Taking hold of the vision and vocation of global leadership development to which Columbia Theological Seminary remains committed, Rev. Dr. Syngman Rhee, the Former Moderator of the PC(USA), has graciously accepted an invitation to join our staff as administrative faculty. His appointment, a first for Columbia Seminary, is as the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Practice of Global Leadership Development. Dr. Rhee is also serving as Acting Director of Korean American Ministries while Dr. Paul Huh is on sabbatical this fall. This is not only a great honor for Columbia Seminary to have a former moderator, renowned for his ministry of global leadership development on our staff, but especially for our increasingly diverse student body, whom Dr. Rhee seeks to serve as “pastor-teacher-mentor.”
By Kevin Park, Associate Dean for Advanced Professional Studies and Assistant Professor of Theology
I am blessed to call three countries home. I was born in Korea, raised in Canada, and have been living in the U.S. for the past twenty-one years. Although I visit family and friends in Toronto often, I have not been back to Korea since our family immigrated in 1974. In November 2013, after almost 40 years, I travelled to the country of my birth. Dr. Paul Huh and I, with the help of Dr. Kathy Dawson, organized a DMin/DEdMin travel seminar to Busan, Korea, for the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches. Seven students, four alumni/ae, and three faculty members from Columbia Seminary went on a pilgrimage to Busan to experience global ecumenism in action. The Assembly was an unforgettable experience for us all. Experiencing Korea again was a priceless gift for me. Continue reading Pilgrimage to Korea
By Michael Thompson, Director of Communications
The Korean American Ministries (KAM) at Columbia Theological Seminary has published a new journal issue, No. 6 “Twelve Influential Early Korean Preachers.” The whole issue is available in English and can be downloaded at http://webkam.org/journal.
“Twelve Influential Early Korean Preachers” represents a sampling of Korean sermons, and highlights the significant life of early preachers in the history and development of the Protestant churches in Korea. This is not a complete list, but is a representation of denominationally recognized names of early Christian leaders in Korea. Continue reading New KAM Journal: Twelve Influential Early Korean Preachers