Kenji Kuramitsu

Kenji Kuramitsu

McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv

Hometown

Glenview, IL

Undergrad & Major(s)

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Social Work and Spanish

What kind of service experience have you had in the past?

I have volunteered as a translator, office assistant and social work intern at an LGBTQ resource center in Southern-Central Illinois, and a Refugee Mutual Assistance Center.

How have you been involved in community service/social justice issues while in Seminary?

I serve on the board of the Reformation Project, an direct-action nonprofit that works to empower LGBTQ persons in the church, and I also am on the national board of the Japanese American Citizens League, the largest and oldest Asian American human rights group in the US. In these capacities, I have provided organizational leadership, planned events, and created organizational initiatives to assist LGBTQ people and people of color.

What type of "ministry" do you see yourself doing?

I am interested in parish ministry, helping others practice spirituality and justice work.

What topics or issues would you be open to sharing about with groups?

racism/social construction of race and racial justice work, LGBTQ identity and biblical interpretation, Japanese American history and hermeneutics, critical mixed race theory and theology

What were your favorite courses in undergrad? Seminary?

Worship and the Arts: #BlackLivesMatter, Prayers of the People, Social Work Theory

What's your dream job?

sensei

What do you like to do when you're not working on changing the world?

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