We are pleased to announce that Rev. Aizaiah Yong will serve as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at Pacific School of Religion (PSR) beginning on July 2020. Rev. Yong will be a great asset on our faculty and deepen our capacity to fulfill our mission. He brings cutting edge academic insight and public scholarship, deep commitment to faith communities, and extensive leadership and advocacy experience. Shaped by the experience of a multiracial, immigrant family, he is clear about the critical importance of academic work that is accountable to specific communities.
Rev. Aizaiah G. Yong is currently a PhD candidate in Practical Theology at the Claremont School of Theology. He is preparing to defend his dissertation under the working title: “Living in the Compassionate Presence of Life: Spirituality and Care for Multi/racial Experience(s).” In this project, he seeks pathways of healing and liberation for multiracial people at predominantly white institutions. His research stems from his own personal experience living at the intersections of race (he is Hakka Chinese and Chicano) and his work attempts to uncover alternative spiritualities and hidden wisdoms that strengthen and support those who travel between and across racialized worlds.
Aizaiah’s vocational passion is to spiritually rooted social engagement that “bears witness to the compassionate presence of life itself.” His research interests include postcolonial pastoral theology and care, critical race theory and intersectionality studies, mysticism and spirituality, intercultural dialogue and education, nonviolent social action, and contemplative leadership.
A licensed Pentecostal Christian minister and ordination candidate with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Aizaiah brings a breadth of professional experience in both public and private sectors. He has served as a minister of youth and young adults, non-profit community director, organizational trainer and consultant, and student affairs specialist in intercultural community development.
Aizaiah loves to be in nature with his family, go on traveling adventures (local and abroad), try out new cuisine, and pursue experiences that deepen spirituality and intercultural community. He and his partner, Nereyda, have two children (Serenity Joy and Valor Amoz) and are expecting their third child to be born this upcoming April.