Race & Faith


Part 4 (of 4) of our discussion on seeing race through the lens of gospel featured reflections on racism and our response, from two of our own from Chinese Evangelical Church (CEC). We felt honored to hear from our senior Pastor Steven Siu, who shared his reflections on racism having grown up in an urban environment. We also felt honored to hear from congregant Julian Joseph, who shared his reflections on what it's like to be black in the context of a Chinese church. This discussion, held on Friday October 2nd, 2020, included an invitation to our whole church.


Part 3 of 4 Panel Discussion on Race & Faith took place on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 7 PM. We were honored to host Delano Meriwether, the Youth Pastor of Newsong LA, and active worker in areas of intercultural competency, conflict resolution, diversity, equity, and inclusion.


This panel discussion on Race & Faith-Part 2 took place on Wednesday, August 5th at 7PM. The topics focused on systemic racism, as well as the history of African and Asian Americans in the US. Special guest panelist, Jason Cha, Director of Intercultural Programs at Westmont College, returned to provide didactic instruction and facilitate discussion.  While organized for Aletheia fellowship by Daniel Lieu, this Panel Discussion was open to the entire church.


We, CEC, are clearly a Chinese-predominant church. But Scripture just as clearly teaches us to break down dividing walls.

Ephesians 2:13-14 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.”

We are still working out the full meaning and implications of these verses for our church. But now more than ever, we need to ask questions and discuss how God wants us to be open to people different than us, and what role our church may play in San Diego.

One step in this process was an Aletheia Panel Discussion entitled “How to Approach Race through the Lens of the Gospel,” which took place on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Jason Cha, Director of Intercultural Programs at Westmont College, provided teaching and reflections on race and faith. Other guest panelists included Elbert Mock and Ryana Fisher, family friends of Daniel and Antoinette who provided sharing on their experiences as African American Christians.

We thank God for an evening of teaching and interactive discussion. We hope and pray the evening served as a space for us to listen, learn, discuss, and grow, both individually and as the church.

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