Growing the Church, Sharing the Peace

Yay!  The ministry of ReconciliAsian is featured in the most recent publication of Panorama!  Check it out to get an extensive story about the vision of ReconciliAsian. Click here to see the publication: http://issuu.com/pomeditor/docs/panoramafall2012

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Schowalter Grant Awarded to ReconciliAsian

Great news!  ReconciliAsian has been generously awarded a $15,000 grant from the Schowalter Foundation Inc. to continue the work of peace and reconciliation with the Korean American Christian community.  We are deeply grateful for the encouragement and affirmation from this Mennonite organization for us to pursue our calling to engage the immigrant churches and church leaders to envision and practice the central gospel message of peace.  Thank you!

To find out more about the Schowalter Foundation,  go to http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/S371.html

Mediation Skills Training Institute by Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

For the past five days, Hyun was a participant at the Mediation Skills Training Institute led by Richard Blackburn of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.  29 Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Quaker, and Mennonite church leaders from Hawaii, Montana, Arizona, and California gathered in Placentia, CA.  The participants gained skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal and congregational conflict through lectures, discussions, and role-plays.  Hyun reports that it has been an intense week of learning that he is excited to share with other Korean leaders as he heads to Korea tomorrow (November 12-16, 2012).

Unmanaged conflict cycle

Dr. Duane Ruth-Hefflebower’s seminar was insightful as he challenged the participants to apply the conflict transformation principles in the Korean context.  Participants commented that the charts were particularly helpful, especially about the way we deal with the conflicted issues by not only “listing the injustices” but the way we start listing the emotional hurt when conflict surfaces.  We need to recognize both the issue and the emotions which complicate the conflict.  (November 5, 2012)

North Korea Table Talk

Panelists, volunteers, and attendees were all deeply encouraged and challenged through the two-day conference focusing on the various ways people are serving the North Koreans and the growing need to develop a peace church perspective on the ongoing ministry to North Koreans. (June 26-27, 2012)