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Anglican Church of Korea to celebrate 125th anniversary

Posted on: September 23, 2015 10:26 AM
Related Categories: Communion, Korea, mission, Reconciliation

By ACNS staff

The Anglican Church of Korea (ACK) will focus on the topic of reconciliation as it marks 125 years of Anglican mission in the country on 3 October at Seoul Cathedral.

With the theme “Reconciliation of Nature, Human and God – Lord, send me!” drawn from Isaiah 6,8, the ACK hopes the anniversary celebrations will be an encouragement for Anglican missionary work in Korea and beyond.

The Church will be looking forward towards the 150th anniversary of mission in Korea with a “Declaration of Vision”, as well as commemorating milestones in its history.

The year 2015 is a significant one in which to declare a new vision, the ACK notes, coming 100 years after the ordination of the first Anglican Korean priest, the Revd Hee Jun Mark Kim, and 50 years after the ordination of the first Korean bishop, the Rt Revd Chun Hwan Paul Lee, both defining moments for the church.

Further milestones this year include the 90th anniversary of the religious community the Society of Holy Cross and the Mother’s Union of Korea, the 50th anniversary of the Dioceses of Seoul and Daejeon, and the Girls Friendly Society in Korea, and the 40th anniversary of the Diocese of Busan.

Among the 2000 expected participants at the celebration are the Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, Primate of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (the Anglican Communion of Japan); the Most Revd Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church; the Rt Revd Shin, Alen, first US Korean bishop; and the Rt Revd Donald Allister, envoy of Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Peterborough, as well as Mayor of Seoul Won Soon Park, Korean church leaders, and staff from the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korea Conference of Religions for Peace.

The ACK became a Province of the Anglican Communion in 1993. There are four religious communities in the country and an Anglican university.