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>> 와단 님이 쓰신 내용 << : : 1. History of Korean Quakers : : By Bo-Kyom Jin : : After the Korean War, some British and American Quakers came to : Korea for rehabilitation programs. After the overseas workers had left Korea, some of the Korean assistants of the programs held the first : Quaker Meeting in 1958 and some American Friends who worked at the international Cooperation Administration in Seoul supported : them. Meeting began with silent worship for thirty minutes, and : about an hour was given for study and fellowship. : : FWCC encouraged Seoul Friends to build relationship with Japan : Yearly Meeting or with Honolulu MM and two of the Koreans : became Quakers whose membership belonged to Honolulu Meeting : in 1958. Historically, Japan and Korea have had a difficult : relationship since Korea was colonized and devastated by Japan. So it : was difficult for us to intervisit for some time. The same year, AFSC : energetically tried to bring some Koreans to the seminars and work : camps in Japan and Korean Friends began to participate in the : program. As the result of their visits, correspondence with Japanese : Friends began taking place. In 1961, FWCC began sponsoring some : visitors and Friends in residence in Korea and Seoul Friends : requested a direct and official relationship with FWCC. The Meeting : then had about thirty regular attenders and study programs were actively carried out and FWCC helped strengthen its links with : overseas Friends. : : In 1964, with the help of overseas Friends, a meeting place for the : Seoul Friends was purchased after having had to change places of : worship ten times in 6 years.“Seoul Friends Meeting Monthly : Newsletter” was published in 1966. The Meeting decided to take up : the leper village in Tandong as its main service project. The visiting : Friends from Japan, USA, Australia and England, have strengthened : us very much. : Every Sunday, Bible study was led by Sok Hon Ham, who was a : widely recognized spiritual leader in Korea. In 1967, Seoul Meeting : became a Monthly Meeting under the care of the FWCC. The visit of : the Chairperson of FWCC, Douglas Steere and his wife Dorothy in : 1967 and his public lecture at the YMCA with about one hundred : people in the audience meant a great deal in Quaker outreach. At the : same year, Sok Hon Ham left Korea for the USA to attend the : Greensboro Gathering and the tenth triennial meeting of FWCC. : After the meeting, he attended the Pacific Yearly Meeting, studied at : Pendle Hill and visited many Friends Meetings and Friends in the : United States and Japan. International Quaker contacts such as work : camps, travel and study abroad(at Pendle Hill or at Woodbrooke in : England), participation in Quaker conferences, an inter-visitation : program with Japanese Quakers, and numerous visiting friends : contributed greatly to nurturing Korean Friends during the 1970s and : 1980s and are still an enriching experience to us. : : In 1980, SMM was active having a study group, outreach activities : and raised a voice of conscience under the dictatorship of military : government. Under the leadership of Sok Hon Ham, Seoul MM : flourished with members and attenders at its height numbering close : to fifty. In 1988, a second floor was added to the meetinghouse to : meet the demand of the growing memberships. In 1990s, Seoul MM : went through a dark period after the demise of Sok Hon Ham. : Fortunately, since 2000, Seoul MM has revived some of its vitality. : : 2. State of the Meeting : Over the past year our number of members has decreased from 20 to : 10. Some of the attenders are Americans who are married to Koreans In the past few years, a worshipping group began to meet regularly : and more than 10 F/friends continues to gather every week in Daejon : (a city 2 hours far from Seoul) They have established a vibrant, : worshipping and studying community. We used to have a retreat : annually but there were no retreats in 2007/8 because of the absence : of initiatives or the decrease of members. Vocal ministries are rare in : Seoul MM and sometimes I feel eager for vocal ministries in my : Meeting. In addition, the financial situation of SMM has gotten worse : mainly as monthly donations decreased. : : Since 2007, AVP programs have been introduced by a Korean Friend : (Jonghee Lee) and co-facilitated by her and German Friends : (including Ute Caspers). Most of the participants were NGO activists. : A Direct Education workshop facilitated by George Leakey from the : USA was also held in Seoul last year. : We are planning a Korea version of Faith and Practice. I know you : have made your own Faith and Practice and hope that Australian : Friends will give some useful advice to us. : : Last year we had quarterly gatherings named Family gatherings. The : intention is for us to invite our family members who are not Quakers : and sing together and share food and fellowship. : : We have an annual gathering (business meeting and fellowship) : : 3. Committee activities : : We have Peace Service committee, Learning committee, Outreach : committee, library and website committee, Facilities care committee, : Finance committee. Our committees are not fully functioning partly : due to shortage of manpower but we are thankful that we could : maintain this Meeting and carried out some service activities. : From the beginning of the Korean Quaker history, service work was : emphasized. As a first step, medicines were supplied to two : Tuberculosis patients beginning in 1961 for two years. Work camps : for orphans and the blind, In 1964, a house for leper patients was : built. Emergency food was supplied in 1960s. In 2003, the Meeting : participated in an anti Iraq War demonstration and actively raised : funds to help anti Iraq War activists’ organizations. The meeting now : supports Foreign Migrant Workers Center , Ssi-Al Women’s Center, : and the Anti-Mine Association. Since the Korean War, landmines that were buried during the war have become a threat to civilians but : those victims haven’t been cared enough by Korean government. : Our program consists of Business Meeting every 1st Sunday; George : Fox Journal reading 2nd Sunday; Pendle Hill pamphlet discussion : group every 3rd Sunday; Bible reading group every 4th Sunday. : : 4. Children in the Meeting : : Child care issues emerged again during the 2008 annual meeting. At : present, a few children attend the Meeting irregularly and SMM is : going to assign F/fs to take care of them during the worship in case : children come. : : 5. International Contacts : : Sister Meetings : Canberra/Australia, Kapiti/ New Zealand, JYM : Hosted 2005 AWPS Section Gathering. Korean Friends have : attended international Friends gatherings including Bhopal, India : gathering and Auckland and Dublin Triennials. : : Epilogue :In December 2008, Seoul Friends had their annual meeting : to review the past year and to think about and plan 2009. We are : thankful that we could maintain this tiny meeting and that our : worshiping group is getting more active. :
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