At Korean-American churches, a struggle to retain language and tradition

Source: Religion News Service

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Stephen Han’s sermon has the cadence of a TED Talk. Wearing jeans and a loose button-up shirt, he paces energetically across the stage, only stopping at a table every once in a while to glance at his notes.

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His soaring oratory echoes around the hall, and his audience — a mix of predominantly young adults and worshippers in their 40s — hangs on his every word as he lectures on the Book of Nehemiah.

Occasionally, he drops a Super Bowl joke – after all, it’s the day of the game. “If you don’t know who Tom Brady is, get a life,” he says.

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