The PAAC Podcast
By Lydia Suh, Liz Lin, & David Chang
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A podcast for Progressive Asian American Christians and other like minded individuals to share progressive views on theology and how we understand the world and faith through it.
||CleanPAAC Podcast – Special Announcement||Listeners of the podcast know there’s been a lot going on in both Liz’s and Lydia’s lives lately. As a result of the unexpectedly early yet joyful arrival of Liz’s baby boy, we’re putting the podcast on pause until late summer or early fall...||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSerena Poon (Ep. 20)||Serena came out to her parents in her mid-twenties. At the time, she was living in New York City, while her father was a prominent pastor in the Chinese American community in the Bay Area. They agreed to meet in Miami, where she broke the news over...||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEast Coast PAAC (Ep. 19)||With Lydia now in Boston, MA, we talk with Lizzy Lee, Esther C, and Christine Liang from the Philly sub-PAAC group about life as progressive Asian American Christians on the East Coast. We talk about Chinatown, racial intersectionalities, white...||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPAAC Dating! + BONUS (Ep. 18)||For our last episode of the year, Lydia and Liz talk about navigating the dating scene as a progressive Christian. We talk about the purpose of dating, why “Biblical dating” doesn’t exist, and share our thoughts on dating non-Christians,...||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#MeToo & Healthy Sexuality (Ep. 17)||This episode began as a talk about #MeToo and sexual harassment, but morphed into a discussion about the failure of both modern society and the church to engage sexuality in a healthy way. We talk about the desire for intimacy, the obstacles of shame,..||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs this Racist? – And Other Stories (Ep. 16)||After hitting some very heavy topics in recent episodes, the three of us are taking a little breather and chatting about lighter fare. We talk about our plans for the future, Lydia shares what life has been like in Singapore, Liz explains why the food..||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Should I Believe? (Ep. 15)||A few weeks ago, someone was removed from the PAAC Facebook group after making comments in violation of community guidelines. Since then, people with genuine and sincere questions about what it means to be a “progressive Christian” may have been...||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fight over Abortion (is not about Abortion) (Ep. 14)||Liz, Lydia, and David discuss the progressive Christian perspective on abortion and reproductive justice, why the fight over abortion is really a fight over patriarchy, and what the Bible ACTUALLY says about abortion and reproductive rights. Thanks...||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Price of Freedom (Ep. 13)||We’re thrilled to be back for the second season of the PAAC podcast! Lydia catches us up on her adventures overseas, and then we dive into our main topic of the day, the Las Vegas shooting. Shortly after the attack, Bill O’Reilly said mass...||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Finale Pt 2: What Asian Americans get wrong about affirmative action (Ep. 12)||It’s the second half of our season finale! In this episode we talk about affirmative action, and why Asian Americans who are against affirmative action are being duped into a false narrative. We also discuss Jay Caspian Kang’s recent article in...||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Finale: “It’s not goodbye, it’s to be continued…”* (Ep. 11)||With looming travel plans for one of our co-hosts, we’re recording one last (two-part) episode to wrap up season one of the podcast. Today we talk about race in the aftermath of Charlottesville, and more specifically what we as individuals or as...||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWomen & Men (Ep. 10)||God is not a man. Jesus came to earth incarnate as a man. Meanwhile the Holy Spirit was said to personify the wisdom of God, represented in the Old Testament in the female form as Sophia. As mentioned last week, this is a special episode we recorded...||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre You Progressive Enough? (Ep 9)||What happens when someone calls themselves progressive, but still holds on to traditional views? What if it’s an entire church? When do you stand your ground and when do you call it quits? How do both purists and pragmatists learn to work together,...||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen You Disagree with Those You Love (Ep. 8)||Do you have a family member or loved one who voted for Donald Trump? Or thinks women can’t be pastors? Or is non-affirming? Things get personal as Lydia, Liz, and David share stories about conflicts with people they deeply care about. And how they...||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPAAC-Church.org*??? (Ep. 7)||*This is not a real website. Can the PAAC Facebook group ever become a church itself? Or does church still require IRL, face-to-face interaction among the body of believers? Also, what does finding a church look like for progressive Asian American...||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is church? (Baby don’t hurt me…) (Ep. 6)||Let’s face it — so many people are hurt by the church. Why should anyone go back to a church that has deeply hurt you? Lydia and Liz don’t hold back from critiquing where churches get it wrong, but also what makes for a truly revolutionary,...||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#PAACSoWhite? (Ep. 5)||What happens when a white, male pastor posts a job listing on the PAAC Facebook group? It creates an uproar within the community, and forces all of us to consider what the PAAC group really is. Is PAAC a safe space? An affirming space? On today’s...||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLGBTQIA – The Issue of Our Time (Ep. 4)||Few issues are as polarizing within Christian circles as the debate over LGBTQIA* and non-heterosexual attraction. Pastors are afraid to talk about it. Churches have seen members leave in large numbers after taking an “Open and Affirming” stance....||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy are Asian American Christians drawn to white “celebrity“ pastors? (Ep. 3)||Terms like “indigenous theology” and “decolonized theology” may be new to many of us. For some, they may sound downright scary. And yet, sometimes what’s taught in the pews of first and second generation Asian American churches isn’t...||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanForging Our Identity (Ep. 2)||“I just, like, laugh like a gangsta, like yeah, wassup?!" “I didn’t hate being Asian anymore.” How did Liz and Lydia – AKA #Lizydia! – become progressive Asian American Christians? What’s it like growing up one of the few Asian Americans..||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOrigin Story (Ep. 1)||We’re thrilled to launch the brand new PAAC Podcast! As Lydia and Liz say in the show, this is a project they had been wanting to do for months. And whether you call it divine intervention or just remarkable timing, the stars aligned to make it...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Essential space for API Christians
This reminds me of the scene in X-Men where Prof. Xavier plugs into Cerebro in search for mutants. "There's so many of us out there." We (progressive AA christians) may be mutants, but we are not alone. Thanks to Lydia, Liz, and Dave for building this amazing space for us. Your labor has had such an important impact already, and I'm so excited about where this is all going. Everyone subscribe! Hear what the mutants have to say.
Engaging, thought-provoking, and safe. Thank you for the direct yet empathetic manner in which you navigate difficult issues within a very specific population.
Realness and warmth
Incredibly grateful for this community - thank you!