I spent one wonderful week in Minneapolis and St. Paul’s Minnesota in July 2013. What a great week of seeing old friends and meeting many new friends. I found some time to visit the Art Gallery, the Zoo, Minnehaha falls…..and also gave 2 lectures. It was a fabulous week.
I gave a talk “Han and the Transformative Spirit” at Bethel University, Minneapolis, MN. July 16, 2013. The talk was organized by Dr. Carrie Peffley and was attended by faculty and students.
I also gave a book talk, “Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit” at Luther Seminary, July 17, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the OCC Seminar Room. The talk is organized by Dr. Mary Hess and the “Race, Church and Change” committee.
My book is about colonialism, globalization, and consumerism have devastated large parts of our world. For the past several centuries, the West has nurtured self-worth through the accumulation of worldly goods, serving our own selfish interests and exploiting others. This has been disastrous not only to human beings but to the whole ecology of the planet. Consumerism drives trade, but consumer buying is now like an unchained beast with tooth and claw causing han (unjust suffering) for exploited peoples as well as for other species and even for planet earth.
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This book examines ways of rethinking and reimagining ourselves, helping us to work in more just directions for a safer and sustainable planet. Empowering ourselves to act more justly includes reimagining and renewing our inspiration from God, who is the transformative Spirit who gives, sustains, and empowers life to all.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim is Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University. She is the author of Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit (Palgrave Pivot), The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology (Pilgrim Press).