We are thrilled to welcome Angie Hong to our community as our newest teaching fellow! No stranger to our community, Angie has for many years led various spaces for AAPI-related conversations, served as a cohort leader, and facilitated spiritual practices in the Faith and Justice Network.
A gifted teacher and writer, we are honored that Angie is stepping into this new role. Read this short conversation to get to know her better.
F+J: To help our community get to know you better, tell us about your spiritual journey and your sense of vocation?
AH: I grew up in a Korean immigrant church in Atlanta, and began living out my faith seriously in high school. Looking back, I felt like a lot of my spiritual formation happened outside of the formal Sunday church services. It happened each week when lunch (always Korean food) was served after service. It happened during church basketball games. It happened at the mall, or whatever we decided to do all day every Sunday after service. These experiences are the spiritual and religious practices that undergirded my Christian identity as well as a Korean-American reality. As for vocation, I’ve always known that I had a calling to encourage and communicate with people through the arts, writing, and leadership.
F+J: Can you share one highlight from your summer?
AH: I went on a solo trip for 3 days this summer. As a busy mom and primary parent of two kids, taking this break was a very big deal to me! I went to the artsy mountain town of Asheville with no agenda whatsoever. I went ziplining, art and antiquing, hiking the mountains, and pottery painting. I took myself out to cool dinners and made friends with locals. It was the BEST self-date ever, and I came back so refreshed.
F+J: What do you love about living where you live?
AH: There are a lot of trees and I don’t ever have to worry about commuting or traffic. I can drive straight up to the door of anywhere I go, and parking is always available and free.
F+J: How/why do you feel called to this new role in our community?
AH: This is my third year of being a part of Faith and Justice, and I’ve really enjoyed how this community has a posture of learning and growing. I want to come alongside those journeys.
F+J: What’s something about your new role in the coming year you’re most excited about?
AH: I’m excited about sharing things I’ve learned along the way and in my particularities, and I am really excited about hearing the conversations and questions from all the fellows!