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Creating space for God’s plan also: • Convocation 2013 • Construction Highlights • A Congregation’s Gift

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principal’s message

Good news at Knox An academic year begins after a busy summer accessible space. And, just to convey a little of our summer tensions, the required work was completed on time — we needed occupancy approval on August 27th to ensure residents could move in on schedule and the permit arrived at 5:05 p.m. on the 27th! They are now happily thriving as a diverse and caring student community — with beautiful new washroom facilities! One week later the theological community moved back in, including a group of 24 new students, excited and perhaps, in the case of a few, nervous, that they were actually on the point of deepening their call to ministry through their time of preparation at Knox. Some have come to prepare for ordained or lay congregational leadership; others to prepare for a teaching ministry as Christian educators or seminary Dorcas Gordon, Principal faculty. Welcomed by Faculty, staff and returning students, all are now hat a marvellous fall it busy meeting deadlines for papers and has been in southern engaging in lively debate over coffee Ontario — the warmth or at the community suppers as well of exceptionally sunny days and the as sharing in worship leadership at our spectacular beauty of the fall colours. weekly chapel services. It seems as if nature is mirroring As I write this I anticipate the fall the expectancy and vibrancy of our meeting of the Board of Governors, a time to welcome new Board members community at Knox. At the end of August the new and and to celebrate another year of fiscal returning students moved back into health as well as time to engage in the Knox residence. Not unusual in lively discussion and debate as we itself except that move-in followed 20 move forward the strategic vision of the intensive weeks of construction that saw College. High on the agenda is a report our centenarian facility’s water system on planning for the ongoing renewal be rebuilt from the sewers up — new of the Knox building, planning for public and residence washrooms, new academic programs, a major gifts basement spaces reclaimed from years fund-raising initiative, and not least, of water issues and the construction of planning for a grand celebration of the a lift that now makes our Chapel an 100th birthday of the Knox building

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(2015) and the 170th anniversary of the founding of Knox College (2014).

“we at Knox are more and more excited to be living into the future that God has planned for this College” Many will tell you that it is a turbulent time to be in higher education in Canada and in particular, in theological education. But as each year comes and goes, we at Knox are more and more excited to be living into the future that God has planned for this College, convinced that through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit we are part of a community intent on shaping and impacting the future of the church. Please keep the Knox community and our work in your prayers. We are grateful for them and for your ongoing stewardship. With your support and encouragement we know we will continue to do great things and make a difference in our world. In Christian friendship, Dorcas

Look for the Korean and Chinese translations of the Principal’s Message on page 17.

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Construction Highlights Building renewal keeps Knox bustling over the summer

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Creating space for God’s plan

Adventures in Global Nursing Former Resident Laura Muraca leaves Knox to make her mark

also: • Convocation 2013 • Construction Highlights • A Congregation’s Gift

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Convocation Highlights 29 students graduate from Knox’s degree programs in May

Students and residents celebrate the return to Knox — Photo by David Charles Media

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ConneXions is published twice per year for graduates and friends of Knox College and knoxfra (Knox Former Residents Association). We welcome news of grads, friends and former residents and your comments and suggestions. For address changes, please include the mailing portion of ConneXions with your correspondence. Please send comments and change of address to: The Development Office Knox College 59 St. George Street Toronto, ON M5S 2E6 Tel: 416.978.4500 Fax: 416.971.2133 Email: knox.college@utoronto.ca Visit Knox on the Internet at www.knox.utoronto.ca Knox College respects your privacy. We do not rent, trade or sell our mailing lists. If you do not wish to receive this publication, please contact us at 416-978-2787 or knox.college@utoronto.ca. Knox College is a Theological College of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, federated with The University of Toronto, and a founding member of The Toronto School of Theology. As a seminary of the Reformed tradition, it has ecumenical relationships with the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the World Council of Churches, The Canadian Council of Churches, as well as partnerships with various seminaries in the global community. Knox holds its accreditation through The Association of Theological Schools. Photo Credits: David Charles, Lisa Watson, Terry Tingchaleun and Marie Ainey. Special thanks to Helen Cheung, Wan-Kit Keng, and Nam Soon Song.

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CONSTRUCTION HIGHLIGHTS This summer saw Knox become a construction site. A rebuilt water system included new public & residence washrooms and increased accessibility.

