Underwood Center for Global Education
|“I have a vision of Christian homes, Christian villages, Christian rules, and a Christian government; and guiding and influencing it all, I see an organized Church, with a competent, well-trained, thoroughly consecrated native ministry-a united, non-sectarian Church of Christ, where there are neither Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Jews nor Greek, Barbarian, Seythian, bond nor free, circumcised nor uncircumcised, but Christ is all in all”
– Horace G. Underwood
The Call of Korea
Horace Underwood (1859-1916) graduated from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1884, and later in that same year was appointed by the Board of Missions of the Northern Presbyterian Church to serve in Korea. He became a pioneer in Christian mission in that country, engaging in evangelism, church planting, education, and public life. In recent years, his legacy has become the basis of exciting new initiatives in cooperative mission between the Seminary and partner churches and institutions of theological education in Korea.
The Underwood Project
New Brunswick Theological Seminary has nurtured and valued a close relationship with Korean churches and educational institutions since 1985. Because of its unique bond with Korea, the Seminary established the Underwood Project in 2001. The mission of the Underwood Project is to strengthen relationships between New Brunswick Theological Seminary and the seminaries, educational institutions and churches in Korea, as well as the United States, in order to promote pedagogical and ministerial discussions concerning cross-cultural and global education..
The Underwood International Symposium
The first annual Underwood International Symposium was held in Korea in March 2008 and has continued each Spring. The symposium is co-sponsored by Saemoonan Church, the first church established by Dr. Underwood. Yonsei University and Presbyterian Theological College and Seminary also supported the conference. The keynote speakers for the Symposium have been President Richard Mouw of Fuller Theological Seminary (2008), Dr. Thomas Long of Emory University (2009), Dr. Susan Hardman Moore of University of Edinburgh (2010), Dr. Ron Snider of Palmer Seminary (2011), Dr. Wesley Granberg Michealson, author (2012), and Dr. Diana Butler Bass (2013).
The Underwood Chair in Global Christianity
Endowed chairs are critical to sustained excellence at New Brunswick Theological Semianry. We are 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 ofthe 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.
In April 2017, we held the inaugural event of the Horace G. Underwood Center for Global Christianity!
You can view the video of the event below – including the keynote address “Missiological Challenges in a Globalized Context,” or Click here for more information about the event.
The Underwood Memorial
The Seminary recently commissioned a sculptor, Dr. Charles McCollough, to create a bust of Dr. Underwood to be placed in perpetuity in Gardner A. Sage Library. Dr. Underwood spent many hours in Sage Library preparing for ministry. The Seminary is grateful for a donation from the United School of Theology at Yonsei University towards this memorial.
Through the generosity of Praise Presbyterian Church in Somerset, New Jersey, the Seminary has produced a video highlighting the ministry of The Rev. Dr. Horace G. Underwood and its roots in the Seminary’s rich mission history. View it in either English or Korean.
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In the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Horace Grant Underwood’s death, 연세대학교 Yonsei University held an event on October 12, 2016 to honor him and dedication to the Korean society. While watching the video, we will remember Underwood’s work and contribution to the Korean society and take a moment to think how we continue to carry on his work.