Kagawa Toyohiko (1888–1960): Missionary and Prophet to the West

24 January 2023, 16:00 - 24 January 2023, 17:30 The Healey Room, Westminster College

CCCW Day Seminar online and in-person


Revd Dr Thomas John Hastings

Abstract: After touching on Kagawa’s traumatic childhood, conversion under the influence of American Presbyterian missionaries, decision to live and work in Kobe's worst slum, and activities as an evangelist, social reformer, writer, and peace advocate, I will address the "Kagawa Phenomenon” in the West with special reference to his whirlwind 1936 speaking tour across the United States. Finally, I will explore the multiple dimensions of Kagawa’s witness and thought and consider his continuing relevance for our time.

Bio: Revd Dr Thomas John Hastings is the Executive Director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center at Princeton Theological Seminary (OMSC@PTS) and Editor of the International Bulletin of Mission Research (IBMR), published by SAGE. He received his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary, MA from Wheaton College Graduate School, and BA from Boston College. Before coming to OMSC in 2016, he and his wife, Carol, served in Japan as Presbyterian Church (USA) mission co-workers from 1988–2008, where he taught at Hokuriku Gakuin, Seiwa College, Tokyo Union Theological Seminary, and International Christian University. After returning to the United States in 2008, Hastings was Director of Research and Associate Director at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, Senior Research Fellow at the Japan International Christian University Foundation in New York City, and Research Consultant for the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia in New York City and Hong Kong. Hastings is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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