Advancing Asian American Christianity

Season {2} Episode {12}: Rev Young Lee Hertig

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In this podcast, you will meet the Reverend Young Lee Hertig. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of both the Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity AND Asian American Women On Leadership. She’s also the Editor-In-Chief of ChristianityNext, and the author of The Tao of Asian American Belonging: A Yinist Spirituality.

Did you catch that? She literally wrote the book on Asian American Christianity…because there wasn’t one!!! Her book lifts up the voices of female, Asian American in Christian ecological theology. She coined the term yinist in the 1990s to “name the nameless Asian American feminism.” Her organization is progressive, intersectional, holistic.

My personal educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies and Archaeology so I was basically fangirling the entire time. It was an honor to interview someone who shares my love of theology and passion for elevating the voices of women—especially minority and marginalized women in Christianity.

We have such an incredibly diverse group of nonprofit leaders we support in the Nonprofit Leadership Lab. They are incredible human beings, and Rev. Hertig totally filled my tank.

Without any prompting from me (I promise!), Dr. Hertig shared her appreciation for the Lab and said our resources are what helped her get out of the catch-22 of not being able to raise money for her 15-year old organization.

Wow… I’m on cloud nine right now… just to have the opportunity to interview Young and learn the details of her own journey into the nonprofit sector. You will be inspired and motivated when you hear why they changed the name of their organization without losing the acronym ISAAC.

I cannot wait for you to meet Rev. Young Lee Hertig, co-Founder and Executive Director of ISAAC: Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity.

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About Young Lee Hertig, PhD (AAPI)

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Season {2} Episode {12}: Rev Young Lee Hertig
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Rev. Young Lee Hertig, PhD, has taught courses on Spirituality, Sustainability, and Diversity at Azusa Pacific University, United Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary since 1992 to present. She holds three MA’s in Counseling Psychology, Theology, Anthropology, and PhD in Intercultural Studies.

Dr. Hertig’s passion involves knowledge-activism through transcribing, translating, and transmitting spiritual leagacies. Transcribing refers to documenting spiritual giants’ legacies; translating refers to contexutalizing the transcribed legacies; and transmitting refers to creating a third learning space–intersectional, intergenerational, and interdisiplinary.

In her book, “The Tao of Asian American Belonging: A Yinist Spirituality,” Dr. Hertig expresses a quest for inclusion amid feminist, womanist, and mujerista discourses. Her yinist spirituality lifts up the voices of female, Asian American voices in Christian ecological theology. She coined the term yinist in the 1990s to “name the nameless Asian American feminism.” The term yin refers to the feminine energy of Taoism, in contrast to the male yang. Her book is a valuable resource for the academy, churches, and denominational leaders.

Dr. Hertig is the host of the “When Women Preach…” podcast featuring interviews with women preachers from API and Latinx faith communities. In order to create a more equal pulpit, they talk about experiences and resources that prepare women of color to preach effectively.

ChristianityNext, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal for Asian North American Christian academics and practitioners, was founded by Dr. Hertig and she continues to serve as its Editor-in-Chief. The journal affirms its evangelical and ecumenical roots and asks different questions and practices new ways of being. Its contribution is both theoretical and practical and it values both original research as well as lived experience.

Dr. Hertig is also the founder and Project Director of PastoraLab. PastoraLab creates communal learning spaces for Asian American women ministers in the Southern California area to revitalize their callings and develop a Biblical hermeneutic that embraces their multiple identities. PastoraLab is planning to conduct National Quantitative Research on the Status of Asian American Women Clergy in Asian American Churches.

Season {2} Episode {12}: Young Lee Hertig

🔗 ISAAC (Innovative Space for Asian-American Christianity)

🙌 Connect with Young Lee Hertig:

Rev Young Lee Hertig,PhD
Co-Founder/Executive Director of ISAAC/AAWOL
(Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity)
(Asian American Women On Leadership)
Editor-In-Chief of ChristianityNext
The author of The Tao of Asian American Belonging: A Yinist Spirituality
(Orbis Books 8/29/2019)

Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity
4706 Via Colina, # 780
Los Angeles, CA 90042
EIN 87-0771098
Phone: (626) 676-5010

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