to reconcile the Exponential West parody video incident.
The Exchange with Ed Stetzer, a web show on the topic of Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Cultural Ministry, where I participated in a panel with Elizabeth Drury and Mark DeYmaz. I was asked to comment on the Open Letter a day after it had been posted online.
9 things about Asian American Christianity: Asian Americans are accelerating in their role in participating and shaping the future of the American church at large at EdStetzer.com. I shared an overview of the ministry context of Asian American Christianity.
Why evangelicals don’t know Asian Americans: We have quite a way to go towards ending racial stereotyping in Christendom at EdStetzer.com. I described some of the complexities in navigating these incidents of racial insensitivities.
Ethnicity, context, and mission: A brighter future for the Church—DJ Chuang shares his thoughts on the future of the Church at EdStetzer.com. I suggested five ideas that could bring all Christ-followers to work for the common good.
LifeWay president apologizes for decade-old “Rickshaw Rally” VBS curriculum at Mosaix Conference at ChristianPost.com. I was extensively quoted by a reporter about racially insensitive incidents.
“Race & ethnicity in evangelicalism: an Asian American perspective” in an English class at the Biola University, with slides and raw audio online.
I share these links with some fear and trepidation. Even though some of my comments may be misunderstood and there may well be parts where I could have been wrong, I think for me to decline from commenting could also be misconstrued. When news articles raise an important issue about a person or organization, reports that the person or organization “declined to comment” usually do not sit well with the public. And yet to say something can open those comments to heavy scrutiny. This kind of lose-lose proposition makes it all the more daunting to break down the “us-versus-them” divide.
I sincerely hope my commentaries are a helpful contribution to the long-overdue conversations about race and faith in American evangelicalism. However, I realize my efforts are of limited value, having received much fewer comments and feedback than other articles that have been posted in the mainstream conscience of American evangelicalism. In other words, it’s not much of a conversation when there are so few voices in the mix.
It’s my hope that this discussion at AsianAmericanChristian.org will move us toward the next steps of developing a framework that will be more inviting and inclusive of all kinds of Asian American Christians. A framework with room for civil and robust conversations that span the wide diversity of convictions. One that makes room for both egalitarians and complementarians, Reformed and non-Reformed, traditionalists and non-traditionalists, mono-ethnic and multi-ethnic, to better demonstrate the unity for which Jesus prayed.
|DJ Chuang, Church Strategy Consultant|
DJ has been the most consistent and regular web voice for Asian American Christians since June 1999. He’s currently a strategy consultant for Ambassador Network, a church-planting organization, and the host of a weekly podcast, Social Media Church. http://djchuang.com
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