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Comfort Women
Posted October 26, 2016

During WWII, some 200,000 women were kidnapped throughout Asia and forced into sexual slavery as ‘comfort women.’ Organized and administered by the Japanese government with military precision, so-called comfort stations were set up throughout the Pacific to satisfy the sexual appetites of soldiers. Read a more thorough account of this cruel history here, and the … Continued

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Comfort Women
Posted October 22, 2016

During WWII some 200,000 women were kidnapped throughout Asia and forced into sexual slavery as ‘comfort women. Organized and administered by the Japanese government with military precision, so-called comfort stations (brothels) were set up throughout the Pacific to satisfy the sexual appetites of soldiers. A more thorough account of this cruel history can be found … Continued

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Visiting the DMZ
Posted October 19, 2016

The DMZ (De Militarized Zone) is a four-kilometer wide strip of land that separates North and South Korea. Defined at the end of the Korean War in 1953, the zone is still a heavily guarded and monitored border since the war has never technically ended, and a peace treaty has never been negotiated. The PROK … Continued

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Rural Churches in Korea
Posted October 18, 2016

What exactly defines a church as ‘rural?’ That was a question on my mind yesterday as we traveled a few hours south of Seoul to visit a church beyond the urban heat of Korea’s capital. Of course, our preconceived notions shape our expectations; so many of us from Canada expected to see a small, isolated … Continued

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Early Morning Prayer Service At Yongsanjeil Church, Seoul
Posted October 18, 2016

One of the items on our agenda as part of the exchange trip was an early-morning prayer meeting. The meeting happens Monday through Friday, starting at 5:00 and runs about 40 minutes. Seven of us from UCC Canada attended this early prayer service led by Toronto Conference President, Rev. Audrey Brown. We had to leave … Continued

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Sumdol Church – A New Adventure in Ministry.
Posted October 17, 2016

On Sunday we split into small groups and went to 5 different churches in Seoul for Sunday worship. David Allen, Sarah Jane Wetelainen, and I went to Sumdol Church, a small and unique ministry serving the LGBT community in Seoul. Sumdol doesn’t have a purpose-built church building, but operates out of a centre for community … Continued

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Yega Community Church
Posted October 16, 2016

One of the churches in Seoul that the delegation from Toronto Conference visited on Sunday Oct 16, 2016 was Yega Community Church. A“small” community church within the Seoul Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK), Yega has a membership of about 100; today, about 60 members came to worship plus some … Continued

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Remembering the Lost Children
Posted October 15, 2016

As we were exploring the city today, our hosts led us from the majestic ceremonial gates of the Gyeongbok Palace along the Sejokro. A large cultural fair occupied both sides of the wide centre boulevard, with traditional crafts, music, and buskers showing off their skills; the atmosphere was festive and fun in the summer-like weather. … Continued

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We’re Here!
Posted October 15, 2016

  After 3 hours at Toronto Airport, 13 hours in the air, and about 2.5 on a bus from Incheon airport to our hotel, we’re in Seoul!  Slightly bleary-eyed but full of enthusiasm, we met our hosts from the PROK:  Rev. Mijung An, the General Secretary of Seoul Presbytery, Rev. Kim Sung Chul, the chair … Continued

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Of Icebergs and Churches
Posted October 13, 2016

It seems like quite a big deal, what is going on in the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) offices today.  The PCK Assembly (Presbyterian Church of Korea, a separate denomination from the PROK) passed a resolution rescinding the ‘heresy charge’ leveled against Rev. Kim Jae Joon back in 1952. The Moderator and  … Continued

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