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

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.

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