Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Recent Entries

Hope for the Next Generation of Academic Leaders

The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) held a “2013 Leaders in the Academy Conference” at Chicago Theological Seminary from June 6-9, 2013 under the supervision of Matthew Williams who is one of the Directors of Strategic Partnerships, specializing in building relations with theological institutions.

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June 11, 2013

FTE Is At A Crossroads

For the past years, FTE has graciously supported faithful leadership for the church and academy. It has primarily accomplished this work as a fellowships-granting organization. But now that the church is in transition and there are major shifts in demographics and cultural trends, FTE is pausing to reexamine itself as it looks to move forward.

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May 01, 2013

A Personal Reflection on the FTE Consultation at AAR/SBL

Getting up at 3:30 a.m. to get the airport by 4:30 a.m. is never fun. But it was for a Fund for Theological Education (FTE) Alumni consultation meeting; so I felt alright about compromising my sleeping hours. The FTE Alumni consultation was held at Chicago Temple-United Methodist Church at 9a.m on Friday November 16, 2012. It was a pre-AAR meeting to see how FTE should precede in the future as they won’t be accepting applications for fellowships that would be awarded in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Matthew Williams who is the Director of FTE’s fellowship programs recently stated that “FTE is putting a hold on fellowship programs to undergo a strategic assessment and planning process for the future of
the organization…

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December 07, 2012

God, Women, and the Church

Sexism is present in our churches as well as in our society. However, it may be even more prominent in our Korean American churches due to Korea’s cultural history, religious background and societal values. As a result, churches will give every excuse not to call a woman as their pastor. Rev. Unzu Lee states that “churches have to stop blaming culture” for how the Korean American Churches treat their women. Churches continue to blame Korean cultural, historical and religious heritages as excuses and reasons for how women are treated in the church. However, Korean American churches need to stop blaming culture and more correctly name this systematic subordination and subjugation of women as sexism.

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May 02, 2012