James Jinhong Kim
Affiliate Associate Professor of Missiology and Religion
Director of the Horace G. Underwood Center for Global Christianity
My mission is to revive the great tradition of global mission at NBTS—a tradition that has produced such noteworthy missionaries as Abeel (1826), Dotty (1836), Talmage (1845), Scudder (1855) & family, Wyckoff (1874), Cantine (1889), Zwemer (1890), and Underwood (1884).
Dr. Kim is a pioneer in Global Missiology, approaching the field from the intellectual and pragmatic synthesis of four very different disciplines: history of religion, history of East Asian intellectual traditions, issues in “global core” curricular teaching and programs, and decades of missiological fieldwork experience in the Pauline legacy of “tentmaker mission.” Besides designing many new courses at NBTS that reflect his unique insights into the past, present and future of “global Christianity,” Dr. Kim continues to serve numerous mission programs as Founder and Director of Programs at NY Mission House and the Stump Overseas Mission. Dr. Kim is also Special Projects Advisor (since 2009) to the University Committee on Asia & the Middle East (UCAME) at Columbia University, where he has co-taught courses with Wm. Theodore de Bary and travels frequently throughout East Asia to speak at academic conferences and with government officials in support of global core education.
His publications range from Origins of the Mill at Bethlehem: Theologizing Birth of Jesus in Asian Contexts; The Asian Christian History Reader; and articles on the legacy of Horace G. Underwood, to a monograph study on a key seventeenth-century text on Neo-Confucian education called Primer for Youth, and other scholarly articles on East Asian intellectual and education history. He is currently working on a book titled Toward Interculturation: Pedagogy for an Emerging World. Dr. Kim is recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the United Nations Star of Harmony Award for Outstanding Community Service (1997).
Columbia University, M.Phil., Ph.D.
Princeton University, Special Student
Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div.
William Jessup University, B.Th.
Church History, I and II
History of Asian Christianity
History of Modern Asian Christianity
History of Christian Missions
19th Century Protestant World Mission
Underwood and His Predecessors
Issues in Modern Christianity
Christianity and Enlightenment
World Christianity in World Religious Context
Christianity and World Religions
Confucianism & Christianity
Foreign Religions in Asia
Interculturation: Christ and Culture (w/ John W. Coakley)
Korean Civilization, I and II (w/ Wm. Theodore de Bary)
Missiology (Fall 2013)
Public lectures on:
Faith from a Distance: Steps in Discipleship
Religious Traditions in Asia
Christianity in Korea
Kim Daejung and the Democracy
Korean Modern History and Art
Pansori and Choson Neo-Confucianism
Protestant Mission to Choson Korea
From Princeton Fundamentalism to Brooklyn Tabernacle:
A Case for Broadening the American Religious Foundation to Third World Theology
Moody, Graham, and Hybels from an Asian Religious Perspective
Hakdang Seminars (since 1996):
Dr. Kim founded and leads Hakdang Seminars as an educational mission to empower Christians especially from the Third World to participate in the development of global Christianity in the 21st century as critical, informed individuals. To date, some one thousand Christians and non-Christians have taken part in its programs. The highly focused bilingual seminars on history of the Church and its theological issues are specially designed to help lay Christians develop historical and cultural awareness for the commonality and diversity of contexts in which Christian faith and theology developed in different regions of the world and among their various constituents.
ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
Toward Interculturation: Pedagogy for an Emerging World (in draft)
“Re-evaluating Underwood’s Mission: Crossroads for Tentmakers Mission Today”, Ching-fung (Fall, 2013), Hong Kong/London (Korean version published earlier in Phila Yo(so(ng, 2011)
Monograph and complete English translation of Pak Se-Mu’s Primer for the Young and Ignorant+
Contemporary Significance of Yi Yulgok’s Philosophy of Education.+
“Inculturation and Global Core Curricula: Tongmong so(nsu(p (Primer for Youth) as a Case Study,” Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts & Courses, sponsored by Yale University, 2011.
