Living into Pentecost

At Middle, Pentecost isn’t just a liturgical season, it’s an ethic for how we live into multiethnic community. In May, we’re celebrating Asian/Pacific Islander heritage month, not as a box to check but because we come to know God through our AAPI neighbors. It’s not just a commitment to listen, it’s a promise to be transformed through that encounter.

Living into Pentocost means lifting up this church’s Asianness. It means rejoicing in its Blackness. It calls us to honor our Latinx heritage, our Irish roots, our Italian culture, our Japanese, Swedish, Kenyan and Venezuelan siblings. It asks us to make space for indigeneity, to celebrate from how Native people continue to shape and mold us. This is what it means to answer God’s call to radical love: We must say yes to community, in all of its messiness, complexity and joy. God is waiting for us there.

Here are the ways you can lift and celebrate with us this month.

Celebrate AAPI heritage through this reading list!

  • Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
  • Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen
  • The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories by Hisaye Yamamoto
  • Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
  • Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  • Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
  • The Middleman and Other Stories by Bharati Mukherjee
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li
  • The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay

AAPI Day of Unity Consider attending the AAPI Day of Unity on Saturday, May 15 from 10 AM to 3 PM in Columbus Park, Chinatown. Learn more and register.





Watch: Shattering Invisibility - Speaking Ourselves Into View with Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort and Rev. Jacqui Lewis

Watch: Passing of the Passing of the Peace: AAPI Rally Against Hate. Filmed, directed, edited by Joy Lau.