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The James Backhouse Lecture 2018

2018 James Backhouse Lecture

An Encounter between Quaker Mysticism and Taoism in Everyday Life 
by Cho-Nyon Kim

Monday 9 July, 7.15pm
Ella Hughes Chapel
on the Campus of Avondale College
Cooranbong NSW 2265

This 53rd Backhouse Lecture presented by The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia, explores Cho-Nyon Kim’s spiritual journey in the Korean religious environment, in which Confucianism, Buddhism. Taoism and Christianity have all influenced cultural practice and been integrated into daily life.

Cho-Nyon Kim is inspired by the life and thoughts of Ham Sok Hon, a prominent Korean peace activist and Quaker. He asks how we can live a simple life in a complex world. He wants to focus on how we can create a peaceful society in the face of nationalism and self-centredness.

Quakerism has similarities to Taoism in its mysticism and its sense of waiting in a meditative way. He concludes that he must “lead my life in the manner of those who always seek truth with an open mind”.

About the Author

Cho-Nyon Kim is a Quaker from the Daejon Quaker Meeting in South Korea. He is a professor of Sociology and edits a magazine on Ham Sok Hon, the prominent Korean Friend known internationally for his peace and justice witness.

Cho-Nyon Kim is deeply committed to peace and care for the environment. His special interest is the encounter between Quaker mysticism and Taoism. He attended the World Gathering of Friends in Peru in January 2016, and Yearly Meeting in July 2016 in Australia. He is and AVP-Korea facilitator. He will give the public lecture at the German Quaker Yearly Meeting in 2018.

The James Backhouse Lecture, commonly known as the Backhouse Lecture, is a public lecture on contemporary issues delivered annually at the national gathering of Quakers in Australia.


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