Posts by LeAnn Snow Flesher

  • Tribute to ABSW Professor Emeritus, Dr. James Chuck

    July 21, 2017 ~ LeAnn Snow Flesher


    On Thursday evening, July 20, 2017 ABSW received this word pertaining to Professor Emeritus, Dr. James Chuck.

    Our Hospice nurse transitioned James into a calm restful state by 4:00 PM today. He passed away quietly at 4:44 PM. The family had a precious week with him in Santa Cruz, the children were all present when he passed. We are so grateful for his life, and lift up praises and thanks to our God!!

    Becky, Paul, Carol, John and the whole Chuck family

    Dr. Chuck was a long time Professor of Theology and Church Ministry at ABSW as well as long time pastor of First Chinese Baptist Church of San Francisco.  Even after his retirement from ABSW in ca. 2005-6 Dr. Chuck continued to serve on the Pacific Coast Baptist Association (PCBA) board, hold theological workshops, and speak at public events.  He will be missed.

  • A Cry for Justice in Hymnody

    November 9, 2016 ~ LeAnn Snow Flesher


    “A Cry for Justice in Hymnody” class at ABSW presents an evening of song

    Students from Dr. Nancy Hall and Rev. Dan Damon’s fall semester class presented an evening of singing on November 6. Featuring fifteen new hymns by composer and writer Dan Damon, the public was invited to share in these works of music that center on justice topics. Seventy-five people joined enthusiastically in the event, held at Berkeley Chinese Community Church.

    Dan led us through hymns such as “My Child Is a Flower” (justice for people with disabilities), “As Colors in the Sky” (justice for LGBTQ persons), “When Jesus Was a Refugee” (justice for migrants, immigrants, and refugees),”When Human Life is Bought and Sold” (justice for victims of human trafficking).

    Here’s an example of Dan’s hymn poetry from

    “Beside the Great Cathedrals” (justice for the poor):

    Beside the great cathedrals we huddle in the rain,

    or underneath the bridges till busy folks complain.

    We seek a little shelter, a coin to buy some bread,

    and Jesus waits here with us. He shares our stony bed.


    Each week during the semester the class has focused on a different justice-oriented theme, including those shown above or you can buy youtube views to improve your video. Singing through hymns by Dan and by other current hymn writers is a highlight of these class sessions.

    The November 6 event was sponsored by ABSW, The Center for the Arts and Religion at the GTU (who is also co-sponsoring the course), and The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.

    If you’d like to know more about “A Cry for Justice in Hymnody,” contact Dr. Nancy Hall, Associate Professor of Ministry and Congregational Music:

  • ABSW Hires New Director of Admissions!

    October 6, 2016 ~ LeAnn Snow Flesher

    meagan-woodIt gives us great pleasure to welcome Ms. Meagan Wood to the ABSW Team as our new Director of Admissions!

    Meagan comes to us from Claremont School of Theology where she was the Associate Director of Enrollment Services and Title IX Coordinator. Previously she was the Assistant Director of Outreach and Recruitment at Claremont. In her five years on the Claremont staff she was known as a bright and highly energetic leader who has a unique ability to connect with people. During her tenure Claremont increased its enrollment numbers every year.

    Ms. Wood is a MDiv graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN (concentrating on literature and ethics) and has her BA from Azusa Pacific University.

    Meagan began her work with us on September 19, 2016 and currently occupies the newly established Admissions and Recruitment office on the first floor of Hobart Hall. This creative relocation of the Admissions and Recruitment office puts her in an advantageous and accessible position for all visitors.

    Please stop by and say hello to Meagan next time you are on campus!

    Office: Hobart 2

    ABSW Extension: #229

    E mail:


  • I Too Am America by ABSW Alum Reginald Lyles

    September 24, 2016 ~ LeAnn Snow Flesher

    I, Too


    I, too, sing America.

    I am the darker brother.

    They send me to eat in the kitchen

    When company comes,

    But I laugh,

    And eat well,

    And grow strong.


    I’ll be at the table

    When company comes.

    Nobody’ll dare

    Say to me,

    “Eat in the kitchen,”



    They’ll see how beautiful I am

    And be ashamed—

    I, too, am America.


    It inspired me to write:


    I Too, am America



    I, no longer sing America;

    I am weeping in America


    I am still the darker brother,

    Who once was sent to eat in the kitchen, when company comes . . .

    I laughed grew strong and now I am President, I am Olympic champion, I am fortune 500 business CEO, I am academic president and professor, I am Nobel Prize Winner, I am astronaut, I am inventor, I am sports team owner, I am television network mogul, I am pastor, laborer, poet, painter, and priest. I am a father, mother, and child. Yes, I am Barak Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Catherine Hughes Serena and Venus, John Thompson, Alice Walker, Tyra Banks, Michael Jordan, Ervin Johnson, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Ken I. Chenault, and Ursula Burns.

    But, I am the darker brother, who also is Oscar Grant, Eric Gardner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Koryn Gaines, Tanisha Anderson, Terence Crutcher, and Tamir Rice.

    America’s neo-slave catchers are hunting me in the streets and I have been given a death sentence. I am murdered regardless if my hands are up or not. I am choked to death regardless if I plead that I cannot breathe. I am murdered in the North, South East, and West, from Oakland to the Bronx, from Detroit to New Orleans, from Cleveland to San Francisco from Chicago to Los Angeles. My blood is illegally being wasted from my beautiful body.

    Yes, I am beautiful: Black as night, smooth as satin, Brown as cafe au lait, and bright as lemon yellow. I am tall and muscular with rippling abs. I am curvy, powerful and thick that defines voluptuous. I am slender and sleek where clothes are made to drape.  I am beautiful and sweet as the cabernet sauvignon grape.

    But, they are trained to see my beauty as monstrous. What do they see –“Big and Black”? What does it mean to them? Be afraid  . . . Kill … Kill!

    So they hunt me and kill me, with their 9mm, behind their police badges and their disingenuous oath to protect and serve. Then they construct lies about the incidents and the lies are corroborated by more lies. They use every legal tactic to sequester the truth: Grand Jury Process, laws to prevent videotaping police arrests and activity, and delaying the investigations until the statute of limitations run out and Chief of police not telling District Attorneys of the crimes officers have committed (Sean Wendt and Nancy O’Malley).  They tell us that the video depictions are invalid unless it substantiates their versions.

    When we protest and beg for cessation. They claim we are thugs and unpatriotic or we should be concerned with Black on Black crime. They demand submission and that we make peace with their oppression. They bring forth some who look like us, but are more concerned with their endorsements or electability, or Church budgets to inform us that we are the blame for our bloodshed. Or they raise some foolish media distraction between Meek Mill and the Game!

    They are not ashamed – but some of us should be.

    They have made the spilling of our blood their right of passage –


    I too, am America, but I reject this pogrom;

    I no longer sing America;

    I am weeping in America