on-off_korean_film.jpgOn September 30, a film crew from Korea spent the day on campus shooting footage for a documentary film they are making in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Presbyterian Church in Korea in 2012. They filmed students in class and in chapel, and interviewed Professor Sam Moffett and his wife, Eileen, who were missionaries in Korea for much of their career; Professor Jim Moorhead, who spoke about the history of the Presbyterian Church in the United States; and President Torrance, who has visited Korea twice and spoke about the theology of the Reformed tradition, and the relationship of Presbyterian churches in Korea, America, and Europe.

Dr. Kyung-Chik Han

In December, a second Korean film crew came to campus as part of their work on a documentary film about Dr. Kyung-Chik Han, one of Korea’s most prominent pastors of the twentieth century. Han fled North Korea in 1945 and began a small church when he arrived in Seoul. Under his leadership, that church became the Young Nak Church, the largest Presbyterian congregation in the world. Han was honored as a Princeton Seminary Distinguished Alumnus in 1985, and in 1992 won the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

While in Princeton, the crew took footage of the campus, of the room in Hodge Hall where Han lived when he was a student, and of the portrait of Han that hangs in Luce Library.