Updated May 2, 2023
Happy Asian Heritage Month! At Servant Partners Canada we are honoured and proud to empower the leadership of Asian staff on our teams, opportunities to ground our theology and learn from Asian authors and social movements, and to have the privilege of seeking shalom in mutually transformative relationships among Asian diaspora communities in Canada's Vancouver and Saskatoon.
Today we are sharing five learning resources for cultivating God's shalom in your own life and neighbourhood, inspired by the wisdom and stories of Asian authors and communities:
Law, an Episcopal Priest from Hong Kong who migrated to the US, looked at the life of Jesus and observed both expressions of power and powerlessness. He saw Jesus willingly lay down his life in surrender to the Father and take it up again in faith. He invites us follow Jesus' example through a framework called "The Gospel Cycle" for us to navigate our power in different contexts in our lives.
This book and framework is a core component of the training we offer our interns, staff and Community Transformation Program participants, intended to inspire a foundation of mutual relationship and servanthood in our relationships with those on the margins.
We have a quick overview on the Gospel Cycle in the appendix of our Easter Devotional - download now here for free!
Our team has been journeying with and developing local leaders in the Karen community in Saskatoon since 2018.
The Karen people are an Indigenous group from the South-East Asian country of Burma (formerly Myanmar) near the Thai border. They have been victims of ethnic cleansing for more than 50 years. In 2008, many Karen came to Saskatoon from Thai refugee camps.
Since arriving in Saskatoon, the Karen have formed a community group
to maintain the practice of Karen language, culture, and tradition, and to share that with their Canadian neighbours.
God invites us to steward our ethnic stories for His kingdom purposes, to share the story of His healing in our lives with others, to pursue reconciliation with different groups of ethnic people, and to pursue justice in Jesus’ name. He also invites us into his communal, global plan of restoration.
"This book was extremely helpful in guiding me through areas of my own ethnic identity that needed greater healing. In order to hold gracious space for learning and loving in our multi-cultural communities, I have to be undefensive, humble, and free in my own ethnic identity as a white, Ukrainian-German Canadian." - Krista-Dawn, co-Executive Director of SP Canada
On May 18th, cur staff Wendy will be joining other local community workers in discussing the intersectionalities of Asian heritage, social justice work and community activism at a panel discussion at the Museum of Vancouver. Come join us if you are in town!
Register at the MoV website here.
Published by Servant Partners Press, Voices Rising is a compilation of the stories of many women of colour in incarnational mission among those in poverty, including experiences written from Thai, Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Indian-American and Filipina perspectives.
In these writings themes of belonging, identity, calling, loss, privilege and more emerge; all outlining the difficulties in this type of work and challenging the image of missions while calling for new voices to help shape the narrative.
Purchase and read Voices Rising now and support the work of Servant Partners:
What voices, communities and movements are you learning from this Asian Heritage Month? Share with us in the comments!
Written by Wendy Au Yeung