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Re:Energizing Education Living and learning in a diverse and vibrant community “Our students study in the midst of all the diversity of belief, experience, and culture that they will encounter after they graduate. Such engagement exists at our front door, in classes and in our residence.”

a beginning to 2014–2015, a year of celebration, one hundred and seventy years as a college of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and one hundred years in this present place. This is a year in which we acknowledge in a special way how privileged we are to prepare students for Christian ministries within the church and society in this 21st century. Situated within a broad ecumenical Dorcas Gordon, Principal consortium at the heart of this large multi-cultural, multi-faith university, hat a winter it has been in Knox values these connections for the Toronto — an ice storm, way in which they energize both faculty sub-zero temperatures for and students to ask questions both weeks on end, snow deeper than most similar and different from their own of us can remember! Not so unusual about Christian faith and the changing in other parts of Canada, but certainly dynamic of religious life in Canada. Our students study in the midst of here we have come to expect winter to all the diversity of belief, experience, be kinder to us. And yet we really can’t complain and culture that they will encounter because in so many other ways this after they graduate. Such engagement academic year has been more than kind exists at our front door, in classes and in our residence. to Knox College. How blessed we are to create and We completed the first phase of the renewal of the Knox building on time participate in this vibrant community, and without significant cost overruns, a a community that seeks to respect significant feat in renovating a building and to engage cultural diversity, that that will soon be a centenarian. What encourages a deepening of faith



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through interaction with a diversity of belief and practice. In the midst of learning about doctrine, church history, biblical interpretation and practical theology, our students here in this place experience the crossroads of ministry practice where people seek wholeness, dignity and justice. Clearly education — learning — is re-energized in such daily and weekly encounters. In this issue of Connexions, we have featured examples of this diversity. We hope that you will experience our excitement not only in the written material, but also in the pictures and announcements and in that way participate with us in life and learning at Knox. In Christian friendship, Dorcas

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

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Donor Wall Knox unveils a permanent thank you to its many generous donors


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Exploring Hope The Rev. Dr. Pamela McCarroll publishes two books on hope see story page 9

ALSO: • New Donor Wall • Celebrating the 170th Convocation • New Book Launches

Home away from home An exchange student from Singapore has a special place in his heart for Knox College

The Caven Library offers a quiet space for students to reflect and study. — Photo by David Charles Media. 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.

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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: Visit Knox on the Internet at 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 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.

IN THIS ISSUE Principal’s Message������������������������������������������������������������2 New Donor Wall...............................................................4–5 Knox News........................................................................6–7 Renew Event Summary........................................................8 The Rev. Dr. McCarroll launches two new books.............9 Student News...............................................................10–13 Alumni News......................................................................14 Asian Centre Update.........................................................15

Photo Credits: Marie Ainey, Ted Ferreira , David Charles Media. Special thanks to Helen Cheung, Wan-Kit Keng, and Nam Soon Song.

Principal’s Message in Translation..................................17 Alumni News & Notes.................................................18–19

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n january 28, Principal Dorcas Gordon and Peter Fullerton, Convener of the Board of Governors of Knox College, unveiled our new donor wall. The wall recognizes the many generous donations that the College has received over the years and acknowledges the individuals, congregations and presbyteries who have contributed over $10,000 in the last 20 years. The wall also gives a brief history of the buildings that Knox has called home over its 170 year history. We thank all of those who braved the cold to share this special day with us!

(Above left) Board Convener Peter Fullerton addresses donors and friends before unveiling.

(Above right) Peter Fullerton and Principal Gordon unveil the wall.

(Right) Our new donor wall lists the names of generous congregations, organziations and individuals who have given over $10,000 to support the College. 4

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(Left) The wall includes a panel that details the many places that Knox has called home in its 170 year history.

(Right) Student Jessica Foy looks over the newly unveiled wall.

(Left) Arnold Watson, a member of First Adelaide Presbyterian Church, stands in front of the congregation’s name on the donor wall.

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Doctor of Divinity recipients announced At its 170th Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Knox College will confer the degree Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) to The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy and The Rev. J. Mark Lewis. The Board of Governors have selected The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy and The Rev. J. Mark Lewis based on their effective, faithful creative leadership in mission and various levels of church life, as well as their scholarly contributions to the life of the Church and academic community.

