Duke Divinity Students Attend Japan Forum

Duke Divinity School, September 19, 2018

A group of Duke Divinity students, faculty, and staff attended the Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia from May 28 to June 2 as part of the Northeast Asia Reconciliation Initiative, a Center for Reconciliation (CFR) and Mennonite Central Committee project. Participants spent almost a week in Japan, where they worshipped together, attended seminars, and built relationships in order to enrich their understanding of reconciliation in northeast Asia and the U.S… (continue reading…)

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행복하여라, 평화를 위해 일하는 사람, Kyoto Forum Report 2

Catholic Times Korea, June 17, 2018

“평화와 번영의 장밋빛 이상이 깨지면 ‘오래된 유령’들이 나타난다. 그것은 민족주의, 국민국가 간의 경쟁, 지정학적 갈등이다.”

미래학자 조지 프리드먼 박사는 미국발 세계금융위기가 발생한 2008년을 기점으로 민족주의라는 ‘오래된 유령’이 고개를 들고 있다고 분석했다 … (continue reading)

행복하여라, 평화를 위해 일하는 사람, Kyoto Forum Report 1

Catholic Times Korea, June 10, 2018

‘그리스도인 동북아 화해 포럼’의 제목을 구성하는 단어들은 포럼이 지향하는 가치와 목적을 드러낸다. ‘그리스도인 동북아 화해 포럼’은 국가와 교파를 초월한 그리스도인들이 한 자리에 모여 동북아시아의 오랜 반목과 갈등의 역사를 극복하고 화해로 나아가는 길을 모색하는 자리다 … (continue reading)

Contested South Korean Identities of Reunification

January 31, 2018: Forum Convener Chris Rice published an article in the International Bulletin of Mission Research titled “Contested South Korean Identities of Reunification and Christian Paradigms of Reconciliation.” See abstract and link below.

Abstract: South Koreans, including church members, remain deeply divided about the pathway to any future reunification with North Korea. One form of division lies in the contested South Korean identities regarding North Korea and their implications for national identity, policy, and how South Koreans must change for a peaceful future with the North to become possible. This article identifies four prevailing South Korean identities regarding North Korea and reunification: Enemy Nation, Another Country, Disadvantaged Sibling, and Ruptured Family. We then consider five paradigms from the Christian tradition as responses to the contested identities via the biblical priority for peace and reconciliation … (continue reading)

Forum Alumni in TIME Magazine Story about North Korea

September 4, 2017: Two alumni of the Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia were featured in a six-page story in the September 4, 2017 issue of TIME Magazine – Heidi Linton, the director of Christian Friends Korea, and Dr. Stephen Yoon, who spearheads work in North Korea with cerebral palsy. Linton participated in the Forum in 2012 and Yoon in 2015 and 2017. To read article click link below.

Japan Forum Alumni Meet for Reunion and Collaboration

By Brian Byrd, August 3, 2017

Over the past five years, Duke University Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation has brought together Christian leaders from Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, and the U.S. for “Christian Forums for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia.” Duke is seeking to create a “Community of Friendship,” a new space for worship, prayer, discussion, and collaboration in the conflict fractured region …

Lament That Leads to Hope: 2016 Northeast Asia Reconciliation Forum

Forum 2016 group in HK

By Sue Park-Hur, The Mennonite Magazine, June 17, 2016

On May 22, I took the red eye flight to Hong Kong to attend the third annual Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia hosted by Duke Divinity School and Mennonite Central Committee. The forum brought together 55 Christian scholars, educators, practitioners, pastors, and church leaders from mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and the U.S with the purpose of strengthening our work for God’s ministry of peace and reconciliation in Northeast Asia. This forum being my third, I looked forward to reconnecting.

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The Task of the Korean Church for Peace in the Time of Globalization

Sungbihn Yim (a participant at the 2015 Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia) has issued a strong, sharp call for reformation in the Korean church, in order to become a model of community for the unification of South and North Korea. His article The Task of the Korean Church for Peace in the Time of Globalization: Seeking Ecumenical Social Ethics in the Context of Northeast Asia” is published in the Princeton Seminary Bulletin. Dr. Yim is former dean and professor of Christianity and Culture at Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea.