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No regional autonomy in UBF 
20th-Oct-2006 03:48 pm
Take a look at this announcement from UBF Official website. UBF HQ developed a new committee to "develop an education program for missionaries as well as staff worldwide." But look at the committee members: P. Ron Ward, Dr. Paul Hong, M. Mark Yang, Dr. James Kim, M. Daniel Yang, Dr. Jim Rabchuk, Dr. Abraham T. Kim and Dr. John Jun. As far as I know, they are all from UBF chapters in USA. This is ridiculous.

The committee is supposed to "develop an education program for missionaries as well as staff worldwide." But there is no representive from any other UBF chapters outside USA! Then how can this committee "develop an education program for missionaries as well as staff worldwide"? Any education program that this committee may come up with will have only the flavor of the UBF USA.

For example, Europe and USA are very much different from one another. But the European UBF chapters must accept whatever the education program that this committee, which is made up with only USA UBF leaders, develops since European UBF chapters do not have any representives in this committee. By excluding members from other contries, John Jun can use the education program that this committee develops to increase his power in UBF. Another thing to note is that the committee members are all males. But I have to admit that this committee is a great improvement compared to any committee existed during the administration of Dr. Samuel Lee. When Dr. Samuel Lee was running UBF, he was the only member of any committee in UBF and everyone had to obey whatever program he came up with.
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20th-Oct-2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
How many years of study in legitimate, recognized seminaries do these named men share? As far as I know and from the "quality" of their writings, it's zero. (And Ward is a "pastor" only in the UBF sense.) But I do note that most of them were personally "educated" by Sam Lee and/or Barry, so that must be the education they hope to pass on to everyone else.
21st-Oct-2006 03:06 am (UTC)
so that must be the education they hope to pass on to everyone else

I think you are right. Since there is a new generation of UBF recruits who raise questions about "marriage by faith", "expositional study only", "absolute attitude", and "glorification of Dr. Samuel Lee" etc., the new committee has been created to develop brand new indoctrination materials. The new indoctrination materials will be developed exclusively in Chicago Chapter and will be distributed worldwide through Chicago Chapter.
24th-Oct-2006 12:27 am (UTC) - UBF is Chicago-centered
Since Lee and Barry came to Chicago, Chicago UBF and their satilites have been considered the most spiritual and fruitful places in UBF, the best place to go for training. The only member outside of the Chicago UBF is Paul Hong whose betrayal of the late James Kim earned him status with Chicago UBF members.
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