The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy


ohn de Gruchy is Emeritus Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Cape Town. He studied at the University of Cape Town, Rhodes University, Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago, and at the University of South Africa. An ordained minister in the United Congregational Church, he served two congregations before joining the staff of the South African Council of Churches in 1968, where he was director of Communications and Studies. In 1973 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Cape Town where he eventually became the Robert Selby Taylor Professor of Christian Studies and during the last few years of his tenure, the Director of the Graduate School in Humanities. He retired in 2003 and was appointed a

Senior Research Scholar at UCT and an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, and remains active in both institutions engaged in research, publishing and mentoring. John has authored or edited more than thirty books on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the church in South Africa, contextual, public and Reformed theology, social history, Christianity and the arts, reconciliation and justice, and Christian humanism. Among his books are Christianity, Art and Social Transformation; Reconciliation: Restoring Justice; Being Human: Confessions of a Christian Humanist; John Calvin: Christian Humanist and Evangelical Reformed; and, most recently, Led Into Mystery: Faith Seeking Answers in Life and Death.

The Rev. J. Mark Lewis


. Mark Lewis is the minister at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kitchener. Mark is a graduate of McMaster University and Knox College. He has served as a prison chaplain and a pastoral minister. During his ministry at Knox Presbyterian Church, Dunnville, he was elected “Citizen of the Year” in recognition of his volunteer service to the Fire Department, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Canadian Cancer Society and several other community organizations. 6

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Mark was elected Moderator of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in 2002 and has served as Vice-Convener and Convener of the National Assembly Council, Convener of the National Long Range Planning Committee and the National Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee. He continues to serve the National Church as a member of the Canadian ChristianJewish Consultation and the Joint AnglicanLutheran Commission of Canada. Faith Matters.®  •  knox college


Considering a Gift of Shares?


nox college is a rare and unique school that provides two very distinct groups of students an opportunity to learn, to live and to transform together into leaders for tomorrow. To help fund theological programs for the Presbyterian Church and a home for students in the residence, consider donating your publicly traded stocks and mutual funds to Knox College — it is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make a substantial gift in support of our mission and vision. When you donate and transfer your shares directly to Knox you will receive a charitable tax receipt for the value of your shares without being taxed for the capital gains. You’ll also be in a position to significantly help Knox’s work. For example, a gift of stocks that are worth $10,000 today that you previously acquired for $5,000 would provide you with about $4,500 of income tax savings, and there would be no capital gains tax owed. This would make the cost of your $10,000 gift a mere $5,500, and would save you what could amount to thousands of dollars of capital gains tax. Knox College gratefully accepts all publicly traded gifts of stock. The actual shares must be transferred to the College, but it is easy to authorize your broker to make an electronic transfer into Knox’s account by calling Lisa Watson, Director of Development at 416-978-0139 to receive a securities transfer form. Many Knox donors with shares in a wide variety of companies have already benefited from this option, and we invite you to consider this as well. You’ll maximize your own benefits, and increase Knox College’s ability to live out its mission.

Knox College’s 170th Convocation Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Ceremony @ 7:30 p.m. Convocation Hall, University of Toronto keynote speaker :

The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy “Stewards of God’s Mysteries in an Age of Disenchantment” doctor of divinity ( honoris causa ) to be conferred on

The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy The Rev. J. Mark Lewis

Happy Retirement, Lorna! On April 1, a retirement celebration was held in honour of Lorna Prideaux, Administrative Assistant to the Principal. For the last 12 years, Lorna has provided Principal Gordon, Faculty, staff and event students, with tremendous support and was an invaluable resource. Before coming to Knox, Lorna worked for the Toronto School of Theology. During the celebration, Principal Dorcas Gordon, M&T President Neil Ellis, Knox Registrar Ruth McCarten, Professor Nam Soon Song, Board Convener Peter Fullerton and David Neelands, former Director of TST and current Dean of Divinity at Trinity, thanked Lorna for her years of service highlighting her sense of humour, unwavering support and keen eye to detail. We will miss Lorna’s friendly smile and helping hand, but wish her all of the best in retirement!

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continuing education:

Renew event summary


his past november, the Centre for Continuing Education at Knox College combined its endowed lectureships into a week-long continuing education event for clergy. Renew was an event designed for those on the front lines of theology and practice to stimulate reflection and dialogue. The six day event was designed into modules so that participants could register for the lectures that were of particular interest to them or those that fit into their schedule. In addition to the main lectures, five Knox Faculty led participants through an exploration of theological, biblical and historical perspectives on the Advent and Christmas texts under the theme “From Text and Context to Sermon” and also included a tour of the Mesopotamia exhibit at the ROM, with Dr. Brian Irwin providing an overview lecture.

