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Mission leaders meet to talk about being thoughtful travelers during mission trips

As travel restrictions begin to loosen worldwide and churches start thinking about long- and short-term mission trips, a group of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission leaders, World Mission staff and mission co-workers joined together on Zoom Wednesday night to talk about how to be thoughtful travelers when visiting global partners in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The late Rev. Dr. George Edward Todd awarded medal by the Korean government

June 10 marked the anniversary of the start of protests for democracy that swept across the Republic of Korea in 1987.  This year on June 10, the Korean government recognized 29 people who made notable contributions to advancing democracy in Korea. Among them was the late Rev. Dr. George Edward Todd, who was awarded a Civil Merit Medal by the Republic of Korea (ROK). There were only two other awardees who were not Korean nationals. 

Vaccine rollout varies greatly around the world

More than 894 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in 155 countries, about 5.9% of the global population, including 209 million doses in the U.S., according to Bloomberg News. But the availability of vaccine varies greatly around the world, with smaller countries finding themselves a distant priority.

Korea YAVs share highlights from their year of service

Living in intentional Christian community has been looking different for Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) in South Korea. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s two Korea YAVs — Susannah Stubbs and Amanda Kirkscey — have lived in a school dormitory and a church guest house instead of the previous site model where they lived together, next door to the YAV site coordinator.

Korea YAVs share highlights from their year of service

Living in intentional Christian community looks different this year for Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) in South Korea. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s two Korea YAVs — Susannah Stubbs and Amanda Kirkscey — are living in a school dormitory and a church guest house instead of the previous site model where they lived together, next door to the YAV site coordinator.

Peacemaker working for a unified Korea

When many South Koreans think of their neighbors to the north, the phrases that come to mind are not so neighborly: “horned monsters” or “a demon to be removed,” writes the Rev. Moon-Sook Lee, who has held several ecumenical and Presbyterian posts in South Korea over the past three decades.

Blessed are the peacemakers

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Very rarely, though, do we stop and think of who these men and women are, let alone the challenges that they face, as they work to bring peace to the most turbulent places around the world. Presbyterians Today takes a look at today’s peacemakers.