(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
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
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
Food is both highlight and struggle in any visit to a new-to-us place or culture - at least for us, your faithful bloggers. And food has particular meaning for this visit, because of the focus of the seminary’s work. Keiko and Rob’s many years of ministry on the northern island of Hokkaido focused on the … Continue reading Food, food, wonderful local food!
***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
On Nov 20 we visited the offices of the National Christian Council in Japan (NCCJ), including the Peace and Education Center, and the Kyodan national offices (United Church of Christ in Japan - UCCJ), all housed in the same building and part of the Japan Christian Centre complex. At the Peace and Education Center, we … Continue reading Partner visits part 1
We were invited to Japan by the Seminary for Rural Mission, “Noden”. This amazing community has existed since 1948, when when the Japanese people were living under American military occupation and dealing with the enormous destruction caused by World War 2. Missionaries were again being allowed back into the country. Entrance to Noden Seminary. (The … Continue reading At Noden Seminary
This morning we are heading from Saskatoon, Treaty 6 and Métis homeland to Tokyo, to spend three weeks learning and doing a little teaching with Japanese and Korean partners. This is such a huge honour. We will be staying at the Seminary for Rural Mission (Noden), shown in the pictures. We will be hosted by … Continue reading From the Prairies to the Pacific
Time in Japan with global partners of the United Church of Canada: from the Prairies to the Pacific.