Brian McLaren led workshops on a

David Csinos presents as a part of the

Generous Orthodoxy and Christian Identity

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in a Multi-Faith World

In addition to the main lectures, five Knox Faculty led participants through an exploration of theological, biblical and historical perspectives on the Advent and Christmas texts under the theme “From Text and Context to Sermon”

The Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren, prolific author and speaker on the Emergent Church, delivered the Laidlaw Lectures and spoke on Generous Orthodoxy and Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World. Participants found his presentations particularly interesting not only because 8

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he explored the emergent church, but as he was so willing to engage with the group and draw in the experiences of others beyond his own research. Lectures were also given by David Csinos on Children’s Ministry in the Way of Jesus: Nurturing Young Disciples in a

Changing Church and the Rev. Peter Bush of Westwood Presbyterian in Winnipeg on the Missionary Rebound. Plans are already in the works for the second Renew event, to be held in November. This year’s event will coincide with the College’s celebrations to mark the 170th anniversary of the College and the 100th anniversary in this place at 59 St. George Street. It will feature a lecture on youth leadership by The Rev. Dr. Almeda Wright and another on leadership and change led by The Rev. Dr. Peter Coutts. For more information on the continuing education events to be held during the year, visit www.knox.utoronto. ca/170-100. Faith Matters.®  •  knox college


The Rev. Dr. McCarroll launches two new books


The Rev. Dr. Pamela McCarroll

ope crosses cultures, languages and religions. It gives us reason to look forward to something and to our expand horizons. Hope is also a topic that The Rev. Dr. Pamela McCarroll has focused her research on and is the subject of her two recent publications. Waiting at the Foot of the Cross: Toward a Theology of Hope for Today, the first of the two books by Professor McCarroll, is a critical look at the theology of hope in the Canadian context. “There is a perception of a crisis of hope and we don’t share a vision for the future of what we are looking for or who we are as a people,” she said. “We aren’t looking at the bigger picture but rather are in a field with a flashlight trying to199 find our8th way.” In collaboration West Avenue, Suite 3, Eugene, OR PICKWICK with theologians of the crossPublications George Grant and Douglas Tel. John(541) Hall,344-1528 the book explores • Fax (541) the 344-1506 traditional view of of WIPF hope asand being a mastery of the futureVisit and our offers another way. Hope is An imprint STOCK Publishers Web site at seen as a vision of waiting at the foot of the cross and being in spaces of pain where we don’t expect hope to be present. How do we hope the face modernity’s failure but and postmodernity’s absence working of foundations? Her second book wasinborn out ofofnot only her research her experiences in How do we hope when the future seems fearful and no clear way forward appears? How do we hope when despair, indifference, and cynicism dominate hospital The End ofNorth Hope: The Beginning, the stories ofGeorge thoseGrant whoandare facing psychicchaplaincy. landscape of English-speaking America? In dialogue withtells theologians of the cross Douglas John Hall, this booktrauma unmasks the failure of hope in our time and the looks vacuum like of meaning that remains. an exercise in the theology of the cross, Waiting death, and illness and what hope to them on anAsindividual level. Through the Foot of the Cross explores the North American context as one in which true hope is discovered only when life’s negations are engaged from these narratives, hope is seen as fight, meaning, survival, lament and surrender. Professor posture of waiting trust. Such hope is not passive or blind. Rather, it is attentive, active, open, and spiritually grounded in the One who me McCarroll hope theproposes church and what it for means to congregations that face crisis. us when allalso hopelooks is spent.atThe final for chapter a way toward hope today that inspires subversive resilience in the face of the and vicissitudesare of life. Readers interested inwith the theology of the in thinking theologically in our time andare place, and thos “A lotambiguities of congregations really struggling a sense of cross, hopelessness,” she said. “Things interested in the character of Christian hope will find this book compelling. changing, endings are happening, and so we have to claim hope, the hope of Christ, and think through what we have been a part of and celebrate that. An ending does not take that away.”


Toward a Theology of Hope for Today PAMELA R. M C CARROLL Fo r e w o r d by D ouglas John Hall

Both books are now available online through Amazon, Indigo and Google Books, or contact your local retailer.

“Ultimately, McCarroll envisions practices of a hope that waits at the foot of the cross. Hers is a crucial word for the once-mainline church in a postmodern world.” —David Schnasa Jacobsen, Professor of the Practice of Homiletics and Director of the Homiletical Theology Project, Boston University School of Theology

“McCarroll’s unique contribution shines through as she advances ‘waiting at the foot of the cross’ as a posture of receptivity that eschews easy cynicism while anticipating a hope not seduced by the official optimism symptomatic of American exceptionalism. A must-read!” —Allen Jorgenson, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Assistant Dean Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo Ontario

“Her focus is ‘hope at the end of hope’ when crises of violence, poverty, and ecological devastation threaten as never before. Elaborating Grant’s and Hall’s criticism of technological mastery, she proposes a theology and practice of hope which is the converse of mastery, which both waits and acts, in a posture of trust and openness to the God of the cross. An important contribution to North American theology today!” —Harold Wells, Professor Emeritus, Systematic Theology, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, Canada

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spring 2014  • connexions 9 PAMELA R. MCCARROLL is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of Field Education at Knox Colle

in the University of Toronto. She is certified as a Teaching Supervisor by the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC and ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Pam’s interest in hope grows out of her clinical work in spiritual care an her yearning to think and live the faith amidst rapid changes in church and public life.


