Lisa Asedillo Pratt is a doctoral student at Drew Theological School and studying Christian social ethics in the religion and society area. She is also an assistant pastor at New Day Church in the Bronx, New York. Lisa’s primary research interests include intercultural, Asian American, and feminist ethics, postcolonial theory, and liberationist thought. She also loves poetry, running, community building, and anything Grace Lee Boggs.
I’m currently being trained as a Christian social ethicist in a doctoral program. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned so far is that although Christians often assume we “already know” how to discern right from wrong making ethical choices is more complicated than we think.
When my mom and dad were dating, my Filipina mother told my white U.S.-American father that she would be returning to the Philippines to continue her work there after they graduated from seminary in California. She felt a strong calling to serve her people, and it would be up to him if he wanted to follow her there and continue their relationship.