The San Francisco Bay Area is home to the highest concentration of Asian Americans in the United States, and some cities, like Daly City, Sunnyvale and Cupertino, even having a majority of their residents ethnically Asian.
But what challenges do Asian American Christians face working and living in Silicon Valley? Among other issues, one key question is invariably how men and women working in the technology reconcile their religious beliefs with the agnostic and skeptical culture of the Valley.
Light to the World in Silicon Valley is a program which aims to address just this question. Funded by a UMC Discipleship Ministries Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns Grant, the project is stationed in Jesus Love Korean UMC in Cupertino and directed by Dr. Levi Checketts, an adjunct professor of philosophy and religious studies and an associate pastor of Jesus Love.
The aim of this program is equipping young adult Christians living and working in Silicon Valley (and, realistically, any person with a desire to know more) with an understanding of how Christian beliefs can be held along side scientific beliefs. The program is a monthly lecture series with time for discussion and fellowship, and will cover topics ranging from the role of science in sixteenth century missiology to evolutionary biology and God's creation to how our work in technology can help build the Kingdom of God.
The first meeting will be this Saturday, January 25, at Good Samaritan UMC (19624 Homestead Road, Cupertino) from 12 noon to 2 PM, with light refreshments served afterward. Questions or concerns can be directed at JesusLoveUnitedMC@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.