We accomplish our mission through the following:
- Our blog posts, books, and speaking engage and compel individuals, communities, and institutions with a biblical honor-shame storyline.
- We offer experiential learning encounters to explore the intersectionality of honor-shame with your story because stories reveal how we've been taught to relate to others.
- We work with individuals, churches, seminaries, missionary organizations, and other non-profits and we utilize the following tools in our pipeline to fit a variety of contexts and levels of involvement.
The following three words define the flow by which we accomplish our mission.
- Introduction - These non-committal offerings will introduce you to our mission. They will stretch your imagination and heart.
- Invitation - We invite you to take “baby steps” to deepen your awareness & engagement with our mission.
- Immersion - Here, you’ll fully engage with our mission, with offerings utilizing all your senses.
In more precise terms, our andragogy employs honor-shame scholarship in conjunction with collective narrative therapy with the goal of developing new heart habits that will embody and express the Good News more fully.
Practical ways to engage with Kingdom Rice and our mission can be found in the expansion of these three words.
INTRODUCTION: "Sit back and take a look..."
Here, we demonstrate the relevancy and potency of our mission with no commitment on your part. The following are arranged in order of increasing intensity:
- Blog posts: Following are a few curated posts to get a sense of the biblical storyline of shame-reversal.
- What if "The Four Spiritual Laws" were written from an Eastern Perspective?
- Read this Christmas Story, creatively retold from the setting of my ancestral village, to bring out the honor-shame nuances so prevalent in the 1st century and so relevant today.
- The conviction of sin can come from shame as well as from guilt. This fact is often passed over in most teaching on the subject.
- Videos/Webinars: The following programs demonstrate how we tie relevant subjects with history and the honor-shame narrative.
- San Francisco's Chinatown: A History of Racism and its Heroes through the Eyes of God:
- “AAPI hate: The Road Towards Healing" - a webinar given at one of our partner ministries, Youth with a Mission in SF's Tenderloin.
- "Chinatown Through the Eyes of God" - Steve Hong together with former board member Pastor Nate Lee preached a message that ties the story of Chinatown's racism to God's Kingdom (sermon starts at minute 22).
- Honor-Shame and the Gospel: “In this single volume, God has brought together some of the world’s brightest cross-cultural gospel communicators and thinkers to share the wisdom they have gleaned about worldview and how it is influenced by guilt, shame, and fear." — Roland Muller, author of “Honor and Shame: Unlocking the Door" - by a collection of authors including me
- Fundraising (Ministry Partner Development) for Ethnic Minorities: This book was written for missionaries from ethnic backgrounds, in the trenches, in one of the most vulnerable and formative seasons of a missionary's life. No other book out there on fundraising applies honor-shame to train missionaries in the trenches. Download it for free and skim Section 2. Trust me; even if you've never thought about full-time ministry, that section will apply to you. - by Steve Hong
- Chinatown: "New Chinatown photo book explores neighborhood’s journey ‘from shame to celebration" - by award-winning author Kathy Chin Leong
- Curated Book list: Leaders from both the African-American and Asian-American communities put this list together found at the end of this post.
- Though not well represented in theological texts, an honor-shame theology comes plainly from the storyline and cultural backdrop of Scripture. Thus, preaching and teaching have been effective ways to clearly demonstrate the application of this biblical theology across Scripture. We've accomplished this across dozens of churches, ethnic groups and denominations.
INVITATION: "Take a seat. You're invited to a rich meal."
We are inviting you to consider one or more of the following baby steps to deepen your engagement with our mission:
- Subscribe to our monthly newsletters.
- This is the most consistent and "inside track" way to track how we are accomplishing the mission together. These newsletters are opt in only and not available to the public.
- Scroll to the bottom of this page to contact us to request newsletters.
- Subscribe to our blog.
- Blog posts are available publicly and written for more of a general audience.
- You may subscribe from the blog page or scroll to the bottom of this page to contact us to subscribe to the blog.
- Consider making a financial investment through a special gift and/or monthly giving.
- Contact us. Let's discern next steps on this journey. Scroll to the bottom of this page to contact us
IMMERSION: "Allow the meal to speak to all your senses and give you new tastes."
This is where we get down to business, excavating honor-shame stories from our own lives and our communities, and how it affects how we see God and others. Again, the following programs are in order of least to most immersive:
- Recorded webinars/sermons with a live debrief
- Though nothing compares with an in-person neighborhood immersion, we offer virtual immersions. Together, we present an intimate exposure to Chinatown’s history and story, and a unique telling of Chinatown through an honor-shame perspective that’s rarely found anywhere else.
- An Immersion into Chinatown. This is an immersion into a foundational AAPI story of racism on-site through the alleyways of Chinatown, but told through the theological lens of place and honor-shame. This 90-120 minute immersion is our "signature" program.
- Various Neighborhood Immersions:
- We have also offered immersions into other parts of San Francisco. We are well networked with leaders who have an incarnational presence in other San Francisco ‘hoods like Bayview/Hunters Point, the Tenderloin, the Haight-Ashbury, Manillatown, and Harlem West. Steve has led innovative tours via bus, bikes, and on foot for non-profits, missionaries, seminarians, and students from grade school to graduate level.
- This is one of several immersions I did for the interfaith community of San Francisco:
- Urban Immersions and Retreats
- The most immersive experience is a multi-day urban immersion, which is a combination of different neighborhood immersions with workshops to debrief and reframe how we see ourselves, God, and others.
- Off-site retreats at a camp or retreat center. With COVID, I've not done any of these and don't plan to for the near future
- This is our most immersive virtual experience. The six week cohort will carefully reveal the lenses that govern our relationships by examining heart beliefs we all learned from our growing up years, starting with the lenses by which we see others, moving onto the lens by which we see ourselves, and finally the lens by which we see God