Event: Japanese Baptist Church 120th Anniversary

What: Missionary Interview regarding A Flower With Roots—The Story of Mary D. Jesse and Shokei Girls’ School, Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2018
When: June 9th at 12:45 pm
Where: Legacy Library of Japanese Baptist Church, 160 Broadway, Seattle WA

I will conduct a short seminar at Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle, WA and have a book signing. As I introduce early thinking about women’s education in Japan, I’d like to tell of Shokei school’s efforts at contributing toward the uplift of young women in the late 19th and early 20th century.

When I first came to JBC, I was surprised to learn that some women who had a part in education at Shokei Girls’ School, also played and important role in the formative years of Japanese Baptist Church’s Fujin Home. These two women were Nellie Fife and Georgia Newbury. Florence Rumsey also worked for over 10 years at a sister school of Shokei in southern Japan.

The format will consist of a short reading of one section of the book, a general introduction of how education developed among early Baptist work in Japan, followed by an interview in which I will explain several important aspects of the life of Mary Jesse and the girls’ school she so tenderly took nurtured.