“We aim towards a theological understanding of our particular, ecclesial histories within the greater drama of redemption.”
As God’s sons and daughters, believers are declared to be his ambassadors of the Gospel of Christ in the same way that Peter reminded the Jewish Diaspora to be ready “to give an account for the hope” that was in them. In an increasingly changing world, the Church has been gifted with diverse testimonies and expressions of the Gospel lived-out in a variety of geographies, cultures, and ethnicities.
Directed by leaders within the Asian and Hispanic churches in North America (see Purpose and History), the HANA Project seeks to explore how our ethnic heritages, “The Church has been gifted with diverse testimonies and expressions of the Gospel”histories, and experiences play a role in the stories of our Hispanic and Asian Americans communities, such that we can be witnesses of God’s providential work in forming our ecclesial identities in light of the challenges that come with living in a racialized society. We hope to provide a greater theological understanding of our particular, ecclesial immigrant histories within the greater Story of redemption. We also aim to provide a platform for richer and more fruitful communication that opens creative collaboration in leadership formation and prophetic imagination for mission in the midst of ever-growing inter-cultural contexts.
Therefore, like the Israelites were called to “remember” the providential work of God in their formation as his people in the midst of the nations, we too aim towards a theological understanding of our particular, ecclesial histories within the greater drama of redemption. We hope this will promote pastorally effective minoritized leaders who are sensitive to the shifting centers of the global church and who will engage ministry not only missionally, but by walking in wisdom in the forming and shaping of “communities of belonging” that preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.