Inside Advanced Degree Studies Looking at the research and writing of our Masters and Doctoral students


y academic theological journey has been stimulated by Korean-American women and their children who struggle to thrive as immigrants and citizens of this multicultural, multiracial land. As their pastor I have always felt obliged to help them to recognize the interconnectedness and interdependence of their existence regardless of gender, ethnicity and race. Consequently, my dissertation proposed the social Trinitarian theology of the cross as the most suitable Christian symbol to promote the dignity and value of Korean-North American women. As a symbol it is helpful as they live out their call in mutual, reciprocal relationship in this multicultural land. The goal of my project seeks to describe a new human community

based on the values of Trinitarian fellowship through equality, mutuality and emulating the perichoretic reciprocity To that end, I love of the Trinity in their explore Moltmann’s social relationships with others. Trinitarian understanding On the basis of imitatio of the cross, which cruces and imitatio relationis, employs the Cappadocian which becomes possible with concept of perichoresis to the aid of the Holy Spirit, explain how the suffering I propose as a prophetic Rev. Dr. Hye of Christ on the cross is call that both first and Kyung Heo second generation Koreanthe Trinitarian event, and how the divine persons are all subject North American women participate in relation to each other. By virtue of in building a society where they are this doctrine of perichoresis, Moltmann free to realize their potential and to offers a solution to the misconception serve one another by using their gifts of the cross as a symbol of the cruel in freedom and trust. By this social victimization of the weak. I also Trinitarian understanding of the cross, explore the triune God as an “open both generations are called to work for Trinity,” yearning for fellowship with reform in the leadership and structure God’s creation, and how human beings of the church, as well as a new approach as imago Dei are called to mirror the to mission and inter-religious dialogue.

M&T Society Update


he academic year is now behind us. Throughout the year the M&T Society has been busy and engaged in the life and activities of the college. Community worship and meals continue to be a focal point for the student body. There were many special events during the year, however one outstanding event was the unveiling of the Donor Wall at Knox. The contributions of many generous individuals and organizations who believe in the vision and mission of Knox is greatly appreciated by all of the students. Some of the events sponsored by the M&T Society included a year-long mission project entitled Mitts & Toes, which provided warm clothing to Evangel Hall. With such a cold and prolonged winter the donations were greatly appreciated. M&T invited several guest speakers to the College and was fortunate to have Commander Bonnie Mason, a Padre with the Canadian Armed Forces, speak to students about the role that chaplains play within the context 10

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of the military today. Additionally, Synod Consultant JP Smit was invited to provide a workshop on the topic So You Have Your First Church, Now What? that provided a glimpse of issues involved in starting out in pastoral ministry. As I reflect back on three years of study and preparation for ministry I am thankful to God for providing a place like Knox College, a place where my questions can be asked in safety, where new friendships have sprung up and where my faith has been nurtured and affirmed. Looking back at my first day of class we read Ecclesiastes 3, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” As my time at Knox comes to a close I feel it is appropriate to end with that sentiment. For students at Knox the time spent at the College is a season of preparation, discernment and study. With the academic year at a close some move on to seek God’s call in various ministries and others take the time to rest and reflect before a new season of renewed academic work begins. — Neil Ellis, President, M&T Society Faith Matters.®  •  knox college


Peppery Paul: The Not So Piratey Pirate


any knox college students answer their call to ministry later in life after careers such as engineering, law and education. Others feel drawn toward ministry very early in life but still have amazing and diverse backgrounds. Joshua Kennedy is one such student. Joshua felt a call to ministry after his first summer serving at a Christian camp. “I wasn’t much of a Christian that first summer, but I soon discovered that a lot of kids were looking up to me as a role model,” he said. “From that point I decided I really needed to pursue God and build my own relationship with God, so that I could be the best role model for the campers that I could be.” After investigating other schools and having conversations with leaders within his church (Salvation Army), he chose Knox College. “A lot of prayer really went in to deciding to come to Knox. I knew while I was doing my undergrad that God was calling me to pursue some sort of ministry education,” he said. “It’s still hard to explain really but this is where I am supposed to be.” But Joshua wasn’t on this journey alone. Through his experiences as a camp leader, the character, Peppery Paul, was born, a much beloved story told to campers at bedtime and requested year after year. “Every summer, and sometimes in between, I would tell a story of Peppery’s adventures,” he said. “Eventually, the kids decided that Peppery should have his own book and that started the quest of writing the first pirate adventure of Peppery Paul” And so the story of Peppery Paul: The Not So Piratey Pirate was born. Working with his wife Sarah, they crafted a tale of a pirate who just doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the pirates on his ship. He can’t dance or sing like they can, and he dresses differently from them. Ultimately, the story teaches that everyone is unique, with their own special skills, and that we have to treat others the way we want to be treated. The story has been a huge resource for the ministries in which Sarah and Joshua have been involved. They have been able to travel and visit different churches and groups to share this book. It will be a tool used in Joshua’s future ministry. The couple aren’t ruling out future stories with their silly pirate, but they’re taking it one adventure at a time. “We’ve got lots of ideas for adventures with Peppery Paul,” said Sarah “Right now our focus is on finishing our education, and maybe having some fun with a book reading or magic show here and there along the way.” knox college  •  Faith Matters.®

