Aizaiah G Yong, PhD

Adjunct Instructor
Wisdom Traditions Department
PhD, Practical Theology (Claremont School of Theology)
BA Religious Studies, Master of Divinity
Contemplative Christianity

Aizaiah G. Yong (he/him) is an ordained Pentecostal Christian minister, practical theologian, and healing companion who has served in religious and higher education leadership for over 15 years devoting his energy to personally and socially transformationally work that centers QTBIPOC communities. He is a distinguished international speaker and his background includes keynote presentations, guest sermons at a diverse range of ecumenical ministries, psychospiritual private and community based practice, organizational consulting, faculty teaching experience, and higher educational administrative leadership. His first book, Multiracial Cosmotheadrism: a Practical Theology of Multiracial Experiences (Orbis Books, 2023), received the internationally acclaimed 2022 Raimon Panikkar Prize for the English language and critically explores how multiracial people transform efforts towards racial and planetary justice. Additional research interests of his include: contemplative spirituality, spiritual care, critical mixed race studies, internal family systems, as well as interreligious/intercultural community facilitation. Aizaiah loves being in a devoted partnership to his spouse of 12 years and considers being a parent to his four children one of the highest honors of his life. He also enjoys meeting diverse people, engaging and embracing intercultural communities, facilitating spiritual retreats, and is a sought out scholar-practitioner on issues at the intersection of spirituality, leadership, and social healing. Aizaiah believes that healing is a collective and creative work that is received when we relate to ourselves, one another, and the world from authenticity, curiosity, and perseverance.

  • 1) Multiracial Cosmotheandrism: A Practical Theology of Multiracial Experiences. Orbis Books, 2023. Received the 2022 International Raimon Panikkar Prize for the English Language. Endorsed by Javier Melloni, Ruben Habito, Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook, Soong-Chan Rah, Teddy Hickman-Maynard, and Robert Chao Romero. Book also featured in a special Orbis Books/Homebrewed Christianity giveaway entitled “Theology After Deconstruction” (fall of 2023) and special HTI En Conjunto showcase at their Professional Development Conference (summer 2023). Published reviews:
    • i) Robert D. Cornwall, “Review: Multiracial Cosmotheandrism.” (August 15, 2023) []
    • ii) Julie Davis, “Review: Multiracial Cosmotheandrism.” (February 15, 2024) []
    • iii) “Review: Multiracial Cosmotheandrism.” (February 15, 2024) []
  • 2) The Pulse of Life– Exploring the Power of Compassion in Transforming the World: Essays in Honor of Frank Rogers Jr. Claremont Press, 2023. (co-edited with Eric Kyle). Book featured by Global Compassion Coalition. “Introduction” (pp. 1-4) “‘Everything Is An Invitation’: How the Compassion Practice Invites a Transformation of Contemporary Christian Spirituality” (pp. 58-76)

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