PANA Institute: The Network on Religion and Justic
Region: Bay Area: San Francisco Service Area(s): Identity/Gender/Sexuality
NRJ-API-LGBT • c/o PANA Institute • 1798 Scenic Ave. • Berkeley, CA 94709

Contact: Elizabeth Leung ( )
Telephone: 510-849-8937

We are looking for an intern who would like to learn and contribute to our ongoing NRJ programs and who could assist us in distributing the film more widely, especially to university and campus networks.

-Applicant should be an Asian American or Pacific Islander who has knowledge or experience with LGBT communities
-Applicant should write an essay explaining a) their knowledge and
experience with LGBT communities, b) their spiritual and/or religious
background, and c) their ethnic and cultural background.

Deadlines: April 30, 2009

Description/Mission statement:
The Network on Religion and Justice for Asian American and Pacific Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people (NRJ) is a coalition of organizations, churches, and individuals affirming the dignity and spiritual wholeness of Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people (LGBT) people of faith. We work to create visibility and connection, to educate and advocate, and to transform both our faith communities and our larger world.

We believe that there are particular cultural challenges in creating justice for API LGBTs in our API communities of faith. We also believe that there are particular strengths and innovative ways of working with and in our API communities to create LGBT-affirming API faith communities. And we believe that API LGBT people of faith have particular gifts and lessons to offer the larger Asian American and LGBT movements.

In 2006, NRJ produced a documentary film entitled In God's House: Asian American Lesbian and Gay Families in the Church. The film provides an entrée to conversation about Asian American LGBT experiences in the church through three stories – that of a Chinese American Christian lesbian, the Japanese American Christian parents of a lesbian, and an LGBT-affirming Japanese American pastor. The film has been chosen for screening at Asian and LGBT film festivals in the United States and internationally. We are currently working on distributing the film to API churches, Asian American Studies and LGBTQ Studies Campus Centers, and the wider API community.

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