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Cotari News1. On February 24th to 26th, Frank Choe and his wife Lisa attended the Ralph Winter Memorial Lecture by zoom on Buddhism. Ralph D. Winter was one of the 20th century's greatest missiologists, who was a missionary to Guatemala for 10 years, taught at Fuller Theological Seminary for 10 years as a tenured professor, and then founded the American Society of Missiology, US Center for World Mission, and William Carey University. He started the popular missiology class called Perspectives where many lay Christians and seminary students are learning about Christian missions. Frank attended some of these memorial lectures in the past. During this lecture, we were especially interested in learning how Karl Ludvig Reichelt (1877-1952), a missionary to China, tried to reach out to Buddhist monks in China. The Lectures dealt mostly with the life of Reichelt. His approach was to use dialogue with the Buddhist monks, and he even provided a retreat house where they could live, similar to a monastery, and where they could engage in discussions, as well as prayer and meditation. These were interesting lectures, extending our knowledge on Buddhism. 2. On a more personal note, Catherine Kuo, the daughter of Frank Choe was tragically killed in an accident on March 24, on the parking lot of a middle school. She had been elected as trustee for the Dublin Unified School Board and serving the Board. At the time of the accident, she was volunteering for food distribution for the Covid Pandemic, to load cars with produce given by California farmers. As she was loading the trunk of a car, she was pinned between that car and the car behind. She was just 6 days away from her 49th birthday, and leaves her husband and two children. ...
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We are still working on Chapter 11 of the book, How to Use the Qur'an to Reach Out to Muslims. It has been delayed for several reasons. We had Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we celebrated these holidays in a limited way even though we were locked down. We had been preparing for the Board Meeting, and then we have been preparing the tax returns for COTARI to the US Federal Government as well as the California State Government. We would ask for your prayers for completing all these things quickly so that we may re-engage in writing the book. ...
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Cotari held the annual director´s meeting on February 5, 2021. This year, the meeting was held on Zoom because of the covid pandemic. It actually worked out well, because our board members are scattered out over the country, and we are contemplating having this kind of meeting each year from now on. After meditating on the hymn “So Send I you”, with a biography of the author, Margaret Clarkson, and the reading of the minutes of the last meeting, we talked about the progress which has been made this year on writing the book about reaching out to Muslims thru the Qur´an and other activities of those participating in Cotari. After a short break, we talked out our plans for this coming year. We will talk about these plans in another post.Here are the inspiring words of “So Send I You”So send I you, by grace made strong to triumphO'er hosts of hell, o'er darkness, death, and sin,My name to bear, and in that name to conquer-So send I you, my victory to win. So send I you, to take to souls in bondageThe word of truth that sets the captive free,To break the bonds of sin, to loose death's fettersSo send I you, to bring the lost to me.So send I you, my strength to know in weakness,My joy in grief, my perfect peace in pain,To prove My power, My grace, My promised presenceSo send I you, eternal fruit to gain. So send I you, to bear My cross with patience,And then one day with joy to lay it down,To hear My voice, “well done, My faithful servant,Come, share My throne, My kingdom, and My crown!” "As the Father hath sent Me, so send I you.“ (John 20:21) ...
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We are pleased to announce that we have finished chapter 10 of our book titled “The Qur´an Teaches Religious Tolerance.” We had many, many surprises!(1) The Qur'an is more emphatic on religious tolerance than the Bible.(2) Both Islam and Christianity failed the teaching of religious tolerance in their practices.(3) Islam failed because it has followed its own traditions.(4) Christianity failed because it put too much emphasis on orthodoxy of its theology. It tried to follow correct theology instead of loving each other.(5) Before the Enlightenment, Islam was more tolerant than Christianity, as demonstrated in the treatment of the Jews in Spain.(6) After the Enlightenment in the modern times, Christianity has become more tolerant than Islam.(7) Surprisingly, the source of the religious tolerance in Christianity today such as "freedom of religion" and "separation of church and state" came from the secular democratic movements, not from Christian theology. As we were doing research for this topic, we became aware of so much intolerance exhibited by both Christianity and Islam down through the centuries. If we are ever to come to some kind of agreement in this modern world today, we must learn to be tolerant of each other, and especially to take Jesus´s words to heart to love our enemies. Christianity claims that Islam is an intolerant religion and Islam claims that Christianity is an intolerant religion. What does an intolerant religion mean? An intolerant religion in this context means the one that does not allow any other religion in their society. Nearly all religions claim that their own religion is the only true religion and all other religions are wrong. Therefore, they become exclusive and practice religious intolerance. Radical Muslims appear to practice religious intolerance in many situations as reported in the world news today. The review of Christian history also shows a number of cases of religious intolerance in the church, in particular during the Catholic Middle Age period. ...
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