Asian-Pacific Islander Commission of the Diocese of California (ACDC) Report 2018

The ethnic Asian, Pacific Islander, and multicultural congregations of DioCal are part of the Episcopal Asiamerican Ministry (EAM).  Our members include those of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Tongan, and South Indian ancestry. An exciting development has been the increased participation by the Sa Paula Tongan Congregation at St. Paul’s in Burlingame; we provided a grant for five congregants to take on-line seminary courses at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP). We are hopeful about the work of Rev. Bright Singh David to establish a South Indian mission congregation at St. Anne’s in Fremont.  We gave a grant to True Sunshine Church in San Francisco to buy audio-visual and karaoke equipment to help build up a youth group.  The ACDC Youth served dinner at the Interfaith Winter Homeless Shelter in San Francisco in Dec 2017 and will do so again in Dec 2018; they had a successful retreat at St. Columba’s Retreat House in June 2018; and some joined with Rev. Leonard Oakes to play Asian drums, gongs, and guitars at various Diocesan Eucharists (most recently at the Interfaith Global Climate Action Summit at Grace Cathedral). Our Annual Joint Eucharist and Picnic was held on August 5 at Gellert Park in Daly City and was attended by 120 persons; $600 was collected and donated to the Diocese of Northern California for their wild fire relief fund.  Our seminarian, Peggy Lo, who is in her final year at Yale Divinity School, is doing field education at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.  In addition, one member of Church of Our Saviour in Oakland is discerning a call to the diaconate, while 2-3 persons at Sa Paula Tonga are discerning a call to ordained ministry.  Three of our clergy attended the CDSP Students of Color meeting on Sept 7, after which we offered our support, prayers, and help as mentors.  Finally, we gathered with all ethnic Consultations for the triennial EAM Consultation, which will take place on Sept. 27-Oct 1 in Honolulu and hosted by the Diocese of Hawaii; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry presided at the opening Eucharist.  Come to our booth and have a cup of green tea and cookies in the Exhibit Hall at the Diocesan Convention on Oct 19-20.  Also at the Convention, we have submitted a courtesy resolution to honor the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Fran Toy, the first woman Chinese-American Episcopal priest who has faithfully served this Diocese and the wider Church for over 30 years.

 — The Rev. Debra Low-Skinner, ACDC Chair

ACDC at Diocesan Convention in 2017