Monthly Archives: March 2013

26 March 2013, Republic of Korea

Another late start, 10:00 AM, allowed me to take pictures of the guesthouse where I am spending three nights.

The Rev. Dr. Hyunju Bae picked me up and we drove to Busan Presbyterian University where she teaches. BPU functions as one of the seminaries in the Presbyterian Church of Korea. We had a great conversation with the Rev. Dr. Moo Youl Choi, president of the university.

I preached at the chapel service for the university. Master of Divinity students attended this particular service. Lunch followed in one of the university dining areas.

Hyunju and MarkAfter a quick cup of tea, the Rev. Dr. Bae and I headed off to a meeting of the Busan WCC Preparatory Committee. My presentation to them focused on ecumenism. I shared my experiences as well as some of the ways the Presbyterian Church works ecumenically.

The Rev. Dr. Bae and I then had dinner before I returned to the guesthouse. A good day.

See you along the Trail.

The photo shows the Rev. Dr. Hyunju Bae and I speaking to the Busan WCC Preparatory Committee.


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25 March 2013, Republic of Korea

A late start – 10:30 a.m. – when the Rev. Dr. JC Lee arrived to pick me up at the Amour & Symphony Hotel in Suwon. He drove us to Seoul.

IMG_0561We visited the Gyeonbokgung Palace  – the main palace of the Joeson Dynasty. It is magnificent. We also spent a few minutes in the National Folk Museum of Korea, located next door to the palace.

After lunch, we went to the Institute of Doctor of Ministry of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea. The Rev. Dr. Lee is the Dean of the Institute. I presented on why the Church engages in the public arena.

With two of the Rev. Dr. Lee’s colleagues, we made our way to the Seoul Train Station. As we mounted the stairs to the station, we saw a Bennigan’s Restaurant. “Do you want to eat at Bennigan’s?” asked the Rev. Dr. Lee. I have never said no to him when he has asked me about eating.

The meal ended. We entered the station and bid farewell to the other teachers at the Institute. We made our way to the KTX Bullet Train. We boarded and rode to Jinyoung.

The Rev. Dr. Hyunju Bae, the Rev. Dr. Lee’s wife and the one who extended the invitation to me to visit, met us there. We drove to a traditional Korean house in Gimhae where I am spending the night.

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Graceful exit

On the road to the Incheon airport,
as the sun climbed slowly over the hills,
we watched the moon dissolve
in the gentle blue sea sky and
fade from view,
making yet another
graceful exit.

29 March 2013

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photo (10)We stopped today at a tea house near the Nakdong River. In that beautiful setting, we drank and drank different types of tea prepared and served by the owner. Teacups, teapots, and tea surrounded us, placed on the rugged wood design of the interior.

Only at the end did I learn that the tea was caffeine free. I had a great time at the tea house and have managed to stay awake despite that.

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Lent 43: Help

Adam and Sean moving board

New Orleans, Louisiana
28 December 2009

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Korea Update

I am well and having a great time. For some reason, I am having issues posting from my computer. This is from my phone. Hopefully that will change soon and I can get back to boring you.

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Lent 42: Light


New York, New York
13 March 2013

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