| 이성은 회장의 4년 임기를 마치며
희망을 가지고 성탄절을 맞이합시다!
Let's Celebrate Christmas with hope!
Dear Korean United Methodist women members all over the country,
Despite the difficulties of COVID-19, I thank you all for completing our KUMw missions that the Lord has entrusted us with in 2021. And I pray for God's love, peace and protection to be upon all the families of NNKUMw. Although the NNKUMw was not able to hold in-person national leadership training nor visit our overseas mission fields in 2021, God had allowed us to wisely handle mission work through local network conferences, thanks to our members’ love, dedication, hope, and faith in action.
For the past four years serving as the President of NNKUMw, I was entrusted with a huge responsibility on my shoulders, and UMW ministries hold a valuable history in our family for generations. My husband’s maternal great-grandmother, Seji Kim, was baptized and was christened with the name ‘Sadie’ by Rev. W.A. Noble, an American Methodist missionary in Pyongyang in 1896. In 1899, she became a UMW Bible woman, conducted over 2,000 pastoral visits, and visited funeral houses twice every month, cleaning the corpses herself and leading the funeral service. In 1903, she founded Korea's first UMW, the Ladies Aid Society, putting all her hard work and dedication as the chairwoman in evangelism, missions, and skill development and relief work. She also organized the Widows Relief Association in 1916 to provide for the widows in the church and was dedicated in supporting them to achieve independence. In 1919, she founded the Korean Patriotic Women's Association, raised funds to support the independence forces as the association’s head of finance and sent the funds to the Provisional Government in Shanghai. She was arrested by the Japanese police and was released after being tortured. In 1923, she established a church outside the Chilseong Gate in Pyongyang, and in 1925, retired from her Bible woman position.
Despite all the unfortunate events of being widowed at the age of 18 and getting remarried at 23—upon receiving the gospel, she overcame her struggles and pioneered her fate with new hope. She kept her faith despite her unbelieving husband’s persecutions, and eventually brought her husband and family to the Lord. Through the gospel she gained freedom and liberation, dedicated her entire life to skills development and relief work, and gave her best to assisting independence and social transformation. In a difficult situation in which the nation was in captivity, she completed the UMW missions in Korea and bravely fought against the injustices of poverty, ignorance, and discrimination against women. My husband, who knows about this history, has always encouraged me to remember Grandmother Seji Kim and do my best whenever I was struggling with NNKUMw ministries.
I was able to finish my four-year term as president of NNKUMw with God’s guidance, as well as my husband and childrens’ support, the prayers and cooperation from all our NNKUMw executives, members, and members of the N. Georgia Conference KUMw Network. I express my heartfelt thanks to everyone. I will be there for NNKUMw with all my heart and prayer, and will help out with the best that I can. And I will participate in KUMw missions until the very end of my life.
I wish you and your families a joyful Christmas.
(Written by Grace Pyen, President of NNKUMw, KCAUMC)
| 총무의 사역보고
“2021년 한인여선교회 전국연합회 선교 보고”
2021 NNKUMw Mission Report
Greetings in the name of our Lord, who came to this world as a gift of love, peace, and salvation.
The world has been in a difficult situation over the past two years due to the ongoing pandemic, but this year, with vaccine development our daily life has regained its normal status under the theme “With Corona.” However, a variant called "Omicron" has been rapidly spreading around the world again, along with the environmental issue of climate change due to carbon is also threatening mankind’s survival. Also, the remarkable advancement of science is leading us to a new future. This change also threw a big challenge to KUMw. So, from 2021, the NNKUMw declared "Environmental Missions" as an important ministry and started the "Creating Green Churches" campaign in nine conference networks. We first held environment seminars on ‘why we must create a green church,’ and consequently, several conference networks acted on specific environmental missions.
The “Creating Green Churches” campaign was to promote, educate, and provide resources to prevent the use of plastic items, avoid making food waste, recycle resources, have Bible studies on environmental issues, support environmental organizations, etc. This campaign just marks the beginning of the project, but it is a very important "environmental ministry" that restores and preserves the very environment created by God, thus we will continue it in 2022.
