We believe that diversity is something that God intended and is to be celebrated. We will continue and grow our work in anti-bias through education, worship, justice, and partnerships to be the church that God has called us to be. We believe that the church is meant to be a place where we can learn to build healthier communities for people of all races.

 

Check back soon for upcoming live interviews!

Past Interviews from Talking Story:

Featuring author and professor Satsuki Ina, PhD, co-founder of “Tsuru For Solidarity,” a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention sites and support front-line immigrant and refugee communities that are being targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies.

Over the span of his career, Rev. Dr. Ken Fong has become widely recognized as a pioneer and innovator in Asian-American ministries, a visionary leader in the broader AAPI community and a fearless bridge-builder between churches and the LGBTQ+ communities.

Anthony Lucero’s directorial debut film, East Side Sushi, has garnered 14 film festival awards nationwide, been listed as one of the “top 10 films of 2015” by SF Weekly, and touted as one “the most overlooked films of 2015” by the Los Angeles Times.

Dr. Radcliff shares with Pastor Gerald his journey, which has led to his passion for social and racial justice. Dr. Radcliff has a unique perspective, living as a black man in this country and having served as a Deputy and Chaplain with the LA County Sheriff’s Department.

Dr. Jeung shares with Pastor Gerald how important the biblical mandate of being in this world but not of it has led him to incredible experiences of seeking God’s justice and putting his faith on the line particularly in Asian American, Latinx, and refugee communities.

Pastor Gerald talks with Dr. Robert Chao Romero, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA, about how God led him to becoming a Professor and using this platform to address the intersections of justice, race, and Christianity.

Additional Resources

A message from Pastor Gerald Chinen on the rising incidences of violence against the Asian American communities.

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How do we teach our kids the values of kindness, mercy, and justice? How do we teach them about the legacies of systemic racism in age-appropriate ways without inflicting trauma?

What's Next?

LOPC’s commitment to be a more just, equitable, inclusive, and diverse community of faith gives us a clear direction of what our community needs to learn, say, and do to care for others who are harmed as a result of an unequitable world and systemic racism. We encourage our members and friends to learn more about becoming an advocate to dismantle racism and build communities that celebrate all of God’s children. If you are unsure about where to start, we recommend:

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White Fragility
by Robin DiAngelo

How to be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi

Transforming Communities: How People Like You are Healing Their Neighborhoods
by Sandhya Rani Jha

What If All the Kids are White?: Anti-Bias Multicultural Education with Young Children and Families
by Louise Derman-Sparks and Patricia G Ramsey

Additionally, there will be upcoming webinars and classes in order to further educate our community. There is work to do, and we ask that you please join us in this hard and necessary dialogue to be the community of faith that we want to be.