By Joel A. Carpenter, Kevin R. den Dulk (eds.)
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Although elders and deacons are very important to churches, it is the male clergy who make the decisions, as is typical in a patriarchal system. If a church is a family, the male senior clergyman is the head of the church, taking charge of its operation and development. Usually, they preach every Sunday while other pastoral leaders are responsible for other fellowship duties. It is noteworthy that there are no female pastors in all the Korean churches in my study. Females just undertake the position of “deaconess” or assistant and never give sermons.
Undoubtedly, religion is one of the main factors which construct the common ethnic cultural awareness. It inevitably intertwines with ethnic identity and national identity. In fact, the so-called ethnic characteristics and traditions in modern society are very often the results of interactions among ethnicity, the state, and religion. So this case study, featuring the religious life of Chinese Koreans, offers a careful look at the complex relationship among religion, ethnicity, and state. Most of the Chinese Koreans3 immigrated to northeastern China from the Korean Peninsula in the nineteenth century.
But soon afterward, a few house churches’ property purchases and legal registration were interrupted by political authorities, leading to a few globally reported outdoor worship events. Despite the post-earthquake goodwill, some political boundaries remain unchanged. Thirty-six-year-old Chen, a young professional and member of a white-collar, unregistered church, comments: [The state] imposed an impression on the public that [unregistered] house churches are unwilling to register, but the real problem is, once they register, the state still wants to impose the Three-Self umbrella on them.
Christianity in Chinese Public Life: Religion, Society, and the Rule of Law by Joel A. Carpenter, Kevin R. den Dulk (eds.)