Phone and megaphones: Hate speech in Japan

(Content warning: quotes and video clip related to hate groups). Throughout our time with Japanese partners, we’ve heard again and again about the spike in hate speech directed at Koreans and others in Japan, starting in about 2012. The Korean Christian Church in Japan and the Center for Minority Issues in Mission covered this concern … Continue reading Phone and megaphones: Hate speech in Japan

The duty of peacemaking: Korean Christian Church in Japan

On November 25, we had a visit with the Center for Minority Issues in Mission (CMIM) and an unexpected visit with the General Secretary of the Korean Christian Church in Japan, Rev KIM Byoung Ho. Kim-sensei was very busy, but generously made the time to introduce us to the KCCJ and its context. The KCCJ’s … Continue reading The duty of peacemaking: Korean Christian Church in Japan

Noden/Theological Seminary for Rural Mission: Classes & Presentations

Over the course of 10 days, Julie and I each taught a class in the Rural Mission course at the Noden, one focusing on Designated Lay Ministry and the other on LGBTQIA+ realities in church and society in Canada and the work of Affirm United/S’Affirmer Ensemble. I also did a public presentation on Designated Lay … Continue reading Noden/Theological Seminary for Rural Mission: Classes & Presentations

Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace

***Trigger warning for discussion of systemic sexual violence against women**** Women’s Active Museum (WAM) was founded in August 2005 and was made possible by the vision and financial contribution (in her will) of journalist and activist, Yayori Matsui. She was a long-time activist who called the Japanese government to account for the “comfort women” system … Continue reading Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace