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.
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.
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
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