The Open Letter expresses deep pains that have been suffered and continued frustration with how our Asian American Christian community is perceived and treated. It was timely in light of several incidents that had brought this issue to the forefront in our community. Much of this is cited in the letter.

I resonate with much of the letter and stand by what has been written. It is important to use these times to enter dialogue about issues of race, ethnicity, culture, and behavior in our greater society. I encouraged my team to read the letter and discuss its implications for Epic Movement, Cru, and other circles of influence. I also encouraged our staff members to sign the letter if they felt convicted to do so.

However, I did not personally sign the Open Letter. Again, while I resonate with much of the content, there were some statements and wording that did not reflect my personal stance and that were originally delivered in a harsh tone that could have reduced my ability to be heard and lead change. After being asked to sign the letter, I reached out to some of the authors to modify the wording before the letter became public. When these modifications could not be made, I felt that I could not sign the original* letter as written. However, I affirm the message and pain behind it.

In the aftermath of the Open Letter, it still stands as an important place for dialogue, growth, and hope. I look forward to seeing how it will be used to build our community.

*Note: The original letter that I saw was subsequently edited and softened to the version that was posted publicly.

Tommy Dyo, National Executive Director, Epic Movement
Tommy currently serves as the National Executive Director of the Epic Movement, Cru's ministry to Asian American students and faculty. He previously served with Asian American Christian Fellowship for 18 years. EpicMovement.com

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