The kitchen in the basement was used to hold debris from the trenches that would be brought out for disposal

Construction workers dig deep in the basement washrooms near the Vistor’s Centre

Original pipes removed from the basement

A new connection to the City’s main was a big job

New ventilation ducts and pipes lie beneath the walls

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Larry Eller, Clerk of Works, views the progress in early July

The finished men’s public washroom

One of the new vanities installed in the Residence

Thanks to a very generous donation, a lift was installed in the Chapel

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Adventures in Global Nursing

A former Resident’s clinical experiences

Laura Muraca in Behchoko

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n 2011, Laura Muraca took a big leap, moving from Kamloops, BC to study nursing. That leap landed her on the doorstep of the Knox College Residence where she settled in to her first home away from home and found a second family in her fellow residents. But with her studies completed, she packed up her room this past April and took an even greater leap that would see her applying her knowledge in a global context. A clinical placement is required to complete the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing’s program at U of T, allowing students to hone the skills that they’ve acquired through their studies. Many of her classmates chose placements in Toronto hospitals or near their hometowns. But with no ties to Toronto or any commitments 6

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to restrict her selection, Laura opted to find a placement that would allow her to explore new territories. Those territories just happened to be the Northwest Territories and Behchoko, a community of just under 2000 that can be found 80 km northwest of Yellowknife. “I wanted an emergency room setting and one that offered an aboriginal connection,” Laura said. “I chose a clinic in a small community and in a setting that wasn’t seeing patients ‘at their worst,’ but where I had a chance to interact with them on a more personal level.” The placement in Behchoko allowed her to treat community members on a routine basis and gave her greater experience in assessment and treatment that many nursing students wouldn’t normally find in other clinical assignments.

Although the clinical aspects of the experience were rich and rewarding, the social aspects were hard for Laura. With no means of transportation, she had to rely on others if she wanted to go to Yellowknife and was seen as an outsider in a place where everyone else knew each other. But true to her character, Laura looked past the negative and made the experience a positive one, learning as much as she could, experiencing as much as she could and making friends along the way. Her 10 weeks in Behchoko were soon over, and instead of going home to rest, reflect or even find work, she was off on another clinical experience, this time a Global Health elective practicum in Grenada. Through a partnership with St. George’s University in Grenada, she spent the next four weeks rotating through clinics, long-term care facilities for both children and seniors, and going door-to-door in the community. “It really gave me a different perspective on health care,” she said. “I had to take a step back, look at what is really going on in the community with optimism and care for patients first.” In both placements, Laura chose to record her experiences through a blog where she could journal her thoughts online for others to see. It allowed her to not only keep in touch with her friends and family back in Canada, but gave her greater opportunity for reflection. Now back at home in BC, Laura is planning her next adventure: the job hunt. Although she’s not sure where she will end up, she wouldn’t rule out more global adventures in nursing and a visit to Knox College, of course. Faith Matters.®  •  knox college


KNOX NEWS

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n Wednesday, December 4, Knox College invites you to sing toward the light as we celebrate our annual Advent Service. Staff, Faculty, students and residents will lead us through a service to celebrate the season. This year, we have members from the Regent Park School of Music helping us celebrate with song. The Regent Park School of Music (RPSM) provides high quality, affordable music education to youth-in-need in Regent Park and other high priority areas in the City of Toronto. They offer private lessons in a variety of instruments and group classes in areas such as music theory and steel pan. Two pairs of students, one vocalist and one pianist, will be performing at the service. Richard Marsalla, the RPSM’s Executive Director, is a former resident of Knox College. He lived at Knox in 1996 and remains connected to several friends from his time here. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this service,” he said. “And I’m personally excited to remain connected to Knox.” The service will begin at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. We hope to see you there!

Singing Toward The Light Wednesday, Decmber 4, 2013 7:00 p.m. Knox College Chapel, 59 St. George Street, Toronto As we tell the story with song including performances by the Regent Park School of Music Refreshments will follow.

New @ Knox Rick Garland began working part-time as the Administrative Assistant in the Development Office in June. Rick hails from Eastern Canada where he received his B.A. and M.Div. He has previously been the National Coordinator for the Student Christian Movement of Canada and the Program Coordinator for youth and young adult ministries with the United Church of Canada.

