Jesus and the Cross: Rejection and Resurrection

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crossThis is Holy Week.  Here is my latest piece for The Huffington Post.

I hate to be rejected. Don’t you?

No one likes rejection. Yet, we experience rejection and its pain from an early age. Children feel hurt when, on the playground or in other settings, they are not allowed to play a game with the rest of the kids. Childhood rejection may even be self-inflicted, when we resent the fact that we are afraid to climb up to the top of the Jungle Gym. Continue reading

Contemplations from the Heart: Endorsement and Review by Jann Aldredge-Clanto

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RESOURCE_TemplateHere is a wonderful endorsement and review of my new book, Contemplations from the Heart by Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanto.  It was originally posted on her site April 11, 2014 and I am reposting it here with her permission.  Below is her post.

Contemplations from the Heart: Reflections on Family, Community, and the Divine,” by Grace Ji-Sun Kim

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Palm Sunday Ponderings: Jesus and Those in Need

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palmHere is my latest for The Huffington Post called, “Palm Sunday Ponderings“.  

 

This week we observe Palm Sunday. We remember when Jesus entered Jerusalem and the crowd cheered. They yearned for a powerful figure who would overthrow the Roman government and create a new kin-dom of God for the Israelites who had been subjected to one empire or another for the better part of 600 years. As he rode into Jerusalem, the crowd greeted Jesus as the one who would fulfill their desires. It was a moment of triumph. Continue reading

Contemplations from the Heart: My New Book

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RESOURCE_TemplateJust learned that my 5th book, Contemplations from the Heart: Spiritual Reflections on Family, Community and the Divine is now available for purchase on the Wipf and Stock website.  It will be available as an ebook on Amazon.com very soon.  I am thankful to Dr. Don McKim for his generous Foreword to my book. I am also thankful to many friends who supported me along the way (please read my Acknowledgements).  I also want to thank Mark Koenig, Kee Won Huh, David Hershey, Katie Mulligan and to my research assistant Bruce Marold who have read over my manuscript and offered helpful suggestions.  My heart is full of thanks and gratitude. Continue reading

Mihee Kim-Kort: Streams Run Uphill

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We need more Asian American writers, especially Asian American women writers.  i am happy to announce that Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort has just published her second book, Streams Run Uphill.  I had the privilege of writing the Foreword to her first book, Making Paper Cranes.  Congratulations Rev. Kim-Kort on your second book.

la vida es la lucha

Coined by our mujerista theologians it literally means, “life is struggle,” or even more simply “to live is to struggle.” Conversely, the flip is true, too Continue reading

Do you Speak English? Racial Discrimination and Being the Other

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fsrThis is my latest post for Feminist Studies in Religion, “Do you Speak English? Racial Discrimination and Being the Other”.  I would love to hear your comments or feedback.

I speak fluent English, conversational Korean and textbook French. I am proud to be trilingual and I always encourage my children to speak Korean with me. They never do. I do my best to speak to them in Korean, unless I am disciplining them. Then, only English comes out of my mouth. Continue reading

Military Drills and the Harmful Cycle of Fear: HuffPost

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kenneth_bae_ap_imgThis is my latest post for Huffington Post co-written with Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., regarding Kenneth Bae. Our first co-written piece was for The Nation. Please keep Kenneth Bae in your prayers.

 

The annual South Korea-U.S. military drills began again on Feb 24, 2014 and will last until April 18th. The DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) opposes these annual drills which began in 1976. They see them as military threats. The U.S. and South Korea engage in these drills as defense exercises in case of a North Korean invasion. As a result, North Korea shoots their missiles into the water to show that they are not afraid of South Korea or the U.S.

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Theodore A. Lee: Liberty High School VEX Robotics Team

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photoMy son is the co-founder and co-captain of the Robotics Club at Liberty High School.  They entered the VEX Robotics Competition held in Pittsburgh, March 18, 2014 and came in FIRST PLACE.  So proud of him!

Last week, the Liberty High School Robotics Team traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a VEX Robotics Competition at Ambridge High School. We took three days off of school, and these three days proved worthy when we became “Tournament Champions!” We came back home with two trophies, impressing family members and the community. I had no idea that our team would grow and become this successful at its inception. It simply started as an idea.

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The Invisibility of Asian Americans: the Feminist Wire

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Kenneth Bae source: http://freekennow.com

There is too much racism within our society.  Here is my latest for the Feminist Wire.  So thankful to everyone at the Feminist Wire but especially to Tamura A. Lomax and Aishah Shahidah Simmons.

As we reflect on racism….let us continue to pray for Kenneth Bae and his family.

Where is the public face of Asian Americans in our society? As we follow the case of Kenneth Bae, the only Asian American faces we see on the television news are those of Kenneth Bae and his family. Relatively few Asian American analysts, commentators or advocates (with the exceptions of Connie Chung, Julie Chen, Ann Curry, Sanjay Gupta, and Kaity Tong) appear on the news media.

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