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Reckoning with Anti-Asian Racism and Sexism
March 27, 2021
Asian American Christian Collaborative leaders call for solidarity in response to the wave of anti-Asian hate crimes–and author Chenzing Han's novel challenges assumption about American Buddhism.
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Reject the ideology of nationalism and Repent the sins of racism March 28, 2021

In early 2020, Dr. Michelle Ami Reyes of Austin, Texas, and Raymond Chang of Chicago, Illinois met online out of concern that anti-Asian racism was being inspired by white nationalism and former President Trump.  A few months later they formed a volunteer network for Asian-American Christians to coordinate efforts, share resources, and educational materials, and generate awareness.  In the wake of the massacre in Atlanta on March 16th, the group issued a statement calling for Christian leaders to repent and work to combat racism.  On March 28th, Palm Sunday the network is organizing a series of vigils at houses of worship in several cities at 4:00 PM EST to remember those killed.

Michelle Reyes, Ph.D. Vice President of the Asian American Christian Collaborative. Scholar-in-Residence at Hope Community Church, a minority-led multicultural church in East Austin, Texas.

Pastor Raymond Chang is the president of the Asian American Christian Collaborative, a pastor, and a writer. He regularly preaches God’s Word and speaks throughout the country on issues pertaining to Christianity and culture, race, and faith.

Michelle Reyes. Image courtesy APCC

Michelle Reyes
courtesy APCC

Raymond Chang. Image courtesy APCC

Raymond Chang
courtesy APCC

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Decoding Purity Culture with Dr. Julie Ingersoll March 28, 2021
University of North Florida Religious Studies professor Dr. Julie Ingersoll describes the tents and ideology behind the modern purity movement that grew to prominence in the 1990s.  Ingersoll details the beliefs and practices around the extreme abstinence movement that has caused trauma in evangelical communities.

Julie Ingersoll, Ph.D. Professor of religious studies at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville

Julie Ingersoll. Image courtesy Julie Ingersoll

Julie Ingersoll
courtesy Julie Ingersoll
Where Are All the Asian American Buddhists March 28, 2021
The animating question was a popular topic on the Buddhist blogosphere as writers bemoaned the erasing of Asian American Buddhism in portrayals of American Buddhism.  For Chenxing Han the question became the driver of a series of conversations that led to a master thesis that evolved into her first book, Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of American Buddhists. Part memoir, part anthology - Han skillfully brings her training as a chaplain to curate conversations and a new framework for understanding how privilege, culture, and identity intersect in the American Buddhist landscape–the longer unedited conversation will be released as a podcast.

Chenxing Han, Author of Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists. She holds an MA in Buddhist Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, and studied chaplaincy at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley,

Be The Refuge
Be The Refuge
Penguin Random House

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