Paul Matsushima

#stopAAPIhate

By Paul Matsushima | Published on March 23, 2021

Many in the AAPI community are hurting. The Church must speak up.

This article was originally written for the Faith.Work.Leadership newsletter of Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership.

“When I heard the names and ages of the Asian women murdered in Atlanta, I couldn’t help but see my own family members, and the tears wouldn’t stop.” This was a text message my sister sent to my family the night after the horrific murders of eight people in Atlanta–six of whom were Asian women.

When I heard the names and ages of the Asian women murdered in Atlanta, I couldn’t help but see my own family members, and the tears wouldn’t stop.

For many in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, this act of violence stirred up something visceral: fear for our parents, sisters, and daughters, trauma and anger from racial slurs, eye pulling, mocking accents, grief from feeling socially or professionally invisible.

Many in the AAPI community are hurting. In Corinthians, St. Paul reminds us that “If one part of the body suffers, every part suffers with it.” Fuller stands with the AAPI community, and so does the De Pree Center. Together, let us take seriously the words of Dr. Al Tizon: “May we bear witness to God’s reconciliation and to stand in solidarity with all who are vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed as our biblical faith calls us to do.”

“May we bear witness to God’s reconciliation and to stand in solidarity with all who are vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed as our biblical faith calls us to do.” – Dr. Al Tizon

In every season, our hope at the De Pree Center is to serve you as you respond faithfully to God’s callings in your life and leadership. To this end, wherever you are today, we invite you to consider the resources below as tools for the work in front of us all.

Raise your voice. Stand with us. #stopAAPIhate

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