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Launching the ISAAC Express

December 16, 2013


An open forum of Asian North American Christian thought & opinion


Online social media make it possible to have important conversations without waiting for conferences, symposia, and annual meetings. This online forum is a conversation about Asian North American Christianity, with participants who bridge the academy and the local church.


Announced monthly topics with weekly invited lead contributors. Open comments, moderated only for spam / off-topic / abusive posts. Open archives. Monthly summary / synthesis of discussion.

ISAAC Express Moderators-Administrators: Young Lee Hertig, Ph.D. and Russell Yee, Ph.D.

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