“Tongmong so: An Introduction to a Korean Neo-Confucian Classic for the Global Core Curriculum,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Liberal Education, Chiao-tung University, Taiwan, 2010.
“State of the Core Curriculum in South Korea,” Proceedings of the First Annual International Conference on Classics for an Emerging World, Columbia University Press, October 2008.
“Bible Versus Guns: Horace G. Underwood’s Evangelization of Korea,” Asia Pacific Perspectives, Vol. V, No. 1, pp. 33-37 (December, 2005), San Francisco, CA: University of San Francisco Center for Pacific Rim,
“Pak Se-Mu’s Primer for the Young and Ignorant” in Sources of Korean Tradition, de Bary & Lee, eds., New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.
Third World Christian History Reader. New York: Knara Press, 2000 (limited edition).
The Asian Christian History Reader. 2 Vols. New York: Knara Press, 1999 (limited edition).
Origins of the Mill at Bethlehem: Theologizing the Birth of Jesus in Asian Contexts (Pedlehem
Mulbang’a donu(n Naeryo(k). Seoul: Taejanggan, 1996 (in Korean, 3rd printing).
Speaker, the First International Conference of the Chinese Association of Liberal Education called Summit Forum on Chinese Liberal Education, November 2012: “Columbia, UCAME, and the Global Core”
Speaker, the 17th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts & Courses sponsored by Yale University, April 2011: “Inculturation and Global Core Curricula: Tongmong so(nsu(p (Primer for Youth) as a Case Study”
Speaker, Second International Conference on Liberal Education organized by the Ministiry of Eduaction and National Chiao-tung University, Taiwan, January 2010: “Tongmong so(nsu(p (????): An Introduction to a Korean Neo-Confucian Classic for the Global Core Curriculum”
Panelist, the 15th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts & Courses: “Coming Together of Surnames: Integration of World Classics into Core Curriculum,” April 2009.
Speaker, First International Conference on Classics for An Emerging World organized by Association for Core Texts and Courses, USA; and the Committee for Asia and Middle East and the Heymen Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, January 2008: “State of Core-Curricula among South Korean Universities”
Lecturer, AWCA Semi-Annual Lectures, 2006: “Religious Traditions in Asia” I-IV, Asian Women’s Christian Association, NJ, May 2006
Keynote Speaker, Second Annual “Discovering Korea” Conference organized and sponsored by Korea Culture Foundation, Korea Society, YWCA of Queens, and Young Korean American Network, May 2006: “What’s in a Surname?”
Speaker, Fifth Annual Underwood Conference sponsored by the Institute of Reformed Theological Studies, April 2006: “Underwood’s Korea: Crossroad of the Christian Mission”
Panelist, Academic Forum celebrating Presidential Inauguration, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, January 2006: “Creating Space for Interfaith Community: Inculturation and the Interfaith Within”
Lecturer, Adoption Forum 2004 organized by Chinese Christian Coalition of New York, October 2004: “ANGEL(Adoptees’ Network for Good Education & Leadership) School: A Case for Organizing the Korean American Adoptees’ Network”
Keynote Speaker, 16th Annual A Light Community International Conference organized by Light Community International Foundation, January 2004: “How Should We Then Prepare: Responsibilities of Chinese American Christian Community Toward the Recent Surge of American International Adoption from China”
Speaker, Second Annual Underwood Conference sponsored by the Institute of Reformed Theological Studies, April 2003: “Underwood in 19th Century World Mission Context”
Guest Lecturer, Council of Churches of the City of New York, November 2001: “Redefining Christianity in Korea”
Keynote Speaker, Annual Teachers Convention of the Reformed Church of America, March 2001: “Christian Education in American Korean Multi-Cultural Setting”
Lecturer, Tyrannus North American Lectures 2001, held at the Times Square Church and the Princeton Theological Seminary: “From Princeton Fundamentalism to Brooklyn Tabernacle: A Case for Broadening the American Religious Foundation to Third World Theology”
Association of Korean Christian Scholars in North America, 2001: “Three Lessons from Wonhyo for Second Generation Korean American Christian Leadership & Heritage Education”
Lecturer, Tyrannus North American Lectures 2000, held at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago: “Moody, Graham, and Hybels from an Asian Religious Perspective”
Lecturer, Colorado Church Council Lectures, in series: Spring, Summer, Fall, 1999; Winter, 2000: “Theologizing Church History” I – IV
Lecturer, Dallas Korean Church Council Lectures, 1998: “Yankee Jesus and the Asian Spirituality”
Plenary Speaker, Association of Korean Christian Scholars in North America, 1997: “Jesus for Korea”
+ Pending publication, final manuscripts in talks with publishers.
