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Horace G Underwood

Underwood Symposium

Each May for the last five years, New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Saemoonan Presbyterian Church in Seoul, Korea, the first of so many congregations founded by Horace G. Underwood, have cosponsored the Underwood International Symposium. This two day lecture series has encouraged a bridge of dialogue and discernment between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity. Dr. Underwood was an 1884 graduate of NBTS and spent his entire life as a missionary in Korea. His commitment to the gospel helping to transform individuals and societies played a major role in the dramatic growth of Christianity in Korea.

The Symposium has had a distinguished list of keynote speakers, including Dr. Richard Mouw, President of Fuller Seminary; Dr. Thomas Long of the Chandler School of Theology at Emory University; Dr. Susan Hardman Moore of New College of Edinburgh, Scotland; Dr. Ronald Sider, internationally recognized evangelical author of books advocating justice for the poor; and Dr. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, recently retired General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America.

For the first time in its brief history, this year's symposium, which focused on God's Heart for Unity, was held for a second time at the Pilgrim Church in Paramus, NJ, for the benefit of local lay leaders and pastors. The symposium was sponsored by New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Saemoonan Presbyterian Church and Pilgrim Church in Paramus, NJ.

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker for 2013 will be Dr. Diana Butler Bass, a deeply respected commentator and author regarding the renewal of the church.

New Brunswick Theological Seminary is raising $1.5 million to establish the Horace G. Underwood Chair in Global Christianity. To date, the Seminary has raised approximately one million dollars in gifts and pledges toward endowing the Underwood Chair. The Underwood Professor of Global Christianity will teach the Seminary's courses in world mission history and the theological study of the missionary mandate of the Christian church in the 21st century, as well as coordinate and expand the Seminary's relationships with schools, churches and programs around the world.

Join us in our mission as we continue to make history and change the future of New Brunswick Theological Seminary and our Global Community. For more information about donating to the Underwood Chair, please contact Cathy Proctor, Director of Development at (732)247-5241 x 134 or cproctor@nbts.edu. Also, visit our historic Gardner A. Sage Library to see the Horace G. Underwood Memorial.

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