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Celebrating Asian Canadians’ contributions: Canada 150

Then, Now, & Tomorrow: Weaving our Stories with Canadian History was a multicultural, multigenerational, and multisensory event at Knox College on October 14, 2017, celebrating Asian Canadians’ contributions to Canadian society on the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim, Director of Knox’s Asian Centre and of Knox’s Academic Programs, gave the keynote lecture, “Empowerment of Identity, Strengthening of Relationships: Contributions of Asian Faith Stories.” He said, “As members of Asian-Canadian communities, of Knox College, and as Christians, we are gathered to share our respective stories with each other, and with the greater community around us. Collectively, we have gathered to share our stories of what God has done in each of our lives.” He concluded, “Many of us have come to understand and to be proud of our individual identities, and that in turn has enabled us to be engaging neighbors to others in this country. That, I believe, is a major contribution that the immigrants of this nation have made to this nation. And that unique experience, I believe, has made Canada a nation of gentle relationships, caring relationships.” Rev. Kim’s sharing of his background set the tone for others to add their voices. Storytelling, music, and dancing featured Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese participants. The celebration concluded with fellowship.

 

 

Photos by Debora Rolls.

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Principal Vissers’ Induction and Installation Service

On September 29, 2017, the Presbytery of Oak Ridges and the Board of Governors of Knox College inducted and installed the Rev. Dr. John A. Vissers as the 13th principal of Knox College. 

“A theological seminary is not a trade school for religious leaders,” said Dr. Vissers in his address, Wrestling with God: Theological Education in a Secular Age. “It is a community of faith and learning at the centre of the church’s life; a place of formation and transformation; where disciples of Jesus are creatively and faithfully educated, equipped, and empowered for service; where minds are opened, faith is deepened, capacities are increased, and skills are honed; where students are being shaped to participate in the mission of God in the world. In other words, a theological college like Knox is tasked to impact and influence those called to leadership, to touch the heart, head, and hands of would-be leaders, such that they can then impact and influence the churches they serve.” Read Dr. Vissers’ complete address here. Also, watch a video of the service here or at the bottom of this page. (Video by Yeon Jun Kyle Kim.) Find more photos on Knox’s Facebook page

 

 

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