I am so honored and excited to speak, preach and teach at Rev. Andy Kort‘s church, First Presbyterian Church Bloomington, Ind. I will give a Book Talk on Saturday, September 10, on Embracing the Other at 6:00 PM. All are welcome and books will be available for purchase.
On Sunday, September 11th I will teach an Adult Education Class in Room 7 at 10:00 AM.
I will preach at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Hope to see some of you there.
We live in a time of great racial strife and global conflict. How do we work toward healing, reconciliation, and justice among all people, regardless of race or gender? In Embracing the Other Grace Ji-Sun Kim argues that it is possible only through God’s Spirit.
Working from a feminist Asian perspective, Kim develops a new constructive global pneumatology that works toward gender and racial-ethnic justice. Drawing on the concept of spirit breath in Asian and indigenous cultures, she reimagines the divine as “Spirit God” who is restoring shalom in the world. This “Spirit God” concept, Kim says, provides a holistic understanding of both God and humans that extends beyond skin color, culture, religion, or power within society. Through the power of Spirit God our brokenness is healed and we can truly love and embrace the Other.
Rev. Andy Kort:
Two ministers married to each other may make some say, “Yikes!” but dynamic clerical duo, Andy and Mihee, reveal the gift of being yoked to each other and God. This book challenges implicitly the common notion that a clergy couple is a crisis in the making. Rather, they show that it is a courageous undertaking that will only thrive by God’s grace. In antiphonal narrative form, we learn about this grace through honest and transparent stories about the highs and lows that make up life, love, and ministry. Some say ‘the devil is in the details.’ These two show that God is at work in the details, too! This is a necessary read for anyone who yearns for the truth about marriage, family, and ministry. (Rev. Luke A. Powery, dean of the chapel, Duke University)
Sharing from the heart, Andy and Mihee honestly and openly reflect in Yoked, on what it means to engage in ministry, raise a family, and live life together. Their deeply personal stories and reflections invite us to contemplate on God and God’s call for our lives. This book is informative, delightful, and instructive as their stories nurture our spirits and nourish our hearts to provide joy, meaning, and hope. (Rev. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Georgetown University; author, “Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit”)
It is hard work being a clergy couple. Of course, as Andrew Kort and Mihee Kim-Kort show, it is also hard work being called to be a disciple and being called to be married. The near total dearth of resources on how to be a clergy couple has been aptly filled. We recommend this book whole-heartedly. (Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee, Duke Divinity School and Rev. Jaylynn Byassee)
Frederick Buchner said, “Listen to your life,” and Andrew Kort and Mihee Kim-Kort have done just that. The fruit of their listening is a wise book on the joys and challenges of being a clergy couple. As a member of a clergy couple myself, I learned from their stories, and I look forward to recommending Yoked to others starting out on this wonderful shared journey. (L. Roger Owens, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)
More than a survival guide, Yoked is a joyful, honest look at the highs and lows of life together as a ministry couple. It is a helpful manual for Christians seeking to deepen the bonds of their marriage while committing their lives to the inviting and demanding work of ministry.
Yoked immediately becomes the best resource we have for couples seeking to practice faithful ministry together. It is mandatory reading for anyone serious about being a disciple in both ministry and marriage. (Adam Hollowell, Duke University Chapel)
Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort:
I have also endorsed and wrote a Foreword to Rev. Kim-Kort’s book, Making Paper Cranes. Please get a copy for yourself and for your libraries.
Kim-Kort’s book adds richness to the existing canon of Asian American writing. Many can personally identify with experiences of sexism, racism, prejudice and subordination she confronts here. She provides valuable insight into the particular experience of women even as they become the stories of all humanity.
-Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Associate Professor
This is a splendid contribution to the heterogeneous and polyphonic orchestra of American liberation theologies. From an inclusive perspective that uses various ethnic, national, and feminist contextual theologies, Mihee Kim-Kort designs the horizons of an emerging Asian American feminist theology.
-Luis Rivera-Pagan, Professor Emeritus of Ecumenics
Weaving personal narrative, social history, and theological discipline, Kim-Kort creates a rich tapestry that tells an important story. She brings color, texture, and spirit to an endeavor that is rigorous in its exploration and lively in its telling.
-Erica Liu, Pastor of Pres House