Christians & Missionaries

An exclusive in yesterday’s Telegraph reports that Holy Trinity Brompton, among other evangelical churches, is warning against a group called Parachristo which is said to have links to ‘a controversial South Korean group known as Shincheonji (SCJ) – or the “New Heaven and New Earth” church (NHNE) – whose founder Man-Hee Lee is referred to […]

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The 2014 Korean Prayer Mission to the UK

by Philip Gowman 7 September 2014
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1,000 Koreans will be spending their Chuseok holiday flying to the UK to join a prayer mission. The missionaries will divide themselves between 40 locations across the land before gathering in London from 15 September. They return to Korea on the 18th. The Mission will be led by Pastor Choi Namsoo of the Kwangmyung Presbyterian […]

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Happy 150th Birthday, James Scarth Gale

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2013
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James Scarth Gale – missionary, translator, and one of the founders of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch – was born 150 years ago on 19 February 1863. His birthday has been marked by an upgraded Wikipedia page, a special page with photos on Brother Anthony’s site, and a memorial service at Yeondong Church (which […]

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London Korean Catholics in their own building at last

by Philip Gowman 18 December 2011
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Congratulations to the London Korean Catholic community. After 20 years, this morning is their first Mass in their own building, down in Sutton. Till now, they’ve had to borrow buildings.

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Seoul’s neon pollution

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2011
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Blinded by the light: Seoul’s neon pollution – Interesting piece on the red neon crosses on Korea’s churches in the Joongang Ilbo: http://bit.ly/mIRj0X #

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Book review: Pearl Buck’s Living Reed

by Philip Gowman 25 February 2011
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Pearl S Buck: Living Reed – A Novel of Korea Moyer Bell, 1963 Pearl Buck spent most of her childhood and early adulthood in China in an American missionary family and, mixing with local children, grew up with an unrivaled understanding of the country. Her experiences were distilled into an unexpectedly bestselling trilogy of novels […]

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Economic growth the priority for Korea in Laos

by Darren Southcott 10 September 2010
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Even for those familiar with the world of development aid, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) – the Korean government overseas aid organisation – may be a bit of an unknown entity. Arguably lacking the stature of a USAID or the pedigree of a DfID, KOICA has had to build its reputation from scratch in recent […]

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PhD studentship in Korean Catholicism at Leeds Trinity

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2010
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Korean studies seems to be in rude health in the UK at the moment. So soon after the job posting for a professorship at Sheffield, an interesting studentship at Leeds Trinity University College: Leeds Trinity University College, UK, is offering a PhD studentship in Korean Catholicism. The studentship will be to the value of £13,300 […]

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Korean missionaries: Protestant churches and their global vision

by Saharial 10 April 2010
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Saharial reports from the recent talk at the Korean Cultural Centre: Dr Kirsteen Kim (Theology at Leeds Trinity University College) Wednesday 31st March 2010 In the summer of 2007, a group of missionaries from the Saemmul Presbyterian Church, South Korea, were kidnapped by the Taliban, an incident that left 2 of their members dead and […]

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Upcoming KCC talk on development on Korean protestantism

by Philip Gowman 18 March 2010
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News of an interesting lecture at the KCC this month: Korean missionaries: Protestant churches and their global vision Dr Kirsteen Kim (Theology at Leeds Trinity University College) Date & Time: Wednesday 31st March 2010, 6.30pm Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Korean Cultural Centre Email to info@kccuk.org.uk or call +44(0)20 7004 2600 to reserve your place Wherever you […]

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Ch’udo yebae: Christian Accommodation to Korean Ancestral Rites

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2009
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Details of November’s Global Korea Lecture at the Cultural Centre: Tuesday 24th November 2009, 6.30pm Subject: Ch’udo yebae: Christian Accommodation to Korean Ancestral Rites Speaker: Professor James H. Grayson (School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield) Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Korean Cultural Centre According to the 2005 Korean Household and Population Census, Christians now represent […]

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100 years of the Salvation Army in Korea

by Michael Rank 23 November 2008
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Michael Rank on a fascinating connection between an East London cemetery and Korea’s history

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Radio 4: Korean missionaries abroad: Bible Studies with Taekwondo

by Philip Gowman 27 March 2008

Crossing Continents – a BBC Radio 4 broadcast from earlier today. Ulli Schauen visits Korea to find out why Koreans are such fervent evangelists. 16,000 work abroad as Christian missionaries, a total surpassed only by the US. The 30 minute programme can be heard here. You’ll catch the tail end of a news broadcast at […]

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Dec 07 BAKS conference report #5: James Grayson

by Philip Gowman 7 December 2007

Professor James Grayson – Professor of Modern Korean Studies and Director of Centre for Korean Studies, Sheffield University Ch’udo yebae: a Protestant substitute for Confucian ancestral rituals Abstract: An early resolution of a conflict of values is necessary if a missionary religion is to find acceptance in the culture of the receiving society. In East […]

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Pastor Bae Hyun-kyu

by Philip Gowman 29 July 2007

Just received from a reader On behaf of Avaaz.org, I am asking the Korean Community to remeber the death of Pastor Bae Hyun-Kyu who was killed on his 42nd birthday on Wednesday 25th July by the Taliban militia in Central Afghanistan. Also, let us remember the 22 remaining hostage in Ghazni, who were due to […]

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Korean missionaries in Afghanistan

by Philip Gowman 7 February 2007

I just received a request from a reader for any means of contacting the organisation which has sent Korean missionaries to Afghanistan — or indeed contact details for any of the missionaries out there. The reader is anxious to contact a relative who is with the missionaries and who hasn’t been in touch for a […]

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Susie Younger: Never ending flower

by Philip Gowman 4 November 2006
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Susie Younger: Never ending flower Collins Harvill, 1967 To describe this book as a memoir of a Catholic missionary in South Korea in the early 1960s, while factually correct, undersells it. Yes, the author is a person of deep Christian faith, but her work in Korea is more that of a social worker than evangelist. […]

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