In addition, we were able to support domestic and overseas missions with the funds that we collected from each conference network. An overview of our domestic missions this year: Tribal children and youth in New Mexico ministry, children and youth ministry at the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, Philadelphia slum ministry, a homeless ministry in New York, and prison document ministry. For overseas missions, we carried out: women's ministry in Central Asia, women's ministry in Russia, women's ministry in Mongolia, as well as poor and youth ministry by supporting vinyl greenhouses in Usodobe Kazakhstan, as well as founding the Koryeo People's Museum.
Moreover, domestically, we held the “Virtual School” (Hakdang) over five zoom seminar sessions on a variety of issues that opened new paths for KUMw members. The Virtual School expanded our members’ perspective on missions through an in-depth education on leadership development and the changes going on in the world. Those who attended all 5 Virtual School(Hakdang)
In 2022, along with newly elected executives of NNKUMw, KUMW will continue to serve with missions for "women, children and youth." Also, we are getting ready with our Virtual School which will be starting next February, to make sure to provide an informative learning experience for our KUMw members on various issues that we need to know for missions.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the members of NNKUMw nationwide for your vigorous participation and passion for missions with the same heart, same passion, and same vision. And to our KUMw members: you are the true domestic missionaries of this era who serve the kingdom of God.
(Written by MyungnRae Kim Lee, Executive Director of NNKUMw)
| 전국연합회 사역보고-동영상
| 북일리노이 연회 한인여선교회연합회
2021년 북일리노이 연회 한인여선교회연합회 사역을 돌아보면서
We are thankful that in spite of the Pandemic, the Northern Illinois Conference KUMw Network was able to sustain itself; we praise the Lord for his blessings and keeping us safe.
Even though we were unable to meet in person, we were able to hold worship services and meetings, via zoom, and support missions in the US and abroad. At the same time, we were able to elect a new president to serve NIC KUMw Network in 2022-2023.
The NIC KUMw Network Dedication Service was held on February 14th via zoom. The Executive Director of National Network of KUMw , Myung Rae Lee participated from New York, presenting the work of Missionary Hee-jin Park of Koryu Women’s Mission in Kazakhstan, Central Asia. The special offering was collected and sent to Missionary Hee-jin Park through NNKUMw.
On UMCOR Sunday, a dedication worship service was held via Zoom. Instead of packing UMCOR Hygiene Kits in person, we invited two missionaries who are former members of the NIC KUMw Network. Missionary Moonsoon Lim presented her work with Golden Key Prison Ministry, Chicago, and Missionary Aeri Kim spoke about her mission work, serving in Volgograd State, Russia. Special offerings were collected and sent to each of the missionaries. Additionally, UMCOR mission donations from NIC KUMw Network churches were sent to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center to be used to make UMCOR Kits.
On July 25, 2021, Mission u was held via zoom. Rev. Young Mi Park, (Hinsdale UMC, IL) led the study with the book “Bearing Witness in the Kin-Dom”, by Darryl W. Stephens. 23 women participated and were reminded of II Corinthian 5:18, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation”.
At the Annual Celebration, on November 7, Rev. Young-sun Kim gave a sermon from Tanzania via zoom, titled “Passing through the wilderness....” with Isa 41:10.
The highlight of the 2021 Annual Celebration was the election of Wansoon Kim, as the new president for 2022-2023. Wansoon Kim, from Salem KUMC (Schaumburg, IL) has been a faithful member of the KUMw, as a member and/or as a president for the last 25 years. Congratulations!!
(Written by JungJa Kim, President of N Illinois Conference KUMw Network, Chicago KUMC)
| 전국과 지역연합회 새 회장 선출
지난 11월 15일 줌으로 실시된 전국연합회 총회와 각 지역 연합회에서 실시된 총회에서 새 회장들이 선출되었다.
1. 전국연합회 회장: 최만금 장로 (2022년-2023년)
2. 북가주연합회 회장: 김정희 권사 (2022년-2023년)
3. 북일리노이연합회: 최완순 권사 (2022년-2023년)
The following presidents were elected as new presidents at the NNKUMw Annual meeting held by Zoom on November 15th and the general meeting held by each regional association.
1. National Network of Korean United Methodist women President: Elder Man-Geum Choi (2022-2023)
2. President of Cal- Nevada Conference KUMw Network: Jeong-hee Kim (2022-2023)
3. President of Northern Illinois Conference KUMw Network: Wan-soon Choi (2022-2023)
환경선교: 왜 탄소 중립을 해야 하는가?
