Bishop Griswold visits Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK), the Anglican Episcopal Church in Japan

November 30, 2009

Bishop Frank T. Griswold spent October 23 – November 19 in Japan where he taught, preached and visited the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK), the Anglican Episcopal Church in Japan. The NSKK, a province of the Anglican Communion, is now celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The occasion for Bishop Griswold’s trip was his appointment to the 2009 Williams Memorial Lectureship, established in honor of Bishop Channing Moore Williams. Bishop Williams, an 1855 graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary, served in China and Japan in the latter half of the 19th century, and was instrumental in the founding of the NSKK.

Bishop Griswold, who completed his nine-year term as Presiding Bishop in November 2006, has found the past three years fruitful, as he has continued to serve the church in other ways, including teaching and writing. As he says, “I went to Japan not only to teach but to learn. A gift of my time was the opportunity to listen to the voices of brother and sister Anglicans, as well as those of other religious traditions, in order to come to a fuller sense of how they do theology in the Japanese context.”

Bishop Griswold was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Phoebe Griswold, who while in Asia participated in a conference in Hong Kong sponsored by the Anglican Observer to the United Nations on the topic of human trafficking. She also paid a return visit to Korea, where the Griswolds had spent a month in 2007, and met with Anglican women’s groups. She has chronicled her journey in a blog: Barbara Braver, who served as Bishop Griswold’s Assistant for Communication, and who has prepared this webpage entry, aided the Griswolds on the Japan trip.