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New leadership program for Korean immigrant women



Decatur, GA. Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning and The National Korean Presbyterian Women (NKPW) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will offer a leadership education certificate program for Korean immigrant women beginning in the fall of 2011. 

The program includes two series of three classes each, one in the fall of 2011 and the other in the spring of 2012. First-generation Korean immigrant women who would like to grow in their capacity as leaders in the church are encouraged to attend. All classes will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 p.m. on Saturday. Course leadership includes seminary faculty, denominational staff, and other clergy and lay people. Those who complete both series will receive a certificate of completion from Columbia Theological Seminary.

According to Unzu Lee, the Presbyterian Women program associate for leadership at the denomination’s Louisville office, “While the Korean church is beginning to acknowledge women’s leadership, Korean women often find themselves in leadership roles without much training. This is new territory for the Korean church to explore.”
“The program is designed with the needs of the church and these women in mind,” noted Sarah Erickson, director of lifelong learning at the seminary. “Dr. Lee has worked closely with the board members of the NKPW, Dr. Paul Huh of the seminary’s Korean American Ministry program, and others to secure top-notch leadership for this program.”

Jihyun Oh, media specialist consultant for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and a chaplain at Grady Memorial Hospital, is program coordinator.

More information about the certificate program, including registration and on-campus housing, is available online: English version OR Korean version.

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. More information about Columbia:

Michael Thompson
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