Bishop Jung wrote a commentary for United Methodist News that was originally published here.

We, the Korean United Methodist Church, are a faith community of the Korean ethnic minority churches, and we have a history of more than 130 years. The early Korean immigrant church was a bridgehead in the immigration of Koreans to America, often serving as a center for immigrants who had left their homeland. The early Korean immigrants — the workers in sugar plantations in Honolulu, Hawaii, the pioneers who sought liberation from Japanese colonialism, and the exiles escaping political turmoil—formed the early United Methodist Church.

The formation of The United Methodist Church is also deeply rooted in the history of America because of our confession of faith. Our faith is grounded in scriptural holiness that seeks the spread of God’s kingdom here on earth. We are proud to be part of The United Methodist Church, whose faith movement has been an agent of social change in various aspects of American history, including the U.S. constitution and politics.

Also, within the Korean United Methodist community is the presence of John Wesley’s evangelistic spirit. Wesley’s reform movement that brings faith to social action is a crucial part of our history. And, I am thankful that we were the first Christian denomination to engage in missions among the early Korean immigrants. This Wesleyan spirit and passion to transform the world through personal and social sanctification is regarded as a tradition of the Korean United Methodist Church.

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