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Student of the Month: Janelle Hiroshige

Janelle Hiroshige (she/her/hers) is a third-year Mdiv student at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA. She is originally from San Diego, California. As a graphic designer by trade, she enjoys approaching ministry, liturgy, and pastoral care as an artist. She is currently in discernment for the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. She believes that churches still matter and that a group of people committed to the place they live in and led by the creative spirit of God can make this world a more just, compassionate and kind place for everyone.

What are some of your favorite classes you have taken in seminary?

Asian and Asian American theology: Dr. Kwok Pui Lan

Critical Issues in Global Anglicanism: Dr. Kwok Pui Lan

Religious Education and Ecology: Dr. Jennifer Ayres

Race, Class, and the Making of American Religion: Dr. Marla Frederick

What has been the most significant part of your MDiv degree?

Throughout my time in seminary, I have served at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Atlanta. A majority of the congregation experience challenges with mental health and financial stability. I remember sitting in my Eucharistic theology class listening to my classmates bemoan that if only their parishioners truly understood what was happening in the Eucharist, then they would recognize the meaning of the sacrament. I could not help but think of my fellow parishioners at Holy Comforter whose neurodiversity may not allow for this traditional view of “understanding.” Yet, one of our parishioners once said “I don’t know what is happening during communion, but it is my favorite part!” While Candler has introduced me to new ideas, Holy Comforter has helped me learn to value other ways of knowing. No matter where I end up, I will always feel accountable to those people and that community. I feel honored that they are the ones that have raised me up for ordination.

What brings you hope?

My classmates are some of the most thoughtful, kind and brave people I know. When I think of them, I feel hopeful for the future of our churches. These next few rounds of seminarians are truly incredible. I am also excited about churches learning to gift agency to the communities that are often pushed aside or rendered invisible. If we are to take justice seriously, we cannot continue to maintain the status-quo. Another hopeful piece is that I got to meet via zoom The Rev. Dr. Diana Akiyama, the first Asian American female Bishop-elect in the Episcopal Church (she is getting consecrated in 2021), a couple months back and that was really exciting!

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Virtual Annual Conference

April 15-April 17, 2021

Any language would be insufficient to describe what happened to us and our communities in 2020. For the first time in our 35-year history, PANAAWTM had to cancel our annual gathering due to a pandemic. We now experience a global pandemic as a new “normal” while entering a new stage of political and social movements. At a critical time like this, we invite you to attend our first virtual PANAAWTM Annual Meeting. Together, we look back on our paths and look forward to the future of PANAAWTM. PANAAWTM has produced critical knowledge of Asian and Asian American feminist theology, built transnational and transgenerational community, and strengthened sisterhood. Join us for sharing memories and stories of radical imagining, fierce surviving, and collective caring. 

Tentative Schedule (U.S. Eastern Time)

Thursday, April 15, 2021

8:00-9:30 PM                          Building Connections: How Have You Been?

Moderator: K. Christine Pae (Denison University)


Rita Nakashima Brock (Volunteers of America)

Mary John Mananzan (Former President, St. Scholastica’s College)

Mai-Anh Le Tran (Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary)

  • A panel discussion will be followed by a small group discussion.

Friday, April 16, 2020


11:00AM-11:10 AM               Opening Remarks (Jung Ha Kim, Georgia State University)

11:10AM-11:40 AM               Introduction of Participants

                                                   (K. Christine Pae, Denison University)                                      


12:00 PM-1:15PM                Fierce Surviving and Collective Caring


Moderator: Boyung Lee (Iliff School of Theology)


Jin Young Choi (Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School)

Yuki Schwartz (Claremont School of Theology)

Lama Htoi San Lu (Vanderbilt University)

Kristine Chong (Volunteers of America, Inheritance Magazine)




2:30PM-3:30PM                Workshop 1  Embodied Mindfulness: Sharon Suh (Seattle University)


4:00-5:00 PM                    Workshop 2   ReST: Rita Nakashima Brock  (Volunteers of America)                                                                         


8:00 PM                                Evening Ring, Gift Exchange

Bring your dinner, snacks, drinks, or foods to enjoy with other sisters. 


Saturday, April 17, 2021


11:00 AM-11:10 AM              Opening ritual/prayer


11:10 AM-12:30 PM              Interstitial Integrity: Looking Forward, Radical Imagining                                   


Moderator: Grace Kao (Claremont School of Theology)    



SueJeanne Koh (UC Irvine)

Haruka Umetsu Cho (Harvard University)

Lisa Asedillo Cunningham (Drew University)


1:00 PM-1:30 PM                   Business Meeting [Jung Ha Kim, Georgia State University]

  • Eating together. Bring your breakfast, lunch, or snacks.


1:30 PM-2:00 PM                  Closing Ritual (To integrate Radical Imagining)


2:30 PM-4:00 PM                 Mentoring for Doctoral Students, Emerging Scholars, and Early Career Faculty


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