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PANAAWTM began as a small group of Asian and Asian American women who were enrolled in graduate theological institutions or working in ministry in the US in 1984. Before PANAAWTM, several Asian American members from the West Coast were active in PACTS (Pacific Asian Center for Theology and Strategies). Over the years, our network has expanded and 2023 marks our 38th year!

PANAAWTM is a community for people who identify as women and/or non-binary of Asian heritage and are in theology or ministry (e.g. students, faculty, ministers, community activists who are committed to bringing women's voices and concerns to the faith communities and society). This is an LGBTQIA-affirming space. We have published books on feminist studies in theology and religion, challenged patriarchal practices in churches, organized annual conferences, and mentored students and the upcoming generation of women leaders.

Celebrating our 38th year!

For 36 years, PANAAWTM has refused to see Asian and Asian American realities as sharply divided and provided opportunities for transnational linkages and conversations.

Our Mission

Our Mission

To co-create theologies and generate new knowledge in our own voices for justice, peace, and creation care.


To support our work and leadership for faith communities, educational institutions, and other sectors of society.


To mentor new generations.


To engage and lead local communities across North America in transformative praxis.


To contribute to transnational feminist theological conversations.

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Our Board

  • Rev. Laura Cheifetz, Vanderbilt University

  • Dr. Haruka Umetsu Cho, Santa Clara University

  • Dr. Jin Young Choi, Colgate Rochester Crozer Div. School

  • Ms. Kristine Chong, Volunteers of America

  • Dr. Mary Foskett, Wake Forest University

  • Dr. Angela Kim Harkins, Treasurer, Boston College

  • Dr. Christine Hong, Columbia Theological Seminary

  • Dr. Grace Yia-Hei Kao, Claremont School of Theology

  • Dr. Jung Ha Kim, Chair, United Methodist Church

  • Dr. Nami Kim, Spelman College

  • Dr. Ahyun Lee, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary

  • Dr. Boyung Lee, Vice-Chair Iliff School of Theology

  • Ms. Htoi San Lu, Vanderbilt University

  • Mx. Kai Ngu, University of Michigan

Our Committees

Finance & Fundraising Committee

Rita Nakashima Brock (Chair), Mary Foskett, Hannah Ka, and Su Yon Pak

Mentoring & Program/Education Committee

Boyung Lee (Chair), Jin Young Choi, Grace Y. Kao, and Su Yon Pak

Research & Publication Committee

Nami Kim (Chair), Mary Foskett, Esther Parajuli, Heike Peckruhn, Yuki Schwartz, and Gale A. Yee

Communication & Publicity Committee

Christine Hong (Co-chair), Kai Ngu (Co-chair), Janelle Hiroshige, Eunchong Kim, Mihee Kim-Kort, and Breana van Velzen

Annual Conference & Program Committee

Keun-Joo Christine Pae (Chair), Nami Kim and Lisa Asedillo Pratt

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