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Asian-Canadian Churches of Today – for Tomorrow

A public forum hosted by the Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry at Knox College
Monday, April 29, 2019, 2pm to 8pm
Knox College (59 St. George Street, Toronto)

Watch video of the event here:

Part 1: https://youtu.be/K0gIcfNTho0
Part 2: https://youtu.be/pc8dhHQ6Wdg

(see schedule below for details)

The Asian Centre conducted a research project titled “Challenges and opportunities for Asian-Canadian immigrant churches with first- and second-generation congregants.” Qualitative research was done with help from the members of Chinese, Taiwanese, and Korean churches in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

In this study, congregants from both the ethnic language services and English language services at each church shared their opinions about challenges and opportunities, and they envisioned their churches 25 years from now.


Event stream part 1: https://youtu.be/K0gIcfNTho0

2:00 Welcome and Worship
2:30 Asian-Canadian Churches of Today: Research Introduction and Findings With Dong-Ha Kim & Nam Soon Song
3:20 Group Discussions
4:00 Debriefing
4:30 Break

Event stream part 2: https://youtu.be/pc8dhHQ6Wdg
4:45 Panel Discussion: “Asian-Canadian Churches of Today – for Tomorrow” With In Kee Kim, Ben Kuo, Dong-Ha Kim, & Nam Soon Song
6:05 Dinner (free-will offering)
6:50 Group Discussion
7:30 Debriefing
7:50 Closing

About the presenters:

Dr. Ben C. H. Kuo is a Taiwanese-born and Canada/U.S.-educated counseling psychologist. He is currently a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor, Canada. He is a registered and practicing psychologist in Ontario and has over 25 years of clinical experience working with and treating diverse clients, including international students, immigrants, refugees, racial/ethnic minorities, and non-minority individuals in North America and Asia. Dr. Kuo’s research is in cross-cultural psychology and multicultural counseling/psychotherapy. He has published research on acculturation, cultural stress and coping, professional help-seeking attitudes and behaviors, and cultural adjustment and mental health issues among immigrants, refugees, and culturally-diverse populations. Dr. Kuo has lectured, taught, and provided training internationally in Taiwan, China, Thailand, New Zealand, Russia, Brazil, and Canada as a distinguished visiting professor. Dr. Kuo was the recipient of the Outstanding Research Award: Establish Research/Scholar Category as well as of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences’ Dr. Kathleen E. McCrone Teaching Award at the University of Windsor in 2017. Dr. Kuo and his family currently attend Lakeshore St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Windsor (Tecumseh), Ontario.

Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim is a graduate of Knox College in both the M.Div. and the Th.D. programs. He is thankful to have studied under the tutelage of many passionate theologians who shared his excitement over the teachings of Christian doctrines, especially the Doctrine of the Triune God. Now blessed with experiences in congregational ministry, church committees, and governance, and having had opportunities to serve the greater community of faith, Dr. Kim is excited about mentoring students in his role as the Interim Director of the Academic Programs and the Director of the Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry at Knox College.

Prof. Nam Soon Song has taught in Christian Education at Knox College since 2000. Previously she led two qualitative research studies: “Youth Ministry that Matters: Voices of Korean Canadian Youth” published by The Journal of Youth Ministry, Vol. 15. No. 2, spring 2017; and “Demythologizing the ‘Silent Exodus’: Asian Canadian Protestant Young Adults” submitted for publication in The International Journal of Practical Theology. The current research, “Challenges and Opportunities for Asian Canadian Immigrant Churches with First- and Second-Generation Congregants: A Qualitative Study of Chinese, Taiwanese, and Korean Churches in the Greater Toronto Area” has been conducted with the help of a grant received from the Louisville Institute in 2018.

Rev. In Kee Kim has been lead minister of St. Timothy’s Korean Presbyterian Church for over 25 years, with both Korean- and English-speaking congregants. Rev. Kim is a committed member of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, and his wealth of experience spans diverse areas of leadership (Committee on Theological Education and Board of Governors for Knox College; Pension Board for the PCC, and both Moderator and Clerk of the Presbytery of Eastern HanCa). Rev. Kim is also an experienced researcher with participation in a major research project entitled, “Religious attitude and commitment among 1.5 and 2nd Asian Canadian Protestant Young Adults.” Rev. Kim also presented a paper at a forum held at Princeton Theological Seminary, “A Dilemma Facing the Immigrant Church: A Case of Korean-Canadian Experience.”