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Korean Women Can Earn New Leadership Development Certificate

by Lifelong Learning Staff

Women of Korean descent in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) may enroll in a new leadership development series, offered at Columbia Theological Seminary beginning this fall.

The first half of this NKPW Leadership Education Program” series will be taught in a three-course set: September 9-10, October 14-15, and November 11-12.

The series is part of a new Korean Immigrant Women Leadership Education certificate program . It is a partnership between the CTS Center for Lifelong Learning, CTS Korean American Ministry Program and the National Korean Presbyterian Women.

“Until recently, in Korean immigrant churches, women’s participation has been limited by traditional gender-specific responsibilities,” says Rev.
Unzu Lee, PW Program Associate for Leadership in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville.

“Korean women’s leadership as ordained deacons, elders, or clergy has not been encouraged. Now, as Korean immigrant churches in the Presbyterian Church have begun to break down historic gender barriers, women themselves are voicing a desire to be equipped to exercise their gifts as leaders.”

As a result, the Education Committee of National Korean Presbyterian Women has launched a new initiative for Korean immigrant women’s leadership development, Lee says.

“The aim is to educate and empower women of Korean descent as biblically grounded and socio-culturally aware church leaders, so they can act boldly in faith and become significant contributors in all aspects of the church’s life and ministry, for the sake of the renewal and strengthening of the body of Christ.”

One $100 registration fee per person covers attendance at all three classes in each series.   (After
the first three courses in the fall [Series I], another three courses [Series II] will be offered in Spring 2012.)

To receive a Certificate of Completion from the CTS Center for Lifelong Learning, you must attend
all three classes in both the fall and spring series and complete all course work.

The first course in the Fall series, September 9-10, is a beginning retreat, "Spiritual Practices as a Way of Life," taught by Paul Huh and Heidi Park.

Participants will reflect on their spiritual practices and will learn ways to live out their faith through spiritual practice. Class will begin with dinner at 6pm on Friday and conclude at 5pm on Saturday.

Huh is Assistant Professor of Worship and Director of Korean American Ministries at Columbia Seminary. Park is a PhD student in practical theology– with concentration on Spiritual Care and Pastoral Counseling –  in the The Clinebell Institute of the Claremont School of Theology in California.

The theme of the second class, October 14-15, is “Spirituality of Leadership,” taught by Unzu Lee and Heidi Park. 

Lee is a Presbyterian Women program associate for leadership. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and holds graduate degrees in education and theology and ministry from the University of Southern California., Princeton Theological Seminary, and Episcopal Divinity School. 

The topic of the November 11-12, class is “Women as Spiritual Leaders,” taught by Jihyun Oh and Seung hae Yoo-Hess.

Oh, who holds a master’s degree in divinity from Columbia Seminary, is Staff Chaplain at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Yoo-Hess, a pastoral counselor in the United Methodist Church, is an adjunct professor at Georgia Christian University and a doctoral candidate in theology at Candler School of Theology.

Each course includes opening and closing thematic worship, lecture, small group work, and individual reflection, and may include pre-and post-course reading or other assignments.

The language of instruction will be Korean. Korean translation will be provided for instructors who do not speak Korean.

For details and to register, click here.

You must register separately for housing, which is an additional cost. To register for a guest room,
click here. (Before reserving a guest room, you must first register for the course itself.)

Limited financial assistance is available. For financial assistance information, contact the Center for Lifelong Learning (