Imagining a New “We” in Northeast Asia

(Mennonite photo op: Sue Park-Hur, Jennifer Deibert, Myrrl Byler, Joe Manickam, Kyungjung Kim, Hongtao Yin)
Mennonite participants gather at Nagasaki Forum: Sue Park-Hur, Jennifer Deibert, Myrrl Byler, Joe Manickam, Kyungjung Kim, Hongtao Yin.

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”

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Where Do We See Christ in This Journey?

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?”

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