Joshua Kennedy and his wife Sarah wrote a children’s book, Peppery Paul: The Not So Piratey Pirate, to assist in their future ministry.

“We try really hard to follow what God has planned for us,” said Joshua. “But I would envision that writing, and creating whacky characters like Peppery Paul will be a major resource in our ministry” Peppery Paul: The Not So Piratey Pirate can be purchased on Amazon or through spring 2014  • connexions



KCA Update


t’s hard to believe that an academic “This would not have been such a successful year has already passed here at Knox! As the spring arrives and summer year for the kca without the involvement of our beckons, it’s worthwhile to reflect upon outstanding residents.” yet another incredible year for the kca and the Knox residence community. At the start of the fall semester, the non-perishable food items for Meal number of residence-wide events to excitement was evident from both new Exchange, a non-profit that mobilizes promote diversity and mental health and returning residents alike. Seeing youth to work with their communities awareness. the beautiful renovations for the first in order to alleviate hunger locally and This would not have been such a successful year for the kca without time, reconnecting with familiar faces, achieve food security. and making new friends — it was an This term saw the residents come the involvement of our outstanding together with the Olympic hockey residents. It is a credit to the students excellent kick-off. The kca Orientation that took place in the following three finals, an Oscar viewing party, the — who come from all corners of the weeks fostered a strong community ever-popular annual Knox Coffee world and from all walks of life — who spirit that has continued to grow House, and knoxfra’s second annual seek out Knox as not only a place to throughout the year. wine tasting event (back by popular reside, but a community in which Since the last kca update, residence demand). We bade farewell to the to play a part. With more phases of life at Knox has been incredibly academic year with a carnival-themed renovations still to be undertaken, eventful. In the fall, fun times were had spring formal. Throughout the year, both Knox itself and the residence at karaoke pub outings, board games, residents took full advantage of the community will continue to evolve. and craft-making events. Halloween newly-renovated basement to enjoy the There is one thing of which I am was highly-anticipated and included games room as well as the TV room for certain — the best is yet to come! — Christopher Srinivasa, a pumpkin carving contest, costume movie nights. The dons also launched 2013–2014 kca President party and trick-or-treating to collect a new initiative this year, hosting a

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knox student adventures:

Issac Yee


he Knox College residence is a diverse place where students of varying backgrounds and studying in a wide variety of disciplines come together to create a unique community. Although many are fulltime graduate students, the residence also welcomes students who are here on exchange. This past fall, four students from the National University of Singapore chose Knox College as their home away from home while they completed a term of study at the University of Toronto. Isaac Yee was one of these students. Wanting to experience what it would be like living and studying in a country on the other side of the globe, Isaac chose the University of Toronto not only for its reputation, but for the diversity of Toronto’s people, culture and climate as autumn and winter are not seasons that he is able to experience in Singapore. At first Isaac and the other students, Jia Qi (Valerie) Loh, Jia Yin Yong and Subramaniam Singaram, sought out accommodations together off-campus but were unable to find a suitable apartment. These third-year Psychology majors had heard about Knox from Mark Heng, a friend who had lived here while on exchange himself in the winter term of 2013. Although here to study, Isaac found his experience at Knox gave him the opportunity to meet people of completely different backgrounds, fields of study, ages and interests. “I remember being in awe on the first day we moved in when Daniela called us by name even though it was our first meeting,” he said. “I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to form such knox college  •  Faith Matters.®

Singapore exchange students Isaac Yee, Subramaniam Singaram, Jia Qi Loh and Jia Yin Yong with Joys Tan at the KCA Winter Formal.

dear friendships in such a short time with people who were so different from me.” The students managed to experience a great deal in their short four month stay, taking trips to Niagara Falls, New York City and even a winter break in Quebec with a fellow resident who managed to convince them to go tobogganing. “Our faces were bombarded with the tiny shards of ice being fired at us by the strong wind,” he said. “I do wish I could bring all the snow back with me to sunny Singapore.” But what they did take with them were many memories and friendships. “This culture of family and friendliness is something that I brought back to Singapore. I’ve noticed myself being much more comfortable greeting strangers and starting conversations,”

