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21st-annual-convention-of-asian-christian-churches-2 21st-annual-convention-of-asian-christian-churches-3 21st-annual-convention-of-asian-christian-churchesRev. Dr. Shinichi Tagami, is Professor of Psychology and Counseling.  He graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University, Hyogo, Japan with a B.Th. and from Japan Bible Seminary, Tokyo, Japan, with a M.Div. equivalent degree.  After his pastoral ministry in Okinawa, Japan, and ordination as a Baptist minister, Dr. Tagami pursued his graduate studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, School of World Mission, and Biola University, Talbot School of Theology in California, to receive a Th.M.and an Ed.D.  In 2009, Dr. Tagami earned a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Foundation.

He planted and pastored Japanese/American churches in California and Oregon.  He taught at Sekolah Tinggi Theologia Reformed Injili Indonesia (STTRII), Jakarta, Indonesia, and Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregon, and the Okinawa Medical Mission Institute as a visiting instructor.  Dr. Tagami returned to his home in Okinawa, Japan in 1997.  He then started the Okinawa Christian Academy and the Evangelical Society of Christian Education in Japan and also took on the chaplaincy at Mt. Olive Hospital in order to develop Christian Holistic care in the hospice and psychiatric wards. Now he is leading Mt. Olive Hospital as the managing director, while also continuing as superintendent of Okinawa Christian Academy.

Dr. Tagami published a textbook for spiritual care and wrote an article, “Fragmentation and Integration” in the Indonesian book, The Integrated Life. He is now teaching classes on spiritual care, missiology, and practicum for chaplaincies at the Okinawa Bible Seminary, and pastoring a Baptist church.  Dr. Tagami also started the Christian Society of Mental-Psycho-Spiritual Care in Japan (MPSC) at Mt. Olive Hospital, Okinawa, Japan, together with Christian psychiatrists, neurosurgeons, and scholars in related fields.

The 21st annual convention of the Asian Christian Hospital Association, where Rev. Dr. Shinichi Tagami is Secretary General, was held November 10-12 in Chanhua, Taiwan.

Read Dr. Tagami’s full faculty bio.

 

 

 

fatherjohnThe Rev. Dr. John Edward Mulvihill, the Gratian Professor of Canon Law at the Graduate Theological Foundation, took eighteen travelers to Jordan following the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.  The year 2016 is the centenary of his exploits during the First World War.  The group took a ride on the Hejaz Railway, the focus of Lawrence’s daring guerilla campaign.  We journeyed into the desert to the deserted city of Qasr el-Kharaneah, which Sheriff Hussein and T. E. Lawrence used as their desert headquarters during World War I.  We visited the black basalt Qal’at el-Azraq, which Lawrence used as a military base during the Arab Revolt against the Turks in 1917.  We continued to the ancient ruins of Umm el-Jimal, where Lawrence staged his first attack in the Ottoman stronghold of Damascus in 1918.  In the Valley of the Moon (Wadi Rum) we camped out in the same desert where T. E. Lawrence lived with his Bedouin allies.  This landscape of sand and thousand-foot mountains was the setting of the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia.  The group rode camels to Aqaba, the site of the Aqaba Fort that Lawrence and his Arab allies stormed on camelback in 1917.  It was from here that Lawrence crossed the Sinai Desert and rode to Cairo to report his victory to General Allenby.

Rev. Mulvihill’s trip to Jordan was not without a visit to its religious sites.  We traveled the King’s Highway where Abraham rescued his nephew Lot in a pursuit as far as north of Damascus.  We visited the River Yabbok, where Jacob’s name was changed to Israel.  Aaron, brother Moses, is buried near the Rose-red City of Petra.  Moses viewed the Promised Land from Mount Nebo, just as our group did.  King David had attacked the Citadel of Amman, now the capital of Jordan.  Aqaba was the port on the Red Sea where the Queen of Sheba disembarked on her way to visit King Solomon.  Jesus was baptized east of the Jordan River at Bethany (Beth ‘Ayna).  King Herod Antipas martyred John the Baptist at Machaerus, east of the Dead Sea.  Visits to these sites in Jordan brought the Bible to life in an unforgettable way.

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