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1 Feb, 2017 — This week artist Henna Kim donated to Knox College “Yet I sing a new song,” a set of six pieces of mixed media artwork on Korean paper. The pieces are currently displayed in the students’ Common Lounge at Knox.
Henna Kim received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Korea University and a Master of Religious Education degree from Knox College (2008). She then returned to Knox College in 2014 to begin a Master of Divinity degree.
She said, “Just as a mother decorates her own house with beautiful collections and flowers for family members and visitors to enjoy, I wanted to make my beloved school beautiful a more welcoming place for all community members and visitors. Sharing my artwork at Knox is a pure pleasure and a great honour for me as a student, an artist, and a Christian. I hope my painting provides opportunity for people in the lounge to think of God more deeply in their own spiritual journeys.”
The plaque Henna has provided with the artwork includes the text: “It is a beautiful day, to sing a new song, a song of praise to our God. With a clean heart and a right spirit, that He keeps creating within me. He puts a new song in my soul every day, so I sing, I sing a new song, here, now, and forever.”
She explained that in title of the artwork, “Yet I sing a new song,” the word “yet” refers to praising God in the midst our sufferings, large and small. “God is so faithful and sincere that He puts a new song in our mind, soul, spirit, and mouth. So we can sing a new song every day, not an old song, but a new song,” she said. “The plaque text is a paraphrase from Psalms, especially from David’s confessions, which have become my confessions as well – and I believe the confessions of all Christians.”
Henna and her husband, Hyung Jun Ahn (also a Knox College graduate), serve at Vaughan (Ont.) Community Church. Learn more about Henna and her artwork at www.hennakimART.com.
CENTRE FOR ASIAN-CANADIAN THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY SEEKS HALF-TIME DIRECTOR
The Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry is searching for a passionate, energetic, engaging, and visionary half time director who will lead the Centre with a focus on 2nd generation ministry in Asian Canadian churches. If you envision yourself in this leadership capacity, please submit your application (please note that this is a 3-year contract position).
- 1.5 or 2nd generation Asian Canadian
- holds a degree in theology such as a MDiv, MRE, DMin
- minimum 3 yrs. experience in 2nd generation Asian Canadian ministry
- excellent skills in administration, fundraising and public relations
- ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff in a theological education setting,
The primary responsibility is to administer all facets of the work of the Centre, to fundraise for the Centre in cooperation with the Development office of Knox College, and to work with faculty of Knox College in setting out a research plan focused on the second generation
- in consultation with the Principal of the College, plan, co-ordinate and oversee the Centre’s activities, events and programs with help from appropriate committees such as the Asian Canadian Youth program
- plan various Council and committee meetings
- work with the chair of the Council and committee heads.
- liaison with Knox College in welcoming exchange students and visiting scholars from Asia.
- with the Principal of the College, work to develop networking relationships with Asian-Canadian Churches and other Asian theological schools
- Other duties as required
- propose research topics for Asian Canadian Churches with a focus on current and future ministry for and with 2nd generation and to consult with Knox College, as needed
- recruit researchers from Knox College, the Asian Canadian Churches and Universities.
- apply for grants and other funding for research projects.
- plan and adminstrate fundraising events for the Centre with DPSP committee in consultation with the Development office of the College
- write letters for donations to the Asian Canadian churches regularly
- visit the Han-Ca Presbyteries and other Asian Church Presbyteries in order to introduce and promote the Centre’s activities, build relationships and to seek financial support.
Application Process — please submit:
- letter of interest including your vision for Asian Canadian 2nd generation ministry
- current resume
- two professional letters of reference with one from a ministry organization to:
Rev. Soojin Chung, Chair of the Council,
by email: email@example.com
by mail: Knox College,
59 St. George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 2E6
Attn: Rev. Soojin Chung
Chair, Asian Centre