“I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to form such dear friendships in such a short time with people who were so different from me.” — issac yee

he said. “I do hope to one day return to Toronto for postgrad or just for a visit. Knox has a special place in my heart now and I’ve even hung a Canadian flag in my room to remind me of my time there.” spring 2014  • connexions



KEGA Update


he Knox Ewart Graduates Association continues its work to broaden its network of alumni/ ae and support fellowship opportunities both inside and outside of the College. kega was pleased to announce its first chapter outside of Canada this year. When visiting Korea last fall, Principal Dorcas Gordon met with Professor Jun Bong Choi, an alumnus of the College,

who expressed an interest in forming a chapter in Korea. The first meeting was held over breakfast in November. kega Executive members are delighted to welcome their counterparts in Korea! Recruitment for both new executive members and adding regional representatives to ensure that all provinces are represented in the alumni association is still on-going. The mission and goals

of the Association are to strengthen relationships, increase awareness and to extend events outside of the College, and they welcome support from alumni/ ae across the country. The Association is looking forward to reconnecting with alumni/ae at the kega luncheon on May 14 and their annual reception at General Assembly in Kitchener/Waterloo.



ormer residents had not one but two opportunities to reconnect and reminisce in the last year. The annual knoxfra dinner was held on November 14 and featured former resident Dr. Neil Rau, Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control, Halton Healthcare Services, giving a fascinating talk on infectious diseases in the media spotlight. Not only did Dr. Rau educate those gathered on such diseases as sars and mers, but he also entertained them during the reception with his skilful piano playing, something he used to practice in the Knox Chapel as a resident. Building on the success of last year’s Syrah vs. Shiraz, the knoxfra committee partnered again with the kca and former resident Ted Crysler to offer the second installment of their wine tasting series. New Discoveries and Old Friends introduced current and former residents to one another and to Chenin Blancs and Cabernet Sauvignons from five different regions plus wonderful food pairings. With the success of these events, knoxfra is looking to launch a similar event in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in the coming months. 14

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Current and former residents enjoy New Discoveries and Old Friends.

Dr. Neil Rau speaks at the KNOXFRA Dinner

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New steps and new energy


xciting new changes have begun, with new plans and new faces at the Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry. The Program Development and Strategic Planning Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Stephanie Ling and Rev. In Kee Kim have been planning and working to renew the vision and structure of the Council. We are excited to welcome a new Chair, Rev. Soo Jin Chung, who is Associate Minister at St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, and new members Rev. Dr. Paul Choi, Mrs. Lorna Hutchinson, Rev. Jin Sook Khang, Mrs. Eirene Wee, Ms. Elizabeth Wu, and Rev. Dr. John Wu. They will serve on various committees according to their gifts, bringing new life to the Centre. The Centre deeply appreciates the long-time leadership of former Chair Rev. In Kee Kim, and is grateful that Rev. Kim will continue to serve the Council as Chair of the Research Committee.

Beginning in January 2014 the Centre has welcomed a new Assistant to the Centre, Rev. Sung Il Moon, a doctoral student in the Pastoral Department at Knox College Also, beginning in January 2014 the Centre has welcomed a new Assistant to the Centre, Rev. Sung Il Moon, a doctoral student in the Pastoral Department at Knox College. The Centre has greatly appreciated the work of the former Assistant, Rev. Kyongkuk Han over the past five years. He has finished writing his thesis and we pray God’s blessing on him in his ministry at YongNak Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto. This year for the first time Knox College hosted the celebration of the Lunar New Year. We shared some Lunar New Year dishes including rice cakes, dumplings, Asian cookies and fruit along with stories and traditions of the Lunar New Year. The planning team for Crossing Cultures Together is excited to prepare for the 10th anniversary of this event on Monday, 5th May 2014. On the theme “Journeying Together Toward Transformation,” Dr. Andrew S. Park (Professor at United Theological Seminary, USA), Ms. Lori Ransom (Elder at St. Andrew’s King Street Toronto), and Rev. knox college  •  Faith Matters.®

Cannon Dr. Isaac Kawuki-Mukasa(the Global Relations Officer for Africa in the Anglican Church of Canada) will reflect on their experiences in their contexts through the lens of the Gospel of John, Chapter 4. Also, we have invited several cultural groups to sing and dance in order to celebrate our diversity, yet unity in Christ. One need that has been identified is the need for research on the experiences of Asian immigrant churches. Rev. In Kee Kim speaks from the perspective of the minister of an Asian immigrant church: “Ministry can be done effectively only when the context is critically understood. Doing general ministry is not enough; for the ministry to be effective, it has to be specific, addressing the issues of the people in a particular context. Asian immigrant churches have gone through many experiences in Canada and yet their experiences have not been critically addressed, not only sociologically and psychologically, but also theologically and spiritually. The Centre is planning to research various materials available and listen to the voices from our particular context to help Asian Canadian churches engage in effective and relevant ministries.”

