Support Aeon Donate now In the beginning was the thing, and the thing was against God. So might begin the gospel of American secularism. But it is undeniable. Inwith the adoption of its Constitution, the United States became the first modern republic founded on a legal separation of church and state.
The rise of a secular culture, combined with an increasing number of self-identified atheists and agnostics in western societies, has led to a certain amount of handwringing among religious believers. It would be nearer the truth to say that America is a narcissistic ‘who cares’ society when it comes to politics than to say it is a secular society. And then there is this. United States, officially United States of America, abbreviated U.S. or U.S.A., byname America, country in North America, a federal republic of 50 states. Besides the 48 conterminous states that occupy the middle latitudes of the continent, the United States includes the state of Alaska, at the northwestern extreme of North America, and the .
Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywomen. Edited by Grace Ji-Sun Kim. Foreword by Neal D. Each of us have stories to tell, and each story has a context. I am, for instance, a white straight married male Protestant clergyman living in the United States. My experiences in life will be different from a Korean American clergywoman.
One major difference is that society is more likely to accept my identity as a member of the clergy than a Korean woman. Indeed, to be a woman in a Korean context is to flout expectations, even more so than for a white woman.
Here I Am is a collection of stories.
In many cases these are stories of survival and perseverance in the face of difficult cultural challenges. To be Korean in America presents one set of challenges. To be a woman called to ministry in a Korean context presents another set of challenges. So, I want to thank Grace for entrusting these stories to my care.
Having the opportunity to read them has been an enriching experience. The book is a collection of essays written by Korean American Presbyterian clergywomen. The stories are personal and theological. Indeed, the third section of the book is comprised of sermons, which in themselves are revealing of identity and call.
Throughout the book the contributors explore the dynamics of being women and Korean. They face the reality that the broader society sees them as different, even foreign. At the same time, they face the challenge of a highly patriarchal Korean society. One element of the story that I had not even thought of concerned the role of Confucianism in Korean culture.
Having recently read a book that suggested the value of a Confucian form of Christianity Confucius for Christians by Gregg Tenn ElshofI was introduced to a different side of the issue. What I discovered from these essays is that Korean Christians find it as difficult to disentangle Christianity from Confucianism as European American Christians find it difficult to separate out the European cultural elements that have been embedded in Western Christianity.
With these cultural issues in mind, I discovered that the hurdles placed before these women are exceedingly high. Much higher than hurdle I may have faced along the way toward my own ordination.
Even as the Korean context presents difficulties, so do the American cultural dynamics.Indeed, I would go as far to say that Denmark is the most secular society I have ever lived in. In a poll conducted in , approximately 25 percent of Danes identified as atheists, as compared to 6 percent of their American counterparts.
A Hamilton County, Ohio, judge took a transgender teen away from her parents on Friday because they refused to allow the year-old to undergo hormone treatments as part of a female-to-male. PREFACE. A constant feature of the life of the Church.
The burgeoning of associations of the laity, which are such a typical feature of the contemporary Church, is by no means unprecedented in the Church’s history. America is at a crossroads.
Political leaders as diverse as President Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole, and House Speaker Newt Gingrich all have articulated popular concerns and fears. Religion and Secularism: The American Experience Some of the nation’s leading journalists gathered in Key West, Fla., in December , for the Pew Forum’s biannual conference on religion.
By some key measures, Americans ages 18 to 29 are considerably less religious than older Americans. Fewer young adults belong to .