As a reflection of our Commitment to Solidarity and in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, we are sharing with you these special events this week. We invite you to consider joining us for the Walk of Faith in person or the Hope from Ashes conference virtually. Please be mindful of the registration deadlines as both events take place this weekend, May 13-14.

May we find room to walk alongside, pray alongside, and listen curiously and compassionately to the story of our families and neighbors so we may find strength to stand alongside one another in hope and solidarity.
She begins, and my grandmother joins her.
Mother and daughter sing like young girls.
If my father were alive, he would play
his accordion and sway like a boat.

I’ve never been in Peking, or the Summer Palace,
nor stood on the great Stone Boat to watch
the rain begin on Kuen Ming Lake, the picnickers
running away in the grass.
But I love to hear it sung;
how the waterlilies fill with rain until
they overturn, spilling water into water,
then rock back, and fill with more.

Both women have begun to cry.
But neither stops her song.

Poem: I Ask My Mother to Sing
Poet: Li-Young Lee

Come join Asian American and Pacific Islander Christians and Black American Christians, as we unite for a solidarity walk. As one body in Christ, we will pray in peace and power to support the AAPI community on Saturday, May 14th at 11am.

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the walk through Chinatown will start at Seward Park, on Essex St. and Canal St, and stop by a few key landmarks while we spend time in reflection and prayer. Afterwards, we welcome you to “break bread” with us over a meal of Asian cuisines as we continue our conversation together.

This event is hosted by the 67th Precinct Clergy Council “The God Squad” and the New York Coalition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Churches (NYCAAPIC).

Date: Saturday, May 14th, 2022
Time: Walk at 11 am, Lunch at 1 pm*
Location: Start at Seward Park - End at Oversea Chinese Mission (154 Hester St)

Register by 5/11 at:

*Attendance at the walk is open to all, but we ask that those joining for the meal afterwards be vaccinated in order to unmask and eat together.

Hope from Ashes

Legacies and Lessons from the Los Angeles Riots

This virtual conference takes the thirty-year anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots as a point of departure to examine the intersection of race, class, protest, and religion for Asian American and African American communities. With the desire to promote mutual understanding and stronger relationships between these two communities the conference is designed with opportunities to hear from leading public intellectuals and community leaders from both the Asian American and African American communities. Registration is free. 
It's not too late to join us TONIGHT as Rachelle Verdier invites us  to learn and discover the ways mentoring builds community, expands our capacity to connect to one another through grace and can reignite hope for God's unique calling on each of our lives. We will be looking at the relationships of
  • Naomi & Ruth
  • Elijah & Elisha
  • Mary & Jesus
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