MISSION AND GLOBAL OUTREACH ACTIVITIES (Abbreviated)
Founder/Director of Programs, Stump Overseas Mission dba NY Tentmakers Mission House, 1991-present
NYMH is a mission and education institution dedicated to “Building Community through Cultivation of Self and Others,” a secular synthesis of Neo-Confucian and Christian communitarian principles adapted to urban New York contexts. NYMH actively develops and runs such community education and fellowship programs as:
Hakdang Seminars and Tentmakers Training Programs (founded in 1996; see above under “Teaching Career”) is at the core of NY Mission House programs in consideration of the fact that the level of maturity in volunteers’ faith and theology has incalculable and long-term influence on the communities where they live, work, and witness. Once accepted on the basis of interview screening process, volunteers take part in weekly Tentmakers Training sessions both before and throughout their tenure as missionaries, actively developing their faith and commitment by recharging intellectually as well as spiritually for their call.
Adoptees Network for Good Education & Leadership (ANGEL) Academy (begun in 2004; changed from American Multi-Cultural Institute founded in 1995) provides language and heritage education to adoptees of Korean/Asian origin and their families with graduated curriculum specifically designed to strengthen adoptees’ positive sense of bi-cultural identity and leadership. As a non-profit institution ANGEL is run entirely by the corps of volunteer teachers and administrative staff trained through Hakdang and NY Mission House Tentmakers Training Programs.
Hope of Harlem, begun in 1994 in association with the Council of Churches of the City of New York, focuses on offering children of Harlem area an opportunity to develop academic, social, and leadership skills through after-school computer classes, Taekwondo, and mentoring under broadly Christian settings. Another goal of the Hope of Harlem is to promote harmony in African-American and Korean relations through cross-cultural programs that include special lectures, guided tours to the historic centers of Harlem, and the growing African American collection in the Hakdang Library.
Para Esperanza, begun in 2000, mission was developed in partnership with Jisan Corporation in Manhattan to share the gospel with the mostly Hispanic textiles workers in the garment district area through Bible study, prayer meetings, Christmas Santa and other fellowship programs, as well as career and community counseling, and access to legal and medical help.
The purpose of the American Board of Chinese-Korean Mission (ABCKM, founded in 1997) is to foster dedicated missionaries among the more than 20,000 Chinese-Korean American legal and illegal immigrants in the New York metropolitan area, who especially upon returning to their families in China would be empowered to be seeds of Christian witnessing in that vast country. ABCKM currently reaches out to these some of the most underprivileged immigrants with free ESL classes, job counseling and skills training, computer classes, education on basics of U.S. infrastructure, fellowship events, and building networks with the larger Korean Christian community–all designed to meet the special practical and spiritual needs of the community. ABCKM has borne much fruit in the last 15 years, including the formation of several Chinese- Korean American associations as well as the Chinese-Korean Mission Church. In 2004 ABCKM together with Wanbang Academy co-sponsored the research & mission fieldwork in Beijing centered on the “State of Religions in Contemporary Northern China.”
Special Projects Advisor, University Committee on Asia and the Middle East (UCAME), Columbia University, New York, NY, 2009-present
UCAME at Columbia University is one of the earliest institutions in the United States founded to promote the teaching of non-Western classics as part of “core curriculum” at the university level.
