Opening Worship at World Council of Churches

From Dr. Mark L. Taylor, posting live from South Korea:

“Just experienced opening worship at the World Council of Churches General Assembly in Busan, South Korea.  Early warning, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry folk, I’ll be bringing lots of resources back with me.

Highlights of opening worship:

  • Hearing the Emmaus road story from Luke 24 chanted in Aramaic, the language of Jesus.
  • Meeting a new friend, Kim Okkee, pastor of a Korean PC(USA) congregation in Houston, TX.
  • Homily by the Armenian Patriarch H.H. Karekin II. Based in a deeply personal relationship with Jesus Christ and resistant to many of the socially inclusive values we hold around STM. Makes we wonder how we find language to speak of our social justice work and advocacy as love of Jesus?”

~ Dr. Mark Lloyd Taylor

Faculty Reflections World Council of Churches 2013