Jess Delegencia, MDiv, MA, is the Coordinator of the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Roundtable at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS). He is also Adjunct Faculty for the Pacific School of Religion and the Chief Diversity Officer for John F. Kennedy University. Jess was a full-time evangelical minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for over twelve years, where he worked in campus ministry and community development work in the United States, Philippines, Thailand, India, and Mexico. Jess also serves on the Board of Directors for the Network on Religion and Justice for API-LGBTQ People (NRJ).
As a Ph.D candidate in Organizational Leadership, Jess's research interests include intercultural communication, global leadership, LGBT issues in the evangelical church, and Filipino and Filipino American issues among other things.
Pathways for Effective Academic and Community Collaborations in Asian American, Christian and LGBT Contexts
This interactive workshop will look at successful collaborations between academia, faith-based organizations, and LGBT community organizations to support Asian American LGBT people of faith.
The focus of the workshop will be issues and experiences/stories of LGBT evangelical and mainline Protestant Christians, along with how strategic alliances and coalitions between academic, community, and faith-based organizations have nurtured and empowered this community through creative partnerships and the coalition-formed generation of resources.
The workshop will highlight the importance of storytelling, visibility, and "graceful" engagement, along with the need to generate and develop resources, safe spaces, and anti-homophobia tools rooted in Christian tradition in order to build coalitions among diverse faith based communities, academia, and LGBT communities and organizations.