In response, Dr. Nam Soon Song and her assistant Mrs. Eun Ju Chung, a graduate of the M. Div. program at Knox, along with the research team, have begun the first research project: “Religious Attitudes and Commitment Among First and Second Generation Asian-Canadian Protestant Young Adults.”

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A refocused mission and goal


ello everyone! My name is Soo Jin Chung and I am the new chair of the Asian-Canadian Centre Council. I am a graduate of Knox (2004) and I have been serving at St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church (Etobicoke) as an associate minister for the past 10 years. It is my privilege to serve the Council in this capacity with such a great group of people who volunteer their time and energy for the Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry. In recent years, we have refocused our mission to become a more research oriented centre to provide a theoretical basis as well as practical assistance to the Asian immigrant churches in Canada. We are at the beginnings of this stage but I believe we are on the right track. As we go on in this direction, I hope

that we can help the Asian immigrant churches in various ways. For example, we want to create awareness of the need for ongoing critical thinking and contextual theological reflection, to facilitate the dialogue between the first generation immigrants and their 2nd generation children, and to provide practical ministries for the AsianCanadian churches. The goal we are envisioning is not impossible. But I know we cannot achieve this alone. We need your support and prayer for the Asian-Canadian Centre because I believe what Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:26 — If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it. May God bless you so that you can be the blessings to others!

New members of Asian Council (March 2014) Rev. Soo Jin Chung A graduate of M.Div. at Knox An Associate minister at St. Timothy’s   Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. John Wu A graduate of Th.D. at Knox   (Old Testament) A retired professor at Yu-Shan   Theological College and Seminary   in Taiwan Rev. Jin Sook Khang A graduate of M.Div. at Knox A minister of Education at   Vaughan Community Church Mrs. Lorna Hutchinson An Elder at Knox Presbyterian Church,   a retired high school teacher An English Tutor at Knox College Rev. Dr. Paul Choi A graduate of Th.M. and Ph.D. at TST A senior pastor at Dream Presbyterian  Church Mrs. Elizabeth Wu Graduate of C.E (Christian   Education) and studied M.Div. at   Taiwan Theological College An elder at Trinity Presbyterian   Church (York Mills) Mrs. Eireen Wee Studied M.A. in Theological Studies   at Regent College Serving with OMF-Canada in Toronto

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학장님 인사 새 힘을 주는 교육 얼마나 추운 토론토의 겨울이었는가- 우리들 대부분이 기억하는 것보다도 아주 많은 눈, 아이스 스톰, 지속된 영하의 기온들! 캐나다의 다른 지역에서는 어떨지 모르지만 여기 토론토에서는 우리들이 기대하는 그러한 겨울은 아니었습니다. 그럼에도 불구하고 우리는 불평을 할 수가 없습니다. 왜냐하면 이번 학년도는 여러면에서 낙스칼리지에는 좋은 해였습니다. 낙스칼리지는 곧 100년이 되어가는 건물의 개보수 공사를 더 많은 비용이나 어려움 없이 정한 시간에 낙스건물의 제 1차 재보수작업을 마쳤습니다. 2014년에서 2015년의 시작은 축제의 시작입니다. 낙스칼리지가 캐나다장로교단의 신학교로서 강의를 시작한지 170 주년, 그리고 현재의 장소에서의 100주년을 기념하는 일들로 이어질 것입니다. 올해 우리는 21세기 교회와 사회에서 기독교의 목회를 위해 학생들을 준비시키는 일이 얼마나 특별한가를 여러가지로 공인하는 행사들을 할것입니다. 낙스칼리지는 다문화와 다양한 신앙의 커다란 대학의 심장부에 에큐메니칼의 연합체로 위치해 있습니다. 낙스칼리지는 이러한 연결성을 중하게 여깁니다. 이러한 다양성은 그들의 신앙이 기독교신앙과 다른 것이 무엇이고 비슷한 것이 무엇인지를 질문하고 답을 찾는데, 그리고 캐나다의 종교적인 삶이 변화하는 다이나믹을 알도록 하는데서 교수들과 학생들에게 힘을 북돋우고 있습니다. 우리의 학생들은 그들이 졸업하면 부딪치게 될 다양한 신앙, 경험, 문화의 한 가운데서 공부하고 있습니다. 이러한 부딪침과 만남은 바로 우리의 정문 앞과, 수업시간들, 그리고 우리의 삶의 자리에서 일어납니다. 문화의 다양성을 존중하고 함께 하고, 다양한 신앙 실천과의 서로 관계를 갖고 만남으로 우리의 신앙을 더 깊이 하도록 하는 이 활발한 살아있는 공동체 속에 참여하는 것은 우리에게 얼마나 커다란 축복인가요. 교리를 배우고, 교회사와 성서해석 그리고 실천신학을 공부하는 가운데 우리의 학생들은 사람들이 완전함, 존엄성, 정의 추구를 실천하는 목회의 교차로를 여기에서 경험하게 됩니다. 분명히 교육- 학습은 이처럼 매일, 매 주의 만남 속에서 다시 힘을 얻는 것입니다. 이번 커넥션은 이러한 다양성의 예들로 구성되었습니다. 우리는 여러분들이 쓰여진 글들에서만 아니라, 사진들과 광고에서도 이러한 신남을 경험하고, 낙스에서의 우리의 삶과 배움에 함께 참여하시기를 바랍니다.

