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The Rev. Kevin James, pastor at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, and his wife, Linda, recently returned from an eight-day trip to South Korea where they participated in a cross-racial and cross-cultural travel seminar.
James is one of 19 United Methodist Church pastors, generally of African American descent, throughout the United States who were selected as a racial-ethnic clergy serving in a large Caucasian majority church.
The couple was two of the seven participants on the trip, with other pastors joining the delegation from Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, Philadelphia and North Carolina. The seminar was organized by HiRho Park, executive director of clergy lifelong learning and UMC cyber campus.
“This trip was one of the travel seminars I provide for UMC clergy. This one was especially for racial-ethnic clergy who are serving large Caucasian majority churches,” Park said.
The goal of the trip, she explained, was to share experience and wisdom, explore ways to collaborate, raise consciousness about the need for intercultural and interracial justice ministry in South Korea, learn about the Korean Methodist Church, visit with students and faculty from large churches and experience the culture.
“It was a three-fold trip,” said James. “It was an academic, cultural and spiritual encounter. They taught us their culture and their concerns and we did the same, it was vice versa.”
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