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  • Korean Anabaptist Center - Anabaptistwiki
    to communal church ministries In contrast to the early Anabaptists Korean Anabaptists struggle with many of the same issues that today permeate Christian communities around the world individualism capitalism materialism polarizations and the existence of weapons of mass destruction among others KAC attempts to pull together these realities of Anabaptist tradition through expanding their library continuing work at translating and publishing Anabaptist documents in Korean and hosting open dialogues between church leaders seminary students NGO workers volunteers and other individuals and groups 8 Challenges edit Although KAC and the Anabaptist community in South Korea continue to grow as a fairly recent Anabaptist organization in a country with very few Anabaptist churches KAC struggles with finding support and participation from the community It is also faced with the challenge of internal conflict among its members and member churches yet like all new groups KAC is continually seeking unity and collaboration As with many if not all Anabaptist groups KAC struggles with being a part of a minority group in the wider Korean society 9 Another aspect of this challenge is the current situation for conscientious objectors in Korea Because of mandatory military service for all male citizens conscientious objection is not an easy option for any Koreans Since the beginning years of the Korean Mennonite Churches there has only been one conscientious objector and he has since been imprisoned for his convictions See article below about recent prison sentence for the first Anabaptist CO in South Korea Sangmin Lee 10 Visions for the Future edit When looking to the future leaders and members of KAC hope to contribute to the creation of a variety of Anabaptist related programs and educational networks Some of these include Anabaptist educational institute for Korea Northeast Asia and Asia Anabaptist Material Resource Center bringing together church members to work towards common goals and interests Anabaptist peace center for North Korean refugees and reunification Other Anabaptist international church communities aimed towards mission oriented activities in both urban and rural settings KAC members also hope for the expanded recognition of Anabaptism throughout the Korean church inclusion of Korean Anabaptist Mennonite stories in Korean church history books growing understandings of peace issues within conflict resolution and reunification processes and appreciation for Anabaptist values of restorative justice an ethic of love discipleship and community 11 Timeline edit 2001 KAC opens in Seoul on November 2nd the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective is published in Korean KAC starts up its website www kac or kr 2002 KAC Library is organized and set up Victim and Offender Mediation Program started at Soongsil University IVEP program established KAC becomes Korean distributor for Herald Press books 2003 Korean volunteer visits Iraq before during and after US invasion Continued peace education workshops and trainings SALT IVEP programs established through MCC Korea Anabaptist Press KAP registered Beginning series of Mennonite scholars and guest teachers visiting each year 2004 AMC Asia Mennonite Conference executive committee gathering in Korea English language institute Connexus is started 2006

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  • Editing Jesus Village Church, South Korea (section) - Anabaptistwiki
    education and the church struggles to discern whether or not a pastor can be ordained without a seminary degree ref Bob Gerber Interview with Lane Miller 21 November 2008 ref Additionally dedication to the church has cost members relationships with their families Since the larger Korean population sees the Anabaptist church as a heretical movement many church members felt pressure from their families not to join the church Family tensions eased to some degree as the JVC grew but strained family relationships remained a reality Similarly South Korea s mandatory service threatened to pose significant issues for many church members Since the JVC was only 12 years old in 2008 most of the children in the church were still not old enough to be eligible for military service Still since there is no conscientious objector program in South Korea the church will have to struggle with an appropriate response ref Ibid ref Finally the JVC has struggled to some degree with issues surrounding identity The beginnings in reaction against broader Korean Christian culture has made them hyper congregational and wary of larger church movements and traditions While the JVC resonates with Anabaptist principles but since they grew out of a

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  • Editing Jesus Village Church, South Korea (section) - Anabaptistwiki
    in or create an account your edits will be attributed to your username along with other benefits Anti spam check Do NOT fill this in Key Individuals in Church Life Summary Please note that all contributions to Anabaptistwiki may be edited altered or removed by other contributors If you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly then do not submit it here You are also promising us that

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  • Editing Jesus Village Church, South Korea (section) - Anabaptistwiki
    with other benefits Anti spam check Do NOT fill this in Electronic Resources Media Anabaptist Teaching Satisfy Spiritual Hunger in South Korea pdf Anabaptist Teachings Satisfy Spiritual Hunger in South Korea and A Note from Sheldon Sawatzky Mennonite Mission Network Mustard Seeds Fall 2003 Summary Please note that all contributions to Anabaptistwiki may be edited altered or removed by other contributors If you do not want your writing to be

