By Rev. Ken Sunoo “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:19 University Presbyterian Church has a wonderful ministry with the many international students and scholars who come to Seattle each year. This ministry has profound ripple effects around the world, as individuals become believers at UPC and then, when they return to their home countries, they end up in positions of influence. In February, Stephanie Lam (UPC Executive Assistant) and I (Rev. Ken Sunoo) visited five of our returnees in Seoul, Korea: Juhee Jeong, Catherine Joo, Lily Moon, and Youngwook & Heather Park. We hosted them for a reunion dinner, and they shared with us how they were impacted by their time at UPC.
An Article by Richard Stearns This week Iraqi forces and their allies are fighting to take back the city of Mosul from ISIL, who have held it since 2014. It’s happening in an area of biblical significance: Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city of some 1.5 million people is in modern-day Nineveh. We remember Nineveh from one of the most popular stories of the Old Testament in which the prophet Jonah reacted badly to a command from God. He had been tapped to go to Nineveh, the prosperous and powerful center of the Assyrian empire. The people there had become so wicked that God wanted to destroy them unless Jonah could preach some sense into them. But Jonah had his own view of the Ninevites, that they weren’t worthy of God’s compassion. Instead of obeying God, he ran away.
This past Sunday, Laurie Brenner had an opportunity to continue the conversation with Soong-Chan Rah on the different kinds of lament and some stories on what it looks like to engage in lament as a community. How do we walk together through suffering, loss, and tragedy? How do we sit with the pain and loss of Good Friday without jumping right to the joy of Easter Sunday? What purpose does lament have in our lives? Listen in for more.
Ken Kierstead sat down with Rodger Nishioka after he preached on Sunday, July 3, and discussed what it means to be identified as both a child of God and an American. How do we engage in our American citizenship in light of our greater citizenship in the Kingdom of God? Listen in.