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Anne McGillivray is the new Coordinator of Technical Services in Caven Library. Anne recently returned with her family to Ontario from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she was a cataloguing and reference librarian at Millersville University for the past 15 years.

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Caven Library offers ATLAS for Alums

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nox College is offering graduates a new opportunity current with theological thinking and practice. Starting in November, the Caven Library will subscribe to ATLAS for Alums, the full-text portion of the ATLA Religion Database. ATLASerials ( ATLAS) for Alums is an online collection of major religion and theology journals used by libraries, librarians, scholars, students and religious leaders. It is the premiere database for theology and religion. The primary focus of articles is comparative studies, historical studies, missions, scriptural studies, ministerial studies (such as counselling, liturgy, homiletics, etc.) and/ or theological studies (such as Christian, Jewish, Islamic, etc.) This database is being offered to provide life-long research tools to our alumni/ae. After graduation, eligibility to access the databases through U of T is no longer available, but

with ATLAS for Alums, Knox Ewart Graduates Association members can continue to research scholarly materials for use in their ministries and personal study. Alumni/ae can access ATLASerials free of charge by emailing one of the library staff (Joan, Susan or Anne) with their full name, the name of their degree and the year of graduation. After the information is verified, a username and password necessary to use the database will then be sent out. The ATLASerials is a valuable resource that can help alumni/ae with preaching, congregational life, Bible studies, teaching, and issues confronting the church today. It will also be of great benefit to those in remote areas who are not able to stop by the Caven Library or another theological library. For more information on the database and for access, please email the Caven Library at knox.readerservices@utoronto.ca.

The Rev. Dr. Charles Fensham launches new book

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n October 16, 75 people gathered to celebrate the launch of The Rev. Dr. Charles Fensham’s latest book, To the Nations for the Earth: A Missional Spirituality. The book, published by Clements Academic, deals with Protestant spirituality in relation to ecology and mission and is structured around the elements of traditional Protestant worship. Thomas E. Reynolds, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Emmanuel College, has said that the book is “framed creatively in liturgical form, carrying readers into a creation-centered and sacramental view of God’s story as a dynamic movement of the Spirit surging forth into the world, a momentum into which Christians are being called.” The book launch was co-sponsored by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Toronto and Knox College. The evening included responses to the book from The Rev. Dr. Harris Athinasiadis and The Rev. Dr. John-Peter Smit from their perspectives in active pastoral ministry. To the Nations for the Earth will be available through Amazon.com, Kindle and Kobo, as well as Google Books. 8

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Message from the Convener of the Board

We have great strengths and leadership

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ast year the Board of Governors of Knox College made a commitment to stay in our present building and the College began working with a detailed multi-year plan to upgrade our facilities to current standards. We are pleased to report that the first phase of the plan was completed during the past summer at an approximate cost of $4 million. While we are very excited about this project, most of the work completed is behind walls or underground and cannot be seen by the casual observer. However, the washrooms in the residence and academic wing have undergone a remarkable change, including accessible washrooms adjacent to the boardroom and a lift to the Chapel.

“Now more than ever, the support of our donors is critical.” Although a portion of the required funds were on hand, the majority of the cost was covered by a new mortgage of $3.5 million. Now more than ever, the support of our donors is critical so that we can reduce the mortgage and enter the second phase of our plan. The Fall Board meeting is usually more of a retreat that focuses on upcoming strategic issues. This year, we felt that there were so many projects underway that a comprehensive update since our February meeting was necessary. To that end, detailed presentations were made by the College’s Directors of Academic Programs, Finance and Development. From these presentations, two things were evident. First, the pace of activity at the College is impressive. Second, knox college  •  Faith Matters.®

facilities maintenance and accumulated endowments and bursaries. Knox College will always have challenges to deal with, and it is heartening to know that we have great strengths and leadership to help us shape tomorrow.