(이 글은 한국의 기독교 연대가 주관한 2021년 환경 주일에서 주제해설을 한 이화여자대학교 송진순 외래 교수의 강연 요약이다)
Environmental Mission: Why Carbon Neutralization?
NNKUMw is currently participating in “Environmental Mission" as one of our major ministries. Hence, let us dig deeper into the carbon issue—in which the entire global community is apparently deeply vested—how it is threatening mankind’s survival.
" What is Carbon Neutral and what are the specific realization plans?
Carbon neutrality literally refers to a state in which the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by human activity is reduced, and the amount of carbon dioxide emitted becomes zero by absorbing or removing the remaining amount. At this time, carbon dioxide is absorbed through forests or removed through "CCUS, Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage," and carbon neutrality is called net-zero in the sense of zero carbon dioxide net emissions. In other words, climate-neutral is a concept that encompasses carbon neutrality and makes emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses that cause climate change zero.
The EU declared the world's first Net Zero through the European Green Deal in December 2019, with China, the largest greenhouse gas emission country, declaring carbon neutrality on September 23 that year, and Japan on September 26. With the U.S. returning to the Paris Agreement shortly after President Joe Biden took office in January, Biden invested $2 trillion in clean energy infrastructure and created 1 million jobs during his four years in power, declaring 100% eco-friendly energy conversion by 2035. As climate change approached disaster beyond crisis, the National Assembly declared the current situation as a "climate crisis emergency" and set policies to "just transition" and "overcome social inequality" in accordance with the principles of greenhouse gas reduction in 2030 and net greenhouse gas emissions in 2050. Globally, more than 70 countries have declared carbon neutrality, and 120 countries are participating in the "carbon zero" international alliance.
Behind the declaration of NetZero by 2050 is the "Special Report on Global Warming 1.5℃" proposed at the 48th Intergovernmental Council on Climate Change under the United Nations (IPCC) held in Songdo, Incheon in 2018. The IPCC reported that in order to limit the global average temperature increase to less than 1.5℃ by 2100, carbon dioxide emissions should be reduced by at least 45% worldwide by 2030 and carbon neutrality should be achieved by 2050. Meanwhile, in the case of the 2℃ target achievement route, carbon dioxide emissions should be reduced by about 25% compared to 2010 by 2030, and carbon-zero should be achieved by 2070. He also did not miss the prospect that an increase in the average temperature of 0.5℃ would come as a formidable threat to mankind. With global warming accelerating and global temperature rise above thresholds, abnormal weather and extinction of animals and plants would inevitably include consequences such as intensified inequality issues and serious security conflicts domestically and overseas, as well as environmental destruction.
There are usually 10 solutions to zero carbon posed to each country: stepwise reduction of coal power generation, investment in improving clean energy and energy efficiency, renovation of buildings, material decarbonization, conversion to eco-friendly cars, increased public transportation, decarbonization of air and cargo shipping, forest restoration, food waste and waste, meat reduction, and vegetarian growth. However, the key to zero carbon should be a fair and just transition that embraces those excluded from unequal structures. In addition, the transition to an ecological civilization based on carbon neutrality should be about reflecting on past acts of de-humanism as well as redefining life. It is also the recovery of the just relationship between God and humans, one human to another, as well as between human and nature."
(This article is a summary of the thematic commentary lecture given by Song Jin-soon, an adjunct professor at Ewha Womans University, at the 2021 Environmental Week organized by the Christian Solidarity in Korea.)
What can I do for carbon zero in 2022? And let us brainstorm on what specific environmental missions that KUMW can do in the upcoming year.
책 소개: "나는 진짜 하나님을 만났을까?"
Book Title: “Have You Met True God?”
This book introduces the process of ‘meeting my true God,’ answering the curious questions that we may pose once as believers in an interesting story format about group counseling.
Throughout a 10-week session of group counseling, the book sheds light on the lives and faith of five people, how their wounds are healed in the process, and how they restore their relationships with God.
In particular, the book describes how one’s attachment with parents hugely affects the person's identity and relationship with God, and how it can distort our image of God or even deteriorate the personal life. As the readers go through these various things covered in group counseling—including distorted thoughts and relationships with parents—and witness the restorations from hurt-self to transformed-self, the book will keep you intrigued and immersed in the question, “How can I meet my true God?”
(Written by Youngsook Ahn, Reading Program Committee Member of NNKUMw, Washington KUMC)
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