Who We Are
The Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture (ISACC) is a research and training organization specializing in development, missiology and cross-cultural studies aimed at social transformation within the Asian context.
Our work seeks to see the gospel of Christ so rooted in Asian cultures that it is engaged by its values and empowered to become societies of justice and righteousness. We are a creative witness to the Lordship of Jesus in all of life by penetrating cultures with the values of the kingdom and engaging the powers towards social transformation.
ISACC was established in July 1978 in response to the historical crisis posed by the experience of authoritarianism in the Philippines. Through more than three and a half decades of political advocacy, research, popular education and development work, it has evolved into a major influence in moving evangelical church communities towards a deeper commitment to the poor, with a reputation for creative advocacy campaigns and effective service, solidarity and empowerment among the grassroots communities it has served.
ISACC’s long years of advocacy culminated in its mobilizing of church communities at the height of resistance to the Marcos regime. It organized Konfes (Konsensiya ng Febrero Siete), a coalition of some Namfrel volunteers and a network of Protestant churches which served as center of evangelical presence at the barricades during the February 1986 ‘People Power’ uprising.
Some of its notable advocacies were its participation in the long campaign for the dismantling of US military bases in the country; the push for agrarian reform; and the national campaign for Jubilee 2000, an international movement for debt cancellation and relief for poor countries.
ISACC is also known for its promotion of cultural awareness through artistic productions and training in cross-cultural issues. Its encouragement of indigenous liturgical music has contributed towards enlarging this body of work, moving it towards becoming a richer, more popular and accessible tradition.
Ms. Melba Padilla Maggay, Ph. D.
National Board of Reference
Former Senator Jovito R. Salonga ✞
Former Senator Leticia R. Shalani ✞
International Board of Reference
Dr. Miriam Adeney – USA
Rev. Pedro Q. Arana – Peru
Dr. Samuel Escobar – Peru
Rev. Goh Keat Peng – Malaysia
Dr. Andrew Kirk – UK
Dr. Wing Tai Leung – Hong Kong, SAR
Dr. Wayan Mastra – Indonesia
Rev. Eric J. Miller – USA
Dr. Rene C. Padilla – Argentina
Dr. Ronald J. Sider – USA
Rev. Darrel W. Johnson – USA
Rev. John Stott ✞ – UK
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