Knox College’s 170th Convocation Peter Fullerton, FCA

we are indebted to Principal Gordon, her senior team and to the members of the Board for their energies and commitment to our mission. New members to the Board were also welcomed at this meeting. We are excited to have The Rev. Daniel Cho, Mary Lee, Peter MacKinnon and Glenn Thompson share in our vision for the College and look forward to the expertise they each bring to the Board. In early October, Knox College was invited to participate in the second of three sessions of the Economic Equilibrium forum, a meeting that includes twelve North American theological colleges and is led by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. It was an exciting opportunity to exchange information with our peers and learn that we are on the right track with respect to our program development,

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Ceremony @ 7:30 p.m. Convocation Hall, University of Toronto

Reunion Years Principal’s Reunion Year Dinner Tuesday, May 13, 2014 For Knox/Ewart Grads of 1974, 1964, 1954 & prior

KEGA Grad Luncheon Wednesday, May 14, 2014 For Knox/Ewart Grads of 2004, 1989, 1974, 1964, 1954 & prior For more information, contact the Development Office at 416.978.6228

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Celebrating Excellence: Conv0cation Highlights

Graduates from 1953 and earlier celebrate at the KEGA Luncheon

Chief Librarian Joan Pries displays the Hakka Bible

M.Div. Graduates class of ‘13

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The Ewart class of 1973 at the KEGA luncheon

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Members of the class of 2003 at the KEGA Luncheon

The Ewart Centre for Lay Education Graduates

Margaret McGugan and Steve Brown congratulate each other

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Mark Ward acknowledges the crowd after receiving his Doctor of Ministry degree

The Rev. Katie Campion and The Rev. Heather Vais with The Rev. Dr. Sandy McDonald looking on

Shalini Rajack-Sankarlal receives receives her M.R.E. hood

Marianne Emig Munro receives congratulations after receiving her M.Div.

M.Div. Graduate Joyce Yaneshewski celebrates with her family

Seon Ok Lee celebrates after receiving her M.Div. diploma

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KEGA Update

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all remained a busy time for the kega Executive Committee as they continue to follow up on last year’s survey of its members. Work is ongoing to reach goals identified from the survey’s analysis — goals of better management of alumni relationships, partnering with the College to provide relevant and rewarding continuing education opportunities and finally, mentoring opportunities for new graduates. This fall kega was invited for the first time to join in the Orientation Retreat held at Crieff for new and returning students of Knox College. The Rev. Dan West, member of the Executive, and Minister at Runnymede Presbyterian Church, Toronto, attended and spoke to those gathered about the work of kega. This opportunity provided a forum for the Graduates’ Association to speak to students before they began studies to talk to them about the existence and role of kega and begin to create a relationship that will last not only throughout their studies, but throughout their lifetime in ministry and retirement. Dan said ‘it was great to let the

students know that kega is here and working to ensure we offer them some additional support and resources during their time at Knox through networking and educational opportunities and then through mentoring once graduated.” kega was thrilled to be part of Student and Colleges Sunday on October 20 at various congregations. Students and alumni participated in worship services and coffee hours speaking about the work and life of the College today. The final event for the fall was a kega led community worship service on October 29th. Executive member The Rev. Linda Patton-Cowie organized the leadership for this event and the alumni/ae that participated also stayed for the community dinner to talk to the students gathered. The goal of this event is to further build relationships and awareness between the alumni and current students and begin an open dialogue about what’s happening in ministry and congregations as well as inform students about other vocational opportunities being pursued by alumni/ae. —The Rev. Susan Sheridan, President

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he Knox Former Residents’ Association (knoxfra) Executive invites alumni to join them on Saturday, November 16 for its yearly Dinner and Annual General Meeting. This year the organizers are thrilled to have former resident Dr. Neil Rau (K’88 – 90), Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control, Halton Healthcare Services as the featured speaker. Dr. Rau will reflect on 10 years of infectious diseases in the media spotlight in his talk From SARS to MERS. An exciting addition to this year’s event will be tours of the residence, given by our current residents, of the newly renovated washrooms and basement. Ticket information is available on the Knox College Facebook page and the College’s website. 12

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guided them through a superb selection of old and new world wines and paired cheeses. The theme of old and new carried through with residents from the 50s to the 2000s gathered with current residents — much reminiscing and fellowship was enjoyed by everyone. This was a first event of this calibre for Knox — and the knoxfra Executive are looking forward to hosting another on March 21, 2014. For this event, they Residents Irina Samborski and David Dueck with knoxfra Gordon Mawdsley have enlisted the help of former resident at the Syrah vs. Shiraz event Ted Crysler (K’90 – 93) to lead the group through the tasting. Although This past March, knoxfra he is lawyer by day, Ted is an associate collaborated with the Knox College of the Institute of Wine and Spirits Association (kca), and held an alumni who will guide participants through a wine tasting event, Syrah vs. Shiraz, comparison of similar white and red with great success. Guests gathered wines from different regions. together in Knox’s rotunda on March 21, The knoxfra Executive hopes see 2013 as sommelier Odele Caritey-Yung you at one of these upcoming events! Faith Matters.®  •  knox college


