Bishop Frank T. Griswold spent a month with the Anglican Church of Korea this autumn, preaching and lecturing and coming to know something of the life and ministry of that Province of the Anglican Communion.
The Rt. Rev. Simon Kim, former Primate of Korea and the President of Sungkonghoe University in Seoul, had invited the former Presiding Bishop to give a series of lectures on spirituality and the Anglican tradition to the students in the Theology Department. Sungkonghoe, or Anglican University, has 11 Departments and 2,500 students. The aim of Sungkonghoe is the "Anglican Spirit of sharing, openness and service."
Bishop Griswold said that he was "deeply impressed" by the students and the quality of their questions and observations in response to his lectures. Sungkonghoe's Vice President, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Yang, who is also a member of the theological faculty, in expressing gratitude to Bishop Griswold said that the University is very interested in exploring exchanges of professors and students between Sungkonghoe's Theology Department and seminaries of the Episcopal Church.
While in Korea Bishop Griswold also preached in several churches and addressed the gathering of the International Anglican Family Network, the clergy of the dioceses of Busan and Seoul, lay leaders of the Seoul Diocese, and the Sisters of the Society of the Holy Cross. He also met with inter-faith and ecumenical leaders. He and Phoebe Griswold made a pilgrimage to the Demilitarized Zone and had an opportunity to meet with peace groups.
Phoebe Griswold met with and addressed various groups, including governmental, ecumenical and church groups, addressing the concerns of women.
In thanking the Primate of Korea and Bishop of Seoul, the Rt. Rev. Francis Park, for the hospitality he received Bishop Griswold noted that he was particularly grateful for the opportunity to experience the life of the Province in a way that was not possible during a four day visit he made to Korea in 2005 while serving as the 25th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church.