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Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Grace Ji-Sun Kim is Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University. Grace Ji-Sun Kim obtained her M.Div. from Knox College and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

She is the author of 7 books, Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love (forthcoming) Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style”: A Racial, Sexual, and Cultural Critique co-written with Joseph Cheah, Contemplations from the Heart, Reimagining with Christian Doctrines co-edited with Jenny Daggers, Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit, The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology & The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology.

Presently, she is co-editing a book, Christian Doctrines for Global Gender Justice (Palgrave 2015) with Jenny Daggers.

She is a co-editor with Joseph Cheah for the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series, “Asian Christianity in Diaspora”.

Kim is serving on the American Academy of Religion’s (AAR) “Research Grants Jury Committee.” She is also a co-chair of AAR’s steering committee, “Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching and Activism Group.” She is a steering committee member of AAR’s “Comparative Theology Group” and “Religion and Migration Group.”

Grace Ji-Sun Kim is an ordained minister of word and sacrament within the PC (USA) denomination. More of her writings can be found at Follow @Gracejisunkim

Entries by Grace Ji-Sun Kim

'I Can't Breathe': Eric Garner's Last Words Symbolize Our Predicament

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 6:20 PM

When Eric Garner was held in a chokehold on Staten Island on July 17, 2014, by New York City police officer Daniel Panteleo, he yelled 11 times, "I can't breathe." The medical examiner's office ruled Garner's death a homicide caused by "compression of the neck (chokehold), compression of...

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Care for the Whole Creation: The World Council of Churches at COP20 in Lima

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 1:05 PM

It felt like the world had descended upon Lima, Peru. Political leaders, scientists, activists, NGOs, world leaders and religious leaders gathered at the COP20 (20th annual Conference of the Parties, sponsored by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)) in Lima to discuss climate change and sustainability.

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Advent Hope: The Joy of Meeting Kenneth Bae

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 6:29 PM

In the life of the church, Advent is a season of waiting -- waiting to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Advent is also a season of hope as the church lives in the hope that Jesus brings. Throughout our lives, we experience seasons of waiting of differing time periods and...

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Work for Climate Justice: United Nations 20th Conference of Parties in Lima, Peru

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 12:37 PM

The environment may be the last frontier in which we need to fight for social justice. Hazardous waste that enters the air and our waters causes enormous damage and harmful changes that can become permanent. If we understand our actions will impact our lives and affect the generations to come,...

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Making Asian American Women Visible: The Joy Luck Club

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Coauthored by Theodore Andrew Lee

Asian Americans often feel invisible within the dominant white culture in the United States. Few American television programs, movies and commercial Internet sites focus on Asian Americans. Part of this invisibility of Asian Americans is due to the myth of the "

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Taylor Swift's Breakups: What Can We Learn

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:33 PM

As a mom of two teenagers and a preteen, I often turn to my children in an effort to understand popular culture. I keep asking them why kids love Taylor Swift so much. Their response is they don't know.

That is exactly how I feel. I really don't get why...

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Freedom for Kenneth Bae! His Family's Enduring Faith

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 3:07 PM

We met Terri Chung, sister of Kenneth Bae, and her mother Mrs. May Bae in January 2014 in New York City to discuss how we might help in the efforts to gain the release of Kenneth Bae who had been held in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea since November...

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Mascotism and the Redskins

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 2:23 PM

Our past haunts us.

The history of the United States has some ugly events that many in the dominant culture would rather forget. We would rather sweep away some of the genocidal events that occurred on this soil as if they never happened. If we do not forget, we...

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Living in Hope: Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:25 PM

On October 21, 2014, Jeffrey Fowle, an American, was released from a North Korean prison where he was held for leaving a Bible at a club for foreign sailors. In an interview earlier this year he said that his "charges are violations of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)...

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Ebola and Thomas Eric Duncan: Compassion for All

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 2:16 PM

When Thomas Eric Duncan, a visitor from Liberia, became ill in Dallas on September 24, he went, as many people do, to the local hospital emergency room. However, serious questions must be raised about what happened when he did.

Duncan entered the hospital with perspiration, vomiting, a fever of...

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Ebola Outbreak and Outcry: Saving Thomas Eric Duncan

(95) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Ebola! The news media has focused attention on an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the past month. According to the CDC, ebola causes the disease with "symptoms ranging from fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F), severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach) pain and unexplained...

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Investing in Our Children's Future: Divestment, Sustainability and Climate Justice

(12) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Having three children usually means that I take one of them to conferences or meetings with me. My children are now getting used to "tagging along". I started taking my oldest to religion conferences when he was three months old. Because our home in the Lehigh Valley is located close...

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Mountaintop Experience and a Prophetic Call for Climate Change

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 12:17 PM

The joy and excitement of being part of the Religions for the Earth and World Council of Churches (WCC) and Religions for Peace's Interfaith Summit on Climate Change, the People's Climate March and other climate change meetings was amazing for me and beyond the expectations of...

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Climate Justice: World Council of Church's Interfaith Summit on Climate Change

(4) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 6:29 PM

I am in New York this week to help in the preparations of the World Council of Church's (WCC) Interfaith Summit of Climate Change. Having breakfast in a hotel before a meeting is always a rush. This morning, some of the European WCC staff members kept asking me if the...

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For the Good of Our Shared Earth: The World Council of Churches and 'Religions for the Earth'

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 3:27 PM

They pick up our garbage on Mondays.

I run for exercise, early in the morning, every day, through my neighborhood. On Mondays, I cringe as I run and pass by each house and see the amount of garbage. It is an enormous volume of waste. Not just refuse such as...

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Women of Color in Ministry: Ending Discrimination

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 7:22 PM

At last, the lens of fairness and justice are about to be nationally focused on the discrimination, prejudice, and sexism suffered by women of color in ministry. Women of color are entering every phase of ministry in large numbers. Yet, they are still being met with closed doors and glass...

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Psy's "Hangover:" Challenging Asian American and African American Relations

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 2:29 PM

Psy's "Gangnam Style" took the world by storm two years ago. His song broke the Guinness World Record to become the first video to reach a billion views. Soon his song and dance style became a global phenomenon. People viewed his videos, parodied his act, and imitated his...

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Theological Reflections on "Gangnam Style"

(4) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:02 PM

This post is co-authored by Dr. Joseph Cheah.

Psy's "Gangnam Style" made history again on Friday, May 31, 2014, when it garnered over 2 billion views on YouTube. Since it was originally uploaded on YouTube on July 15, 2012, it has taken 159 days for...

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Social Justice for Us Today: Sojourners' Summit

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 9:57 PM

Sojourners, a national Christian organization, is celebrating more than 40 years of faith in action for social justice. It has become an important movement within Christianity as it continues to "inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church and the world." Recently, Sojourners has...

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Shaping the Church: Thinking, Reimagining and Envisioning

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 5:52 PM

On average, church attendance is dropping in the majority of the congregations in many denominations. Some denominations, such as the Pentecostals are gaining ground, and some congregations are healthier than others within denominations. But the overall trend is that the older members are dying off and they are...

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