Our guest speaker this week is Kathy Khang, who describes herself as a writer, speaker and coffee drinker.
It’s Halloween and while I love a good sugar rush, the day and the season of fall is an opportunity to sit with Western culture’s discomfort with death and lean into the lessons we can learn from death.
From her web page:
I am the mother of three. Wife of one. I love Jesus. I really, really like yoga & deep breaths, nail polish & lipstick, and girlfriends & our laughter and tears.
I am a writer, speaker, coffee drinker, and now yoga teacher, and this journey began in childhood diaries & journals, moved into newsrooms, and then to a co-authored book entitled More Than Serving Tea. The book is about the intersection of faith, culture and gender, and it tells just part of an important story of Asian American Christian women.
The title of the book tells as much about the content as it does about me. It connects the hope of “more” to that of a stereotypical image of both “Asian” as represented by the West – submissive servant – and “women” as represented by the West, the East, and by some interpretations of Biblical womanhood. I can still serve others, enjoy tea (I prefer coffee), embrace my complex ethnic/cultural/racial identity and my womanhood, all the while loving Jesus while living and leading in an imperfect world.
I have spent more than 20 years in parachurch ministry working with college students and training organizational and church leaders. Before that I was a journalist in Wisconsin.
Most recently I authored Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up to challenge and encourage everyone to find and use their influence to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. You can order the book from IVP or from an independent book store like Hearts and Minds Books.