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Anglican Church of Korea marks 125th anniversary

The Anglican Church of Korea (ACK) focused on the topic of reconciliation as it marked 125 years of Anglican mission in the country yesterday at Seoul Cathedral.
With the theme “Reconciliation of Nature, Human and God – Lord, send me!” drawn from Isaiah 6,8, the ACK hoped the anniversary celebrations would be an encouragement for Anglican missionary work in Korea and beyond.
The Church will be looking forward towards the 150th anniversary of mission in Korea with a “Declaration of Vision”, as well as commemorating milestones in its history.
The year 2015 is a significant one in which to declare a new vision, the ACK notes, coming 100 years after the ordination of the first Anglican Korean priest, the Revd Hee Jun Mark Kim, and 50 years after the ordination of the first Korean bishop, the Rt Revd Chun Hwan Paul Lee, both defining moments for the church.
Further milestones this year include the 90th anniversary of the religious community the Society of Holy Cross and the Mother’s Union of Korea, the 50th anniversary of the Dioceses of Seoul and Daejeon, and the Girls Friendly Society in Korea, and the 40th anniversary of the Diocese of Busan.
The ACK became a Province of the Anglican Communion in 1993. There are four religious communities in the country and an Anglican university.

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