- Advising Committee to the First International Conference on Classics for an Emerging World, January 2008, with over 60 faculty and administrators from Beijing, Tsinghua, Fudan, and Renmin Universities in China, Seoul National and Songgyunkwan Universities in South Korea, as well as leading universities from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and throughout the U.S. including Tokyo, Taiwan National, Chiao-tung, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Harvard, Yale, Notre Dame, Boston, and Rutgers.
- Ongoing development of partnership programs, scholar exchanges, etc. on core curriculum related issues with Fudan, Tsinghua, Seoul National, Songgyunkwan, Korea, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
- Preparation for Columbia/UCAME’s leading role in the international conference organized by Chinese Association for Liberal Education (CALE), a consortium of over 100 universities, to be held in Beijing in November, 2013.
- Planning for Columbia/UCAME’s participation in the 2014 Conference of the International Confucius Association on special invitation by the ICA Chair Jung-Don Seo.
- Preparation for “Great Books Seminar” in summer 2014 for liberal arts college faculty on developing and teaching global literature humanities courses; sponsored by the Association for Core Texts & Courses and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Met with the Secretary of the Ministry of Education Chiang Wei-ling and the Director of National Curriculum Chung-I Lin in Taiwan, January 2010, to discuss mutual concerns regarding liberal education and areas of coordinated effort to overcome them.
- Advising Committee for the Second International Conference for Liberal Education, sponsored by the National Chiao-tung University, Taiwan, in January 2010.
- In October of 2009 traveled to South Korea to meet with President Jung-Don Seo of Sunggyunkwan University, who had also just been elected Chairman of the International Confucius Association. Successfully negotiated support for Columbia’s active role in the 2014 ICA conference.
- That same October, met with President Kisu Lee of Korea University and Dr. Yongsik Kim, Director of the Kyujanggak National Archives Library of South Korea, to discuss avenues of partnership, including privileged access to Kyujanggak’s collection of rare books and documents.
Participant (by invitation only), the First International Conference of the Chinese Association of Liberal Education called “Summit Forum on Chinese Liberal Education,” held in Xian, China, November 2012
Advisor, “Toward Interculturation: Pedagogy for an Emerging World,” at the University Seminar on Global & Interdisciplinary Core Curricula at Columbia University, April 23, 2012.
Advisor, on “Toward a Global Core: Great Teachers, Great Teachings, and Great Texts” at the 17th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts & Courses sponsored by Yale University, April 2011.
Advising Committee, the 16th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts & Courses co-sponsored by Columbia University, introduced Columbia/UCAME’s leadership in global core curricular approach and design, April 2010.
Participant (by invitation only), the Second International Conference for Liberal Education sponsored by the Ministry of Education and National Chiao-tung University, Taiwan, January 2010.
Participant, the 15th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts & Courses, April 2009.
Organizing Committee, First International Conference on Classics for An Emerging World organized by Association for Core Texts and Courses, USA; and the Committee for Asia and Middle East and the Heymen Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, January 2008
Participant (by invitation only), Workshop for Development of Multicultural Curricula on theme of “Human Nature & Natural World”, 2006, Heyman Center, Columbia University
Participant (by invitation only), Workshop for Development of Multicultural Curricula on theme of “Nobility & Civility”, 2005, Columbia University and Mellon Foundation
Honorary Chair, 17th Annual A Light Community International Conference, 2005, Light Community International Foundation, NY
Honorary Chair, 16th Annual A Light Community International Conference, 2004, Light Community International Foundation, NY
Co-Chair (w/ John Coakley, President of the Institute of Reformed Theological Studies), First Annual Underwood Conference, 2002
Member, Regional Seminar for Neo-Confucian Studies, Heyman Center for Humanities, NY, 1992-present
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS
30th Anniversary Special Award, Asian Women Christian Association, 2010
Outstanding Community Service Award, Korean Community Services, 2009
Lifetime Achievement Award, Light Community International Foundation, 2005
Outstanding Community Leadership Award, Korean Community Services, 2004
Star of Harmony Award for Outstanding Community Service, United Nations, 1997