Tag Archives: Joseph N. Goh

Daring to Hope

The commemoration of the birth of Christ draws nigh, signalling a time for people from all walks of life to celebrate a renewal of hope and peace. The portrayal of the helpless Newborn in a cave in Bethlehem reflects the helplessness of so many people in Malaysia who remain cradled by the political, economic, and even socio-religious ideologies of others. Malaysians have witnessed a multitude of events in 2015 that have caused us to question what it means to be Malaysians in the twenty-first century. Read More +

Our Lady of Subang Jaya

Goh, Joseph N. Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present, ed. Patrick J. Hayes, s.v. “Our Lady of Subang Jaya.” Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016.   Description of Encyclopedia: Miracles give hope to the hopeless and exemplify the intersection of the divine and the mundane. They have shaped world history and continue to influence us through their presence in films, television, novels, and popular culture. This encyclopedia provides a unique resource on the philosophical, historical, religious, and cross-cultural Read More +

Identity Formations in Contemporary Malaysia: Traversing and Transcending Ethnicity

Marco Ferrarese, Joseph N. Goh, Julian C. H. Lee and Caryn Lim. “Identity Formations in Contemporary Malaysia: Traversing and Transcending Ethnicity.” In Malaysia Post-Mahathir: A Decade of Change?, edited by James Chin and Joern Dosch, 41-69. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2015.   “… ethnicity as a point of primary identity construction is being traversed and transcended … as the authors demonstrate, at the wider socio-political level members of civil society movements, such as Bersih and Seksualiti Merdeka, have deliberately sought to either explore non-ethnic identities or Read More +

“No Other God”: Unexpected Christian Idolatry?

“You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20: 3). A chance encounter with this single sentence while browsing for a particular biblical verse had me reflecting on the idea of idolatry. It brought back memories of a previous ministry to the indigenous Bidayŭh and Iban Christians in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It reminded me of communities that were held together by unquestionable loyalties to various Christian denominations which were introduced by zealous missionaries. Proselytisation had its casualties, though. Mass conversions of people Read More +

A Eulogy for Tony Tan – A Friend from Singapore

I have been asked by Rev. Miak Siew to deliver a eulogy as we bid goodbye  to our friend and brother, Tony Tan. Although I cannot be present physically, I am happy and honoured to be able to address all of you today. I first met Tony when I flew over to Singapore from Kuala Lumpur for the Amplify Conference in September 2014. We met in the little room at Free Community Church that served as a pantry during the Conference. Tony was very friendly, Read More +

At the Threshold of a New Year: Reminiscence and Supplication

  At the threshold of a new year, G*d of darkness and shadows and light, we remember again, that you walk with us, within us, around us, in our tragedies and our miseries, in our illnesses and sufferings, in the unresolved riddles of life.   At the threshold of a new year, G*d of our bodies and our hearts, we recall your breath on our necks, your caress on our cheeks, your touch on our most intimate spaces, your presence that penetrates deep within us, Read More +

Amplify 2014: All-Asia Open and Affirming Church + Life Conference in Singapore

Between September 12 and 14, 2014, approximately 200 people participated in the Amplify Conference (Amplify). The theme of the Conference was ‘Renewal’. This is the sixth All-Asia-Pacific Open and Affirming Church + Life Conference that gathers diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex and queer persons, as well as straight-identifying allies (LGBTIQS) to share personal stories and learn more about intersecting issues of gender, sexuality and the Christian faith. Amplify began in Singapore in 2009 as a retreat for LGBTIQS persons who served in the music Read More +

Queer Asian Spirit E-Magazine (QAS E-Zine) Vol. 4, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng and I are very grateful for the opportunity to bring you another issue of the QAS E-Zine with the theme of Queer Diversity! This E-Zine foregrounds the often unheard spiritual perspectives and lived experiences of LGBTIPAQ persons of Asian descent from all over the world. This issue of the QAS E-Zine is packed with various contributions on sexuality rights, gender and sexual diversity, and queer spiritual spaces. Read more.         You may also be interested in: Read More +

A Malaysian treads on Dangerous Ground by Queering Guadalupe

What first drew me to the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe were the myths surrounding the image. When I was a much younger man, and avowedly Roman in my Catholicism, someone (I forget who now) loaned me a book that recounted with detailed words and images the legendary apparition of Mary to Juan Diego in 1531. I was enthralled by what I read. It touched me very deeply that a humble peasant was visited by the Mother of Christ on a lonely spot, and Read More +

Report from Jakarta: International Consultation on Church and Homophobia

By Joseph N. Goh at AACRE. An International Consultation on Church and Homophobia (ICCH) was held at the Jakarta Theological Seminary (JTS) in Jakarta, Indonesia from November 23 to 26, 2014. This consultative conference was co-organised by JTS, the National Council of Churches in India, the Theological Department of the Christian University of Duta Wacana, the Communion of Churches of Indonesia, the Fellowship of Women Theologians, the World Student Christian Federation-Asia Pacific, and the Christian Conference of Asia. The conference sought to introduce LGBT issues Read More +