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25th Biennial PAAM Convocation

Registration for the 50th Anniversary of the Pacific Islander & Asian American Ministries (PAAM) will be happening soon.  The dates are June 18 – June 22, 2024 hosted by Hawaii PAAMand willbe held at the Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Our theme will be “Ola I Ka Wai: Water is Life” based on Genesis 1:9-13.

Check back during the first week of March for more details!  Hawaii PAAM is going all out to celebrate this very specila convocation and you will want to de there!

Chaplin Of The Year

Congratulations to former PAAM UCC moderator and form UCC Board member, Rev. Dr. Ernie Reyes.  For the second consecutive year, Kaiser Permante MC- Home Care Services of Southern California has named him “Chaplin Of The Year”!  Well done, good and faithful servant.

Stop The Hate!

#StopTheHate – A Call to Prayer and Action by the Pacific Islander/Asian American Ministries (PAAM) of the United Church of Christ

Angry! Outraged! Upset! There are no words to reflect what is happening in our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Brutal attacks on the elderly and vulnerable are increasing.  And these are not robberies. Just hate crimes and in broad daylight. The latest report from just one center monitoring AAPI crimes list over 3,700 incidents from March 2020 to February 2021.

Join the United Church of Christ for an expanded edition of Thursdays for the Soul as leaders and members from the UCC Pacific Islander & Asian American Ministries (PAAM)  offer prayers, reflections, and song for collective lament, grieving, a call of national repentance, hope for healing and forgiveness.  Followed by a panel presentation and discussion calling for action on how UCC congregations and the wider church can help respond to counter the increasing  harassment and violence aimed at our AAPI siblings, sisters and brothers.  Thursday, April 15, 2021 beginning at 3:30pm (EDT)

Resister at this link.  https://UCC.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_u3q0TS0rRgi5HNAWmoHExA

Hate Has No Place Here!

Angry!  Outraged!  Upset!  There are no words to reflect what is happening in our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.  Brutal attacks on the elderly and vulnerable are increasing.  And these are not robberies.  Just hate crimes and in broad daylight.  The latest report from just one center monitoring AAPI crimes list over 3,700 incidents from March 2020 to February 2021.  (https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/a1w.90d.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/210312-Stop-AAPI-Hate-National-Report-.pdf)

Many bring up the fact that the previous administration encouraged this type of racial discrimination.  “Kung Flu”.  “Chinese Virus”.  This might be true, but it is individuals who continue to perpetrate these crimes.  And we, not only as Christians but also as human beings, need to stand up and support our AAPI community.  Many have asked how they can help.  Here is what is shared by Stop AAPI Hate:

Five Ways to Help If You Are Witnessing Hate

  • Take action. Approach the targeted person, introduce yourself and offer help.
  • Actively listen. Ask before taking any action and respect the targeted person’s wishes.  Monitor the situation if needed.
  • Ignore attacker. Using your discretion, attempt to calm the situation by using your voice, body language or distractions.
  • If the situation escalates, invite the targeted person to join you in leaving.
  • Offer emotional support. Help the targeted person by asking how they are feeling.  Assist them to figure out what they want to do next.

 

The Pacific Islander & Asian American Ministries (PAAM) of the United Church of Christ has always called out and condemned all types of racism and xenophobia against all communities of color since 1974 and will continue to do so if this virus is among us.

Contact your local legislative officials and demand support for the AAPI community in your area.  Contact your local civil rights organizations to add your name to their list.  Discuss in your church how you can show support for your AAPI community during this time.