What are you doing on November 9th? Please join us as we share stories from Los Angeles to Pyongyang, eat great Asian food, bid for North Korean souvenirs, and connect with other peacemakers in the community. If you are interested, please RSVP by November 7th to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope you’ll be able to join us!
Joy and her mom
September 22-23: Week Two seminars were led by Rev. H. Daniel Kim of Joy Center for the Disabled. In his lecture entitled, “Understanding Restorative Humanity.” Pastor Kim challenged us to reexamine our perception of what it means to be part of the new creation, and how the marginalized are viewed in the new creation order.
Some people say, “‘Joy will be healed when she goes to heaven. ‘ This implies that she is not complete. I disagree with them. I want her to look just like herself because she is fully who she is.”- H. Daniel Kim
We confessed that many times the church has failed to include and welcome people with disabilities as full participants in the community which is quite contradictory to how Jesus viewed them. Joy, the beautiful daughter of Rev. Kim, and Paul, an active member of Joy Center- both who have Down Syndrome- testified truth to the powers.
“My view of God’s creation, has totally changed from our time with Rev. Kim.” -Jeehye
The ten-week intensive peacemaking discipleship program begins
On September 15th, we were honored to have Ched Myers and Elaine Enns of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries launch the first of our ten week peacemaking discipleship seminars. The dynamic duo delivered a two-day seminar entitled, “Restorative Justice as Interpersonal Transformation” grounding us in the scriptural foundation for restorative justice and giving us powerful examples of ordinary but courageous “ambassadors of reconciliation” transforming the local communities around us. Ched challenged us as Korean Americans to see the healing work of restorative justice and truth that are desperately needed in Los Angeles recalling the personal, social, and structural violence that set the stage for the LA Riot in 1992.
“This was the best lecture I’ve ever heard.”
-Dr. Moon Park, the President of California International University