Claremont to Offer Korean Language Courses


Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:22AM

Beginning in Fall 2012, Disciples Seminary Foundation (DSF) and Claremont School of Theology (CST) will offer Korean language courses for bilingual ministerial education. The goal is to have a bilingual (Korean/English) M.Div. program beginning in 2013, with a majority of courses taught in Korean language.

Beginning in Fall 2012, Disciples Seminary Foundation (DSF) will expand its long-time partnership with Claremont School of Theology (CST) to make it possible for CST to offer Korean language courses for bilingual ministerial education. The goal is that this expanded partnership with DSF will result in a bilingual (Korean/English) M.Div. program beginning in 2013, with a majority of courses taught in Korean language.

Disciples Seminary Foundation has launched this initiative in cooperation with leaders in Korean-American churches in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination. The goal of the initiative is to better educate pastors who can minister effectively in both Korean and English, with a capacity to understand and pastor a variety of Korean-American congregations. The Korean language courses will be open to all Korean-speaking students.

Claremont alumnus Rev. Dr. Aaron W. Park (PhD 99) will serve as Director of Korean Studies for DSF and will work under the auspices of CST to design the curriculum and recruit faculty. All courses will be reviewed by the CST Curriculum Committee and meet rigorous academic standards, and all faculty will be approved through the CST faculty review process. The result will be an ecumenical student body taught by a rigorously selected and experienced faculty including pastors and scholars from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as well as other denominations.

Rev. Dr. Aaron W. Park earned the Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Claremont Graduate University in 1999, and is the author of The Book of Amos as Composed and Read in Antiquity (2001). Dr. Park is an ordained Disciples minister who serves as one of the co-pastors of Saegil Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Burbank, California. He serves the larger church as moderator of the Korean Disciples Convocation in the Pacific Southwest Region, and is a member of the regional Committee on Ministry as well as the board of Church Extension.

In 2012-2013, four Korean-language courses will be offered, including introductory courses for Hebrew Bible and New Testament, as well as a full year of Biblical Greek. Further information on the courses and the program is available at the program website, http://www.koreanmdiv.com.

For more information, please contact the program director at apark@dsf.edu.


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