NRJ on the Radio!

Robynn Takeyama interviewed NRJ Coordinator Lauren Quock about growing up and coming out as a queer Asian American Christian, how progressive Christians interpret the Bible, and what it means for a church to be Reconciling. The broadcast aired on January 22, 2015 on APEX Express, the Asian Pacific American radio station on KPFA 94.1 FM. You can listen to the audio archive on the APEX Express website.

Many thanks to Robynn Takeyama of APEX Express for reaching out to NRJ!

Divine Solidarity: God with Us in Weeping and Liberation

By Rev. Jeanelle N. Ablola
NRJ Board Member and
Pastor of Pine United Methodist Church, San Francisco

December 15, 2014

This Advent morning I woke up to the news of the indictment of the suspected murderer of Jennifer Laude. This Advent morning I woke up to the news of The Blackout Collective leading a lockdown occupation of the Oakland Police Department, just a few miles from my home. The struggle for justice to arrive has been embodied by thousands this year.

The preparation of making the paths ready for Christ is being paved and smoothed by the thousands of feet that have come to march and the way made wider by the raised fists that continue to knock on the heavens. Hearts and bodies radiating something like “O come, O come Emmanuel…” to the Christian mind... Click here to read more

2014 Program Updates

We invite you to take a look at some of the recent highlights below that capture how our grassroots network of API LGBTQ individuals, and their faith communities, families, friends and allies continues to work towards fully LGBTQ-inclusive Asian Pacific Islander faith communities.

  • In the fall of 2013, NRJ collaborated with API Equality - Northern California and the API Roundtable to create the Pink Elephant Project. We brought together a diverse cohort of 25 LGBTQ and allied Buddhists, Christians, and Hindus of Thai, Vietnamese, Filipino, Chamorro, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean descent. More than 60 friends, family, and community members came to the Community Showcase to hear their stories creatively expressed through writing, photography, and video!

  • In January 2014, NRJ convened the API Faith Working Group at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference in Houston, Texas with activists from New York and Hawaii. Together, we facilitated a workshop on “Nurturing LGBTQ People of Faith and Nudging Churches Towards Acceptance” and hosted a caucus for Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ people of faith with audiences totalling 45 people.

  • In April 2014, NRJ held a one-day workshop entitled Building an Inclusive Asian Pacific Islander Church at Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda, CA. Over 40 API LGBTQ people of faith and allies from mainline and evangelical churches attended!

  • At the San Francisco Pride Festival in June, NRJ volunteers gave blessings and handed out rainbow cross-shaped lollipops to over 150 LGBTQ people in the API Pavillion.

  • In the last year, NRJ’s choir, 88 Keys, has become a strong community of API LGBTQ people of faith and allies from our LGBTQ-friendly API churches. In addition to fostering community and dialogue among its multigenerational membes, 88 Keys has performed at over 10 Pride Sunday services, church bazaars, senior centers, and LGBTQ community events throughout the Bay Area.

Many thanks to NRJ volunteer leaders for helping to make all these great things happen!

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Upcoming Events

Building an Inclusive Church Training
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10am-4pm
Wesley United Methodist Church
566 North Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
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Registration deadline: March 2, 2015

LGBTQ Study & Centering:
Intersections of the LGBTQ struggle + Race

Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:00-8:30pm
Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda, CA
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NRJ Retreat
Friday, May 8 - Saturday, May 9, 2015
Bay Area, CA - location TBA

NRJ Planning Meetings

2nd Sunday of each month, 3-6pm
at Buena Vista United Methodist Church parsonage
2311 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda, CA

NRJ Talking Circle

Come. Be present.
Deepen the conversation.

4th Sunday of each month, 4-7pm
at Donaldina Cameron House
920 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA