Korea 2020: Spiritual Renewal Immersion Experience
September 2-10, 2020
This educational travel experience, sponsored by the UM Foundation of Western PA, will be an exciting opportunity to witness firsthand how Methodism is working as a thriving and faithful conduit of strength and grace for a nation that seeks its own spiritual and social healing from the painful experiences of historical subjugation to other nations.
In addition to gaining a deeper appreciation for the culture and history of the Korean people, this experience will be an encouragement in our own work to continue striving to be more faithful and thriving in personal and social holiness.
Purpose of the trip
To see the legacy of missionary work in Korea from the past century
To experience the contagious hospitality of the Korean Methodists
To promote Worldwide Methodism
To witness discipleship in the Korean context
To experience and learn from the church growth and prayer movement in Korea
To learn about the cultural heritage and history of Korean people, including their struggles through colonization, 36 years of Japanese occupation, and the partitioning of their nation from the Cold War
Who should go?
Pastors and laity who want to experience Korean culture with an emphasis on spiritual renewal and learn about the history of the Methodist Church in Korea should join us for this exciting opportunity.
Our host church
Bupyeong Korean Methodist Church
Near Incheon, South Korea
20 miles from Seoul
Each day consists of Early Morning Prayer at 5:00 A.M. Meals are generally at 8:00 A.M., Noon, and 6:00 P.M.
You can also expect to experience the following:
Korean Culture Immersion – food and music
Peace with Justice – visiting & praying at Unification Observatory
Legacy – visit to missionary cemetery
Classes – Rev. Hong’s lectures (church history & ministry)
Spiritual Renewal – worship and prayer
Mission – hands-on mission/service experience.
Participant out-of-pocket costs will largely depend on airfare. You should plan on approximately $1,600 (Pittsburgh to Incheon-Seoul). Your room, meals, and other transportation needs will be graciously provided by the host church, the Bupyeong Korean Methodist Church. A nonrefundable fee of $300 must be received by January 1, 2020.
How do I register?
Complete an application form here
All participants must be recommended by the Program Committee of the United Methodist Foundation upon review of the submitted application form. A limited number of scholarships are available for clergy and their spouses through the Olmsted Manor Perry Educational Fund.
There will be a required orientation retreat at Olmsted Manor. The purpose of this retreat is to prepare our hearts for our trip and meet your traveling companions, to provide information that will be helpful for international travel, and to share basic information about Korean Culture and review our itinerary.
Interested? Want to learn more?
Contact Rev. Ed Bailey, Executive Director UMFWPA