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Korean Caucus


Kyeongil Jung
kj2157@columbia.edu

For many decades, Union has sincerely supported Korean theologians and ministers while they have struggled to develop "Korean Theology" focusing on justice for the poor and peace for the Korean Peninsula. Especially after Korean War, numerous Korean students have come to Union in order to learn about the most progressive theologies in response to the Korean context. Many of Korean graduates from Union are currently leading theologians, ministers and social activists both in Korea and in the United States. Union’s education encouraged many Koreans to develop contextualized Korean theology, which articulated "justice" against military dictatorship during the 1960s through 1980s. Especially, former Korean President, Kim, Dae-Jung who was also awarded Nobel Peace Prize, took a refuge at Union when a military dictator politically persecuted him in the late 1980s.

At the same time, Korean students and scholars have contributed to Union's unique legacy of theological, cultural, and ethnic diversity, living Union's spirit at various places. Many of Korean graduates are the ones who have embellished the name of Union over the world of conflicts. Occasionally, Korean scholars have visited Union, holding conferences to introduce new theological perspectives from Asian minjungs to the Union community.

Korean Caucus takes a pride of its long presence at Union, making Union’s theology more international, intercultural, and interreligious. The Caucus consists of Korean scholars, Korean natives and Korean descendents. We annually hold conferences, seminars, cultural events, and graduation party. If you are related to Korea - either North or South - or love Korea - because of people, culture, or thoughts, you are always more than welcome to join the Korean Caucus.

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