May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. The month provides a continuing opportunity to prayerfully reflect on the contributions of Asian Canadians to Canadian society, and to honour and celebrate this important aspect of Canadian history.
New for 2014
Partner Organizations and Resources
- PANAAWTM (Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry, in USA)
- Asian History Photo Gallery
Photos from the United Church Archives showing Chinese and Japanese missions and congregations in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, and Toronto.
- Asian Canadian Ministries & Mission [PDF: 1 p/181 KB]
A timeline spanning early Methodist missions to Asian Canadians to recent developments in Ethnic Ministries in the United Church.
- Bilingual Bulletin Insert (Cantonese/English) [PDF: 1 p/108 KB]
- Immigrant Rights Sunday: worship resources from the United Church of Christ on the theme of "welcoming the stranger"
- Journal of Korean American Ministries and Theology
Resources for preaching and worship.
- A Korean Thanksgiving Liturgy [PDF: 2 pp/107 KB]
An intergenerational bilingual worship service for Korean diasporas in Canada.
- Memories of the Aftermath of the Internment Camps [PDF: 1 p/ 108 KB]
Pastor George Takashima recalls the period following World War II, when Japanese Canadians were scattered across the prairies and Ontario.
- Read the bilingual interview with Richard Wang about Chinese ministry at Knox United, Agincourt, ON, in the Knox News, December 2010.
- Recipes for Celebrating Asian Canadian Heritage [PDF: 4 pp/43 KB]
Many ethnic minority congregations keep a ministry of hospitality by sharing their comfort foods. Here are two recipes from Asian Canadian United Church members.
- The Rice of Life: Suggestions for Worship in Asian Heritage Month [RTF: 9 pp/180 KB]
- The Sound of a Church [PDF: 4 pp/43 KB]
A reflection by Kim Uyede-Kai.
- A Wanderer: From Vladivostok to Toronto [PDF: 2 pp/19 KB]
John Lee shared this reflection on the Very Rev. Sang Chul Lee's life story the 2010 book launch of his Korean-language autobiography at Alpha Korean United Church, Toronto. Also available in Korean [PDF: 4 pp/ 124 KB].
- We Are Many, We Are One: Theme Song of Sounding the Bamboo [PDF: 5 pp/1.7 MB]
Some recommended readings:
- Ng, David, ed., People on the Way: Asian North Americans Discovering Christ, Culture, and Community (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1996).
- Ng, Greer Anne, "The Dragon and The Lamb: Chinese Festivals in the Life of Chinese Canadian/American Christians," Religious Education 84:3 (Summer 1989).
- Ng, Greer Anne Wenh-In, "The United Church of Canada: A Church Fittingly National" in Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada, ch. 6 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008).
- Taylor, Rev. Wendy J, and Margaret Kimball Cross, No Longer Strangers: The Practice of Radical Hospitality (CreateSpace Independent, 2011).
- Yee, Russell, Worship on the Way: Exploring Asian North American Christian Experience (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2012). What if Asian North American Christians brought more of their identity to church on Sundays? How do biblical forms and freedom for worship ally to Asian North American settings? How might we understand the unity and diversity of Asian North Americans? What particular gifts can Asian North American worshippers offer?