DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE — July 2021
Keeping the Faith: Celebrating the Ministries of Korean Presbyterians
This month’s Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries e-newsletter features the office of Korean Intercultural Congregational Support. These are the reflections of the Rev. Moongil Cho, Associate for the ministry area.
The Rev. Denise Anderson
Acting Director of Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries
By Moongil Cho
Although the first Korean immigrants came to Hawaii more than 100 years ago, it was in the late ’60s that a large number of Korean immigrants began to come to the U.S. due to the immigration bill signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. Looking back over the past 50 years, it is no exaggeration to say that the first chapter of Korean immigration history has come to an end and the second chapter of Korean immigration history has just begun.
The Korean churches in the PC(USA) have achieved remarkable growth and expansion over the past half century because of the prayer, care and support of the PC(USA). However, the emphasis and direction of its ministry have focused on evangelism based on conservative and traditional Reformed theology, maintenance of divine worship and spiritual fellowship among its members.
As the second generation of Korean immigrant history begins, the Korean church should emphasize holistic and inclusive goals of the Church in addition to the traditional strength of the Korean church listed above. In other words, the second-generation Korean American faith community in this very diverse, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society must endeavor to promote and explore the areas of social justice, as we address the rash of violence against Asian Americans, preservation of the truth and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.