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Conference 2019

Join us for the second Progressive Asian American Christians (PAAC) Conference on May 3-5, 2019 in the heart of Los Angeles!

Theme: 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.


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!)


3:00pm Arrival and registration

5:00pm Dinner on your own

6:30pm Opening worship with Rev. Vikki Flippin (she/her), Pastor of First and Summerfield UMC (New Haven, CT)

8:00-9:30pm PAAC Hangout

Workshops (time slot TBD)

Please review the following options before registering. You will be asked to pick your top 3 workshop choices and you'll have the opportunity to attend 2 workshops. Unfortunately, we can't guarantee you'll be able to attend your top choice due to scheduling and space.
  • (De)constructing Asian American Masculinity

    Chris Paek (he/him)

  • 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 at Claremont School of Theology; Michael Campos (he/him), founding member of the Emerging Queer API Scholars

  • Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Family

    Jessica ChenFeng (she/her), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Associate Professor at Loma Linda University

  • Our Journeys of Love and Acceptance (with our LGBTQIA+ children)

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

  • Reproductive Justice

    Sung Yeon Choimorrow (she/her), Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

  • What is PAAChristianity?

    Stella Won Phelps (moderator, she/her), panelists TBD

Interest Groups

We are planning to convene several interest groups. When you register, you can pick up to 3, but you will only attend one during conference.

  • Ministry Workers (pastors, church staff, seminarians, etc)
  • Music/Arts/Media
  • Southeast Asian
  • South Asian
  • Multiracial Asian
  • Pacific Islanders


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.)

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