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KCA Update

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armest greetings from this year’s Knox College Association (kca). It’s great to be back! Right from our Labour day move-in weekend, new and returning residents were ecstatic to see the new washrooms resulting from the first phase of the Knox renewal project and since then the kca has received nothing but positive comments as to how appreciative they are of these improvements to the building. In the hopes of helping residents to feel more at home, not only at Knox but also in the city of Toronto, we expanded this year’s kca orientation period to span the first three weeks of September. The first two weeks, titled “Get to know U of T” and “Get to know Toronto” were filled with tours of important areas on the University campus and Toronto landmarks such as art galleries. The last week, titled “Get to know Knox” gave a chance for all residents to mix and mingle through a meet and greet evening, a meeting where KCA President Chris Srinivasa with Residence Don Leila Fry they voiced their opinions on what activities they would like (left) and KCA Social Convener Caroline Mok (right) to see at Knox this year, a bbq in our beautiful Knox quad, and a board games night in our knoxfra common room. It’s safe to say that after four months of construction, Knox’s residential community is back, alive, and stronger We concluded the week with one of most successful inaugural pub nights in history where, by popular demand, karaoke than ever. — Christopher Srinivasa, 2013 – 2014 kca President was the central aspect of the evening.

M&T Update

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ith the academic year now in full swing, students are busy enjoying the rigours of study, the joy of field placement and the fulfilment found in the various ministries in which we are engaged. The corridors of the College abound with conversation as students and Faculty discuss the issues of faith that challenge us. It is a time of excitement as we discover what God has in store for us. The fall term began with an orientation and retreat, an opportunity to renew friendships and forge new ones. The retreat allows students and Faculty to remove themselves from the busyness knox college  •  Faith Matters.®

of their day to day activities and to focus on preparing for the upcoming academic year. Worship, devotions, and seminars focus on renewal and spiritual practices to allow for balance in life. The retreat also allows students who are full-time, part-time and online to mingle and put faces to names. We have had the opportunity to learn about the wider church and justice issues which been the subject of guest speakers and conversations during our weekly worship and community dinners. We were very fortunate to host an evening with The Rev. Naim Ateek who spoke about the situation in Israel/

Palestine from a Palestinian Christian perspective. These events empower each of us to reflect on the various ways that God is calling us in ministry and how God is at work in the world. As we journey through the fall and into the winter term, students look forward to the annual Grad Banquet and Convocation. It is a time to celebrate the memories and learning that have transpired over another academic year. It is also an opportunity to share in the excitement as friends are called to minister in congregations and the larger mission field. — Neil Ellis, m&t President fall 2013  • connexions

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An extraordinary commitment…

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he congregation of West Adelaide Presbyterian Church may have closed its doors but they will continue to live out their commitment to mission through Knox College. When faced with the decision to close earlier this year, the session of West Adelaide came together to decide where the church’s funds would be allocated. The names of various charities and local hospitals were put forward but an alternate suggestion was brought forth in a letter composed by Rick Brock. Rick, a Waterloo area businessman, grew up in the congregation and has always considered West Adelaide to be his home church. Rick felt that the congregation needed to leave a lasting legacy and that investing in the future of the broader church and its leadership would be the best solution. “I couldn’t

think of a better place than Knox College,” he said. Arnold Watson, West Adelaide’s Clerk of Session and a member of the congregation for 92 years, felt that it was a good way to keep the memory and the mission of the church alive. After much discussion and a vote, it was agreed that they would do their part to ensure students are equipped for the complexities of ministry in society today by making a generous gift to the endowment for the Chair of Pastoral Theology at Knox College. The $100,000 gift is a living legacy for West Adelaide — honouring their church’s 138 years of worship and service. On Sunday, April 14, the congregation gathered for a service and reception where The Rev. Dr. Pamela McCarroll, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, preached the sermon and Lisa Watson,

Director of Development, spoke on the life and work of the College, its students and residents. They accepted the cheque on the College’s behalf from The Rev. Larry Amiro and members of Session. The Closing Service for West Adelaide Presbyterian Church was held on Wednesday, September 25th. 2013. The Chair of Pastoral Theology brings together the practice of ministry with spiritual discernment and theological reflection. In this role, the faculty member who holds the Chair facilitates opportunities for learning the art and skills for congregational and social ministry, theological reflection, spiritual practices, and for the practice of ministry through field education, mentorships and internships. Professor McCarroll has taught in the field of Pastoral Theology since coming to Knox College in 2008. Session members & The Rev. Larry Amiro present a cheque to Lisa Watson and The Rev. Dr. Pamela McCarroll.