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  • Editing Jesus Village Church, South Korea (section) - Anabaptistwiki
    2006 with the JVC Jesus Village Church Documents These documents were obtained from the JVC Archives courtesy of Nam Sang Wook JVC Archivist contact sunham123 hanmail net Church Historical Documents Jesus Village Church Inner Room JVC ministry themes for 2002 A Future Path for JVC Jesus Village Church JVC Chuncheon Korea Personal Letters to the Church Gerber Bob and Fran MCC to JVC 1951 2006 December 2005 Mullet Koop Chris and Laura Wiens Erv and Marian Sawatzky Sheldon http www mennonitemission net Mennonite Mission Network MMN 16 November 2005 Web Resources Dyck Dan and Miller Ryan http www thirdway com peace Page 2063 27Mortal enemies 27 find peace with visits Mortal Enemies Find Peace with Visits Third Way Cafe accessed 22 June 2009 This article describes the efforts of South Korean and Japanese Anabaptist leaders to heal the wounds left from Japan s occupation of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945 Gerber Bob http www mwc cmm org News MWC 060224rls1 html Korea s First Anabaptist Church Turns 10 Mennonite World Conference 24 February 2006 accessed 22 June 2009 This Mennonite World Conference press release describes the tenth anniversary of the JVC http en kac or kr about Korean Anabaptist Center KAC accessed 22 June 2009 This website describes the Korean Anabaptist Center The site outlines KAC s beginnings mission and ministry activities Also on the site are several photo albums that document the center s activities For contact information 2nd Floor 788 8 KeunHwa dong ChunCheon City Korea 200 931 Office Phone 82 33 242 9615 Email kac kac or kr http peace mennolink org articles korealetter html South Korean Church Leaders Urge Prayer for Peace in Korea Peace and Justice Support Network MCUSA 4 March 2003 accessed 22 June 2009 This news release describes South Korean Anabaptist

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  • Editing Jesus Village Church, South Korea (section) - Anabaptistwiki
    account your edits will be attributed to your username along with other benefits Anti spam check Do NOT fill this in Interviews Lane Miller conducted several interviews for an undergraduate research paper on the JVC History 318 Anabaptist History Goshen College Fall 2008 E mail Correspondence Tim Froese 27 November 2008 Froese was the original director of the Korean Anabaptist Center He arrived in Korea in 1998 and worked to lay the groundwork of the center which began in 2001 He continued working there until 2006 Lee Yoon Shik 30 November 2008 and 2 December 2008 Lee was one of the founders of JVC and studied Anabaptism before helping start the church He served as a leader there and has studied at CMU and http www ambs edu Associate Mennonite Biblical Seminary AMBS Personal Bob Gerber 21 November 2008 Gerber served in Korea with MCC from 1957 1960 He later returned with his wife for one year of service 2005 2006 with the JVC Summary Please note that all contributions to Anabaptistwiki may be edited altered or removed by other contributors If you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly then do not submit it here You are

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  • Editing Jesus Village Church, South Korea (section) - Anabaptistwiki
    Sang Wook JVC Archivist contact sunham123 hanmail net Church Historical Documents Jesus Village Church Inner Room JVC ministry themes for 2002 A Future Path for JVC Jesus Village Church JVC Chuncheon Korea Personal Letters to the Church Gerber Bob and Fran MCC to JVC 1951 2006 December 2005 Mullet Koop Chris and Laura Wiens Erv and Marian Sawatzky Sheldon http www mennonitemission net Mennonite Mission Network MMN 16 November 2005

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  • Editing Jesus Village Church, South Korea (section) - Anabaptistwiki
    Visits Third Way Cafe accessed 22 June 2009 This article describes the efforts of South Korean and Japanese Anabaptist leaders to heal the wounds left from Japan s occupation of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945 Gerber Bob http www mwc cmm org News MWC 060224rls1 html Korea s First Anabaptist Church Turns 10 Mennonite World Conference 24 February 2006 accessed 22 June 2009 This Mennonite World Conference press release describes the tenth anniversary of the JVC http en kac or kr about Korean Anabaptist Center KAC accessed 22 June 2009 This website describes the Korean Anabaptist Center The site outlines KAC s beginnings mission and ministry activities Also on the site are several photo albums that document the center s activities For contact information 2nd Floor 788 8 KeunHwa dong ChunCheon City Korea 200 931 Office Phone 82 33 242 9615 Email kac kac or kr http peace mennolink org articles korealetter html South Korean Church Leaders Urge Prayer for Peace in Korea Peace and Justice Support Network MCUSA 4 March 2003 accessed 22 June 2009 This news release describes South Korean Anabaptist leaders request for support and prayer in light of tensions between North and South Korea in 2003 Wiens Ervin Crossing the Stream to Follow Christ Mennonite Brethren Herald 42 no 17 26 December 2003 http www mbherald com 42 17 captivated en html accessed 22 June 2009 In this article Erwin Wiens a Mennonite missionary in South Korea describes a baptism at the JVC World of Witness South Korea Mennonite Church Canada http www mennonitechurch ca programs witness wow countries skorea accessed 22 June 2009 World of Witness describes MCCanada s mission work in South Korea The site includes links to partner websites and different news stories about the KAC and the JVC There are

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