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Asian Centre Celebrates with Song

On Sunday October 14, 2012, the Centre for Asian Canadian Theology and Ministry hosted its 8th Music Celebration of Thanksgiving.  This great music event was established in 1999 as a way to bring the many Asian churches together through music and fellowship.  Held every other year, it has evolved into a wonderful time of ecumenical worship celebrating the uplifting music of a variety of choral groups.  We hope to encourage an awareness of the great value and joy it brings to gather together in such harmony.

Knox Students perform at the Thanksgiving Service on October 14th

Knox Students perform at the Thanksgiving Service on October 14th

The host for this year’s event was Rev. InKee Kim, Chair of the Council for the Asian Centre and Senior Pastor of St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church.  With his inviting remarks, Rev. Kim enabled the event to flow with ease and enjoyment.  This year, there were 10 music groups joining together for an amazing demonstration of choral skill, dexterity and multiple levels of complexity.  Each group ranged from 20 -65 members and thrilled those present with a wide variety of musical genres sung in a number of languages which added to the aura of heightened mystique and wonderment.

Organizers were delighted to welcome the Voices of Paradise choir from the St. George and St. Rueiss Coptic Orthodox Church. They inspired us with their liturgical music sung in the Coptic language.  The York University Gospel Choir with its 60 plus university student membership, kept us energized in our seats with their lively gospel music and created a great sense of community through musical participation.

The event was further enriched by the other choirs who continue to support the Asian Centre throughout their many years of participation. They presented music from the Chinese, Armenian, Formosan, Taiwanese and Mandarin communities and helped everyone to further appreciate the richness of music from other churches.  Asian students from Knox College led us back to our foundations with their interpretation of “Great is Thy Faithfulness” while the young children from the Toronto Korean Presbyterian Church delighted guests with their beautiful fan dance!   The music celebration closed with a benediction delivered in English, Mandarin and Korean.

As indicative of the many activities hosted by the Asian Centre, it was another wonderful time of fellowship and learning together and we look forward to the next event in 2014!

-Dr. Stephanie Ling

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Knox College mourns the death of former professor The Rev. Dr. Calvin Pater
The Rev. Dr. Calvin Pater

It is easy to believe that a man with the name of Calvin Augustine Pater was born to be a church historian. Calvin Pater grew up in Holland and was raised in a committed Calvinist home. The family emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1956, and, as a member of the Christian Reformed Church in pursuit of higher education, he went naturally to Calvin College, Grand Rapids, from which he graduated with an A.B degree in 1962. There followed one year at Wesminster Theological College, Philadelphia, and two more years at Union, New York, to complete his Master of Divinity. His Th.M. was gained at Harvard Divinity College in 1968, and his Ph.D. also at Harvard, in 1977. The doctoral studies concentrated in the Reformation area, with his thesis centering on the left wing of the Reformation.

Dr. Pater taught at Tamkang College, Taipei, Taiwan, as an instructor in English; as a Teaching Fellow of Roman Catholic Studies at Harvard Divinity School and as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. He was Chair of Church History at Knox College from 1978 until his retirement in 2005.

Impressive though his academic record was, his primary professional experience was as a preacher and pastor. He worked with students at West End Presbyterian Church in New York, developing a programme for teenagers from the black and Puerto Rican ghetto; and with students from Columbia University for the Broadway Presbyterian Church. From 1967 to 1978 he was minister to Pacific Union Congregational Church, Westport Massachusetts. A minister of the United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A, on his appointment to Knox College he became minister of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

Dr. Pater married Kathryn Ariss, a minister of the United Church of Canada. They have one daughter Rebekah, and two sons, James and Timothy.

Visitation is on Monday October 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ward’s Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road, Toronto. Funeral to be held at North Runnymede United Church on Tuesday, October 23 at 11 a.m.

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