Video recordings of the conference are available in the PAAC Facebook group, and audio recordings are available here.  Huge thanks to Lizzy Lee and Yerusha Nuh for recording and uploading these files!


June 16-18, 2017 | CityHope 45 Olive St, San Francisco, CA

Spurred by the article The Loneliness of the Progressive Asian American Christian, written by Liz Lin, the Facebook group Progressive Asian American Christians, started by Lydia Suh, has become an online community where we are no longer lonely. Together, Liz and Lydia are hosting an in-person gathering of PAACs this summer!

Join us for a time of meeting other PAACs, learning, sharing experiences, and advocating for issues that are pertinent to our time and context at the PAAC Conference!

The conference will focus on ‘Forging Our Identity’ as progressive Asian American Christians. Lectures, panels, large and small group discussions will include topics like the racialized history of evangelicalism in America, LGBTQ stories and how to be an ally, feminism and feminist theology, Asian American and social justice, mental health issues in Asian American communities, and other social and political issues that face us today. We’ll also have worship and plenty of time for us to connect and share our stories.

TICKETS: Registration $85 – includes Saturday breakfast and lunch, coffee/tea, snacks, and conference materials.


7-7.30pm       Welcome and Check-In
7.30-8pm       Opening Worship
8-9pm            The Continuing Scandal of the Evangelical Mind – Peter Choi
9-10pm          Large Group Mixer

8-8.30am       Breakfast (provided)
8.30-10am     PAAC Conversations with Liz and Lydia
10-10.15am   Break
10.15-12pm   Living Justly – Angie Hong and Jonny Moy
12-1pm          Lunch (provided)
1-2pm            Progressive Asian American Christian Perspectives on Mental Health – Martin Hsia and Liz Lin
2-3pm            The Voices of Women in Church, Sex, and Politics – Lydia Suh and Irene Cho
3-4pm            Personal Reflection and One-on-One Sharing
4-4.30pm       LGBTQIA and the Bible – Oneida Chi
4.30-5.30pm  LGBTQIA Stories Panel – Sophie Lo, SueAnn Shiah, Hesed Kim, Oneida Chi
5.30-7pm       Dinner (on your own)
7-8pm            A Long Faithfulness in the Same Direction – Peter Choi
8-10pm          PAAC Party

9-11am          PAAC Worship
11am-12pm   Debrief and Next Steps

LODGING AND ACCOMMODATIONS: We recommend utilizing the websites listed below to make arrangements, as well as considering accommodations near the airport and in Oakland, Berkeley, or Emeryville. Please be advised that reservations should be made soon due to limited availability. San Francisco is a tourist town! (scroll down to “Search Hotels”)

TRANSPORTATION: Within the city, the bus system (“Muni”) works pretty well and costs $2.50 per ride. To commute from the SFO or OAK airport or other nearby areas, the train system (“Bart”) is best. City Hope is a 12-minute walk from the Civic Center/UN Plaza Bart stop. For taxi service, you can download the Lyft app and use the promo code “KICK” for one free first ride.

ATTIRE: San Francisco is windy and often foggy in the summer.  Prepare with layers, jackets, and windbreakers. The urban setting means walking through various neighborhoods. Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Backpacks or over-the-shoulder bags are smart.

Special thanks to our Sponsor: Newbigin House of Studies.
Newbigin House of Studies offers a 1-year seminary education program for those who are interested in exploring theology and vocation. To find out more about “The Newbigin Year”, a part-time, cohort-based, distance learning program, visit