PAAC is a community for socially, politically, and theologically progressive Asian American and Asian diaspora Christians (of East, Southeast, South, and West Asian descent, as well as Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, and mixed-race individuals) to support each other and discuss faith, identity, and current events. It is an LGBT-affirming, feminist, justice-oriented, anti-racist, pro-immigrant, anti-ableist space that holds a wide range of theologies.
The PAAC Facebook group was created by Lydia Shiu, then a pastor in San Francisco, who was looking for a place to foster conversations among progressive Asian American Christians. Meanwhile, Liz Lin, a writer and educator just outside San Francisco, was working on a piece about how lonely it is to be a progressive Asian American Christian. In September 2016, Lydia and Liz had a fortuitous meeting in which they shared what they were doing — to the other’s surprise! Liz put a link to Lydia’s group at the end of her piece as a way for people who resonated with it to find like-minded folks.
Liz posted her piece on The Salt Collective on December 22, 2016. Within 24 hours, 300 people had joined the Facebook group; in less than three weeks, the group had 1000 members. Currently, the group has 6000+ members all over the country and the world, with lively discussions about faith, identity, and politics.
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- “A Budding Movement Is Helping Progressive Asian American Christians Feel Less Lonely,” HuffPost, May 31, 2019
- “Asian American, Christian, Progressive, and Lonely. Is There a Church for You?” LAist, May 9, 2019
- “These Asian American Progressives Want to Build a New Church Tradition,” Southern California Public Radio, May 9, 2019