Duke Divinity School web site, August 6, 2014
“Peacemaking and nonviolent reconciliation are not optional political preferences; they stand at the heart of the gospel and anchor the identity of the church,” said Richard Hays, former dean of Duke Divinity School and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament.
By Atsuyoshi Fujiwara, Sojourners magazine, August 1, 2015
The devastating power unleased on Nagasaki and Hiroshima 70 years ago shocked the human community. I have friends whose families suffered when atomic bombs fell on those two Japanese cities.
By KyongJung Kim, Korea Anabaptist Center, June 3, 2015
At the Nagasaki Forum, we received an apology from Japan for its colonization of Korea. Although we Koreans were the victims in Japan’s rule, we also admitted the uncomfortable truth that we have also been an attacker and acknowledged the many people Korea killed during the Vietnam War. The truth that may shock everyone is that nations who are victims in a situation, can also be an attacker in another. However the question is church. Christ’s church can never be a victim who also becomes the attacking side and robs people of their lives, because self-indulgent work with national violence is contrary to Christ and blocks the work aligned with him
Korean Catholic Press, May 19, 2015
2015년 4월 20일부터 25일까지 5박 6일간, 일본 나가사키에서 열린 <동북아시아 크리스챤 화해 포럼>에 참가할 기회를 얻었습니다. <크리스챤 화해 포럼>은 오래 전부터 세계 평화 공동체 구축에 매진해 온 메노나이트 (Mennonites – 재세례파)가 주축이 되어, 역사적 분쟁지역이었던 아프리카와 동북아시아에서 신앙인들이 모여 평화와 화해 활동을 모색하는 자리입니다.
By Sue Park-Hur, ReconciliAsian, May 8, 2015
How can we move towards a “new we” when there is so much brokenness and hurt in our history? Can we truly see each other as brothers and sisters when we also carry the trauma and the pain of our parents and grandparents? Through our week together, worshiping, studying, eating, biking, bathing (public bath!), and walking together, I was able to see glimmer of hope towards a “new we”
I constantly ask this question three years into this journey of seeking to build a new community between strangers amidst the conflicts in Northeast Asia. Reflecting back on the 2015 Nagasaki Forum, what answer do I provide?
I heard a Chinese peace practitioner say she has been involved in trauma healing for many years. But until the Forum she had never learned the biblical gift and language of lament. Here I see Christ, the one who also lamented, who cried out “My God, why has Thou forsaken me?”
By Chris Rice, Reconcilers Blog
“If you place yourself in the majority, you would not be able to listen to their cries. Reconciliation will be realized when we step into a common burden by sharing pains.”
Faith and Leadership website, March 25, 2013
The Korean Peninsula is a divided land, long torn by hostility and enmity. But Christianity is a life-giving religion that can help write a new history even there, says the noted Korean-American church leader.