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ASIAN CENTRE UPDATE

Exciting times lie ahead...

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he Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry is moving into an exciting ‘new’ period: now focusing on research for Asian-Canadian Churches. The newly formed Development Program and Strategy Planning Committee is visioning a new era for the Centre. First, new committees for the Council are being structured to bring forward this new vision; second, the Council has invited several new members to serve, bringing new life and different gifts to the table. The first research project is entitled, Religious Attitudes and Commitment Among 1.5 and Second Generation AsianCanadian Protestant Young Adults. This research topic has arisen from anecdotal concern for religious attrition among 1.5- and second-generation Asian-Canadian Christian young adults. This study will examine religious loyalty among the

identified group with the aim of discerning whether religious commitment and attitudes might change when such young people leave high school. Research will attempt to determine what influences decisions about spiritual practice and church involvement by asking what has influenced the subjects’ decision to remain in the church or continue to be spiritually active, or what has influenced a decision to leave the church or become spiritually inactive. To undertake this research the Centre has applied for a project research grant from the Louisville Institute. The Centre has already begun planning for the tenth annual event, Crossing Cultures Together in May, 2014. It will be a celebratory, yet theologically and biblically grounded event Together on the Way of Transformation. We are all riding new tides and looking forward to what lies ahead.

Crossing Cultures Together X Monday, May 5, 2014 Join us as we celebrate our 10th year of exploring the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the church. For more information, visit www.knox.utoronto.ca/crossing-cultures

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God’s Grace in Canada The following is an excerpt from a reflection paper by Dong Jin (Peter) Park, an M.Div. exchange student from Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in Korea.

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look back on my academic year here at Knox College and I have to say that it was very blessed. My family is really grateful for all of the help and love we received from God through the people of Knox College. Here, I want to express my special thanks again. I was privileged to have the opportunity to participate in an exchange with Knox College. This exchange helped me to broaden my views and move forward in my own spiritual journey. I have written down a few things that I learned from my experiences: • Toronto, where Knox College is located, is a multicultural environment. I tried to meet people from different cultures and ethnicities as much as I could. Literally, there is a ‘world’ in Toronto. It gave me abundant resources to learn from diverse cultures and people. At the same time, this kind of diversity of cultures and ethnic groups gave me a great learning field for the world mission. It helped me to understand the possibility of the world mission for the future society. • As an exchange student, The Toronto School of Theology (tst) helped me to see the various perspectives of Christianity, which was very interesting. I could more clearly confirm my own tradition and also gratefully learn from different traditions. I was excited and happy because the tst has an abundance of resources for seminarians. I enjoyed them very much. • The bond between Knox College and the University of Toronto was a great benefit. I came to know the sacrifice and devotion of their graduates for the mission for Korea. I understand that graduates from these schools have taken a crucial role in Canadian mission for Korea in the early days of Christianity in Korea. This makes me give special thanks for both schools and gives me inspiration. • My family is deeply grateful and happy to have had a chance to live in Family Housing on campus. In this very student family-friendly and international community, my wife could make friends with other international “moms” who were in the same situation. My baby girl 16

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could enjoy safe facilities such as the drop-in centre and playground in the building. And I could focus on my job, which is studying, without concerns. All these facilities gave my family happy moments of life and we knew that this was from God as a gift for our family through the Knox College exchange program. We are very grateful. • Every culture is equal and we can learn from each other. I found that it is crucially important for the people who are oppressed to learn how to express emotions especially joy in a positive way. Christ came to the earth to give freedom that enables human enjoyment and rest in God. I have started to learn the meaning of the real freedom in God through my exchange student days here. I really want to be a worker for God in my heart. But I still do not know how to. I have to learn and I am still learning. The life here in Canada is one of the important points in the learning. Now, I think I am ready to go back to my country. Here, I could be equipped and have enough power for the next step and ministry. The life here in Canada will always be a special memory in my family’s mind. Faith Matters.®  •  knox college


PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE — KOREAN & ChInese TRANSLATION Korean

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사랑하는 여러분들께

院長的話

온타리오 남부의 올 가을은 정말 아름답습니다. 예외적으로 따뜻하고 강한 햇볕에 아름답게 물든 단풍잎들을 보게됩니다. 이는 마치 낙스칼리지 공동체의 기대감과 생동감을 보여주기라도 하는 것 같습니다.

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8월 말에 신입생들과 재학생들이 낙스기숙사로 들어왔습니다. 특별난 것은 없지만 지난 20주 동안 낙스는 아주 대대적이고 집중적인 100여년이 된 건물의 상 하수도 시설을 중심으로 한 개보수를 했습니다 – 공동화장실과 기숙사화장실, 침수로 쓰지 못했던 지하의 공간들에 대한 재 사용, 예배실로 통하는 에르베이트 공사. 여름 동안의 약간의 긴장감을 전하기 위해, 규정된 일을 시간안에 끝내준 캐논 디자인과 딘인 건설에 많은 감사를 전합니다. – 기숙사의 학생들이 27일에 들어올 수 있도록 승인이 필요했는데, 27일 오후 5시 5분에 그 허가가 나왔습니다. 새롭게 개보수된 화장실과 함께 기숙사의 학생들은 다양하고 서로 돌보는 학생공동체로 잘 행복하게 번창하고 있습니다! 한 주 후에 24명의 새로운 학생들을 포함하여 신학공동체가 들어왔습니다. 이제 이들은 낙스에서의 준비기간을 통해 목회로의 그들의 소명을 깊이 다지는 신나면서도, 또 소수에게는 불안하기도 한 출발인것입니다. 어떤 사람들은 안수 받은 또는 평신도로서 교회지도력을 준비하기 위해 왔고, 또 어떤 사람들은 기독교교육가로, 신학교의 교수로 가르치는 목회를 준비하기 위해 왔습니다. 교수들과 직원들, 또 재학생들로부터 환영을 받은 이들은 지금은 페이퍼들의 제출마감기간을 지키기 위해 바쁘고, 그리고 커피를 나누며 또는 공동체 저녁식사를 나누며 활기있는 토론을 하고, 또는 주마다 있는 예배에서 예배인도를 하기에 바쁩니다. 제가 이 글을 쓰고 있는 시점에는 저는 학교 이사회의 가을 이사회를 준비하고 있습니다. 이번 이사회에서는 새로운 이사를 환영하고, 건강했던 일년을 축하하고, 활기있는 토의을 하고, 낙스칼리지의 새로운 정책적 비젼을 위해 토론을 할 것입니다. 중요한 안건들은 낙스칼리지의 건물의 계속적인 개보수, 새로운 학사프로그램들에 대한 계획, 중요 모금을 위한 안, 2015년의 낙스건물의 100년의 생일을 축하하기 위한 계획, 그리고 2014년 낙스칼리지의 창립175주년 기념행사등 입니다. 많은 사람들이 캐나다의 고등교육기관에 있는 것은 특별히 신학교육기관에 있는 것은 어려운 때라고 말할 것입니다. 그러나 매해가 오고 가는 것을 보면서, 우리는 낙스칼리지를 위한 하나님의 살아있는 미래의 계획을 보면서 더욱 더 신이 납니다. 그리고 기도와 성령의 인도하심을 통하여, 우리는 미래의 교회를 만들어가고 영향을 주는 공동체의 일부가 되고 있슴을 확신하게 됩니다. 여러분들의 기도 속에 낙스공동체와 우리의 일을 위해 계속 기억해 주시기 바랍니다. 우리는 여러분들의 지속적인 청지기직에 감사합니다. 여러분들의 지속적인 후원과 격려로 우리는 세상을 바꾸고 커다한 일을 하는 것을 계속하게 될 것을 압니다.

南安省今年的秋季確是優美絕倫;我們有和煦朗日,也有美 艷繽紛的秋㬌落葉。凡此良辰美景,或許正反照出本諾克斯 神學院也是如此生意盎然。 在本年八月底,新舊宿讀生漸次遷入宿舍。這舉動歷年如 是,但今年確有獨特之處;原因是我們這百年校舍,經過整 整五個月的內部維修後,重新開放:重點工程包括更新學院 內所有輸水及渠務系統、舍堂內及向公眾開放的洗手間也是 簇新的、而一直困擾我們多年的地庫漏水也一拼得到解決; 還有更需要感恩的,是我們在學院禮拜堂前新建一座昇降 機,方便有需要人仕使用。整項工程,時間緊廹,我們感謝 設計公司 Cannon Design 和 建築公司Dineen Construction準時 完成工程。事實上,按照學院行事曆,我們需在八 月廿七日 前讓宿讀生遷入,而市政府的准許證及時在當天五時五分抵 達。現在宿讀生們可以享用美輪美奐的新浴室設施,並且享 受生活在一個多元、彼此關顧的學習群體中。 宿讀生入住一週後,學院也正式開課。本年度我們有廿四位 新生在諾克斯神學院接受神學訓練;無疑他們十分雀躍,但 或許也有少許焦慮。當中他們有立志要成為牧者、平信徒領 袖;有些則志願成為基督教教育工作者或將來在神學院中出 任教席的未來學者。在這裡,全院教職員及舊生歡迎所有新 生。他們現在均忙於撰寫各份論文,並且在課餘小聚或社區 晚宴中,活躍參與討論;而在每週崇拜中,他們也有機會發 揮專長,參與事奉。 當我撰寫這篇「院長的話」時,我正祈待秋季即將舉行的校 董會議。在這會議中,我們歡迎新的成員,也為着健康的財 政狀況感恩。此外在會議中,我們也會迫切商討,如何落實 學院的發展大計:排在議程前列的,將會是尚待完成的學院 維修工程、開拓新課程和籌備一次重大的籌款活動。此外, 其它討論事項包括如何在二零一五年,慶祝學院這幢建築物 落成一百週年紀念;也在二零一四年,慶祝本神學院成立一 百七十週年紀念。 有很多人會跟你說,現在正是在加拿大推展高等教育,特別 是神學教育方面的動盪艱難時刻;但年復一年,我們在上主 恩手帶領下,得以完成各樣所交託的重任;這証明藉著禱告 和聖靈的引領,我們神學院有份培育神家𥚃的用人,亦有份 模造教會的未來。 請繼續為我們這個信仰群體和我們的事工代禱。我們感謝您 們一直的代求和一直的伙伴襄助;深信在您們的支持和鼓勵 下,我們能作大事并改革這個世界。 主內 歌頓多加上

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Reuben St. Louis (’13) was called to Nassagaweya Presbyterian Church

Andrew Cornell (’13) was called to St. Andrew’s, Dresden

Rafael Vallejo (’11) was called to Queen Street East

Marianne Emig Munro (’13) was called to First Presbyterian, Brockville

Kay Diviney (’12) was called to St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montreal

Rick Warne (’12) was called to Knox, Jarvis and Chalmers, Walpole

Bethany McCaffrey (’12) was called to Melville, Scarborough

Joyce Yanishewski (’13) was called to St. Andrew’s, Thunder Bay

Shalini Rajack-Sankarlal (’13) was called to St. Andrew’s, Ajax

Steve Brown (’13) was called to St. Andrew’s, Tweed & St. Andrew’s, Roslin

Barry Carr (’13) was called to St. Andrew’s, Carleton Place & Almonte Presbyterian

Jonathan Baird (’13) was called to St. Paul’s, Peterborough

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Steve Mutavdzija (’11) was called to St. Andrew’s, Hillsburgh

Hansel Chen (’12) was called to Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, San Jose, CA (PCUSA)

Kathy Firth (’12) was called to Knox, Oshawa

Joanne Lee (’12) was called to St. Andrew’s, Inisfail, AB

Darrell Clarke (’13) was called to Doon Presbyterian, Kitchener

Barry Doner (’13) was called to Wasaga Beach

WANTED!! Keep in touch with your fellow Knox residents! Susie Choi (’13) was called to Mississauga Chinese Presbyterian Church, Mississauga

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Emma Duncan (’13) was called to Knox, Burlington

Tobey Boyer (’13) was called to Knox, Alliston and St. Andrew’s, Mansfield

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