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【院長的話】 令教育更活力充沛 多倫多今年的冬天確是令人難忘∶我們經歷了冰暴、零下氣温持續多個星期揮之不去,所積累 的雪量更是我們記憶所及最多的!或許這樣的寒冬在本國其它地方并不罕見,但對我們多倫多 人來説,老天爺,我們還是希望祢對我們仁慈一點吧! 縱然天氣總是鬧撇扭,但諾克斯神學院本個教學年度卻是祝福滿滿。 首先,學院第一期的修 葺工程準時晉工;萬幸的是,維修這座百年學府,竟然没有太大的超支。來年二零一四至二零 一五年度,是本學院的慶祝年:慶賀加拿大長老會創立本神學院一百七十週年,也誌慶本院遷 入現址一百週年紀念。 此外,本神學院也深慶在二十一世紀的今天,我們有幸能處身在不可多得的環境中,培植本院 學生把基督教大使命事工,在教會、在社會中推展開來。 諾克斯神學院置身於一所多元種族、多元文化、多元信仰的大學學府中;在這氛圍中,我們深 深得益;因為我們的教授和學生們,有機會在校園中接觸來自截然不同文化,不同信仰的衝 擊。 故此,在這樣一個真實環境中, 我們的教授和學生們,可以面對面迎向加拿大劇變中的 宗教生活。 也正因如此,我們的學生不用等到畢業才接觸到紛陳多元的社會;在我們舍堂、課室、甚至就 在神學院門囗,學生和教授們,已每天接觸到這些人和事。 能够置身於一個如此活潑、鼓勵創意、彼此尊重的學術社群中,是壓根兒一種福氣;具體而 言,我們的學生透過彼此互動砥礪,深化信仰。 他們在學習教義、教會歷史、詮釋經文及應 用神學上,因為可以接觸到來自五湖四海、背景迴異的群體,故此學生們可以以同理心,體 察到其他群體,在他們尋求整全、尊嚴和公正正義歷程中的掙扎。 誠然,這樣的學習,每一 天,每一星期都週而復始地,刺激我們學生的學習進路。 在這一期的刋物中,我們緩引圖例,帶出置身於多元文化、多元信仰環境中對我們的禆益。我 盼望讀者們,不單在各篇文章中領略箇中真義,更可從圖片和報告中,仔細領略。這樣,在這 諾克斯大家庭中,彼此一道學習,同作生命成長的功課。 主內 歌頓多加上 (鄞雲傑譯)


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Calendar of Events Principal’s Reunion Year Dinner Tuesday, May 14 4:30 p.m. By Invitation A dinner to honour the 1974 Grads. Pre-Convocation Workshop Wednesday, May 14 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All welcome, registration is required

“Being Led into Mystery in Life and Death” with The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy Contact or 416-978-2787 for more information. kega Reunion Year Luncheon Wednesday, May 14 12:30 p.m. By Invitation for reunion year graduates As a guest of the Knox/Ewart Graduates’ Association, a luncheon for all those celebrating special reunions (1954 and prior, 1964, 1974, 1989 & 2004) and to honour the 2014 Knox Graduates. 170th Convocation Wednesday, May 14 7:30 p.m. All welcome

The Knox community celebrates the graduation of its Knox and Lay Education Graduates and honours The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy and The Rev. J. Mark Lewis with the degree, Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa). Convocation Address by The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy: “Stewards of God’s Mysteries in an Age of Disenchantment” Reception following at the College. knox college  •  Faith Matters.®

Music Celebration of Thanksgiving Sunday, November 2 Hosted by the Centre for Asian Canadian Theology and Ministry. For more information on the event, please visit

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Doors Open Toronto Saturday, May 24 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Knox is excited to be one of 155 buildings participating in Doors Open Toronto this year.

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