One of the highlights of 2013 for ReconciliAsian has been the friendship we have made through the ten-week peace discipleship training course, Journey Towards Reconciliation.
From September 15th November 18th, we met on the first floor of California International University every Sunday and Monday evening for three hours to explore and engage in what it means to live a life as Christian peacemakers and to do the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18). We had incredible list of speakers who spoke not only from their wealth of knowledge, but from their rich experiences rooted in their desire to live out their calling. Here is a recap of the speakers:
WEEK 1: PEACE THEOLOGY AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE with Ched Myers and Elaine Enns
Elaine and Ched laid the foundational biblical basis for restorative justice work and highlighted many “ambassadors of reconciliation” who have courageously lived out their calling to love their enemies and bring justice.
Week 2: UNDERSTANDING RESTORATIVE HUMANITY with H. Daniel Kim
“We need to look at the marginalized people in society and recognize that they are the very tools God will use to build up the Kingdom of God.”-H. Daniel Kim
WEEK 3: PEACE SPIRITUALITY with Keedae Kim
“We want to be peaceful and we want to be spiritual, but what are the things that hinder us from practicing peace spirituality? We need to name them to begin our journey.”- Keedae Kim
WEEK 4: NORTH KOREAN IDEOLOGY with Moon Park
“In order to engage North Korea, we must understand the power of their ideology…. For them, suffering is simply a cost to the great ideal of self-reliance.”- Moon Park
WEEK 5: SABBATH ECONOMICS with Matthew Colwell and Wendy Gist
“‘We read the gospel as if we had no money, and we spend our money as if we know nothing of the gospel-John Haughey, SJ'”-Matthew Colwell
“What history and values surround my giving? What is my relationship with those to whom I give? How does my giving contribute to social and personal transformation?”-Wendy Gist
WEEK 6: PEACE EDUCATION with Phillip, Ita and Janice Bazeley
Through the testimonies of Phillip, Ita, and their daughter, Janice, we saw that it does take the whole village to rear a child- and they do indeed live this out with a deep sense of commitment to Christ and the [Bruderhof] community.
WEEK 7: CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION AND COOPERATIVES
Scott Kim from Saskachewan, Canada generated a lot of creative cooperative ideas within the group as an alternative way to engage the economic structures of the world.
WEEK 8: VISITING NORTH KOREA with Sunghwan and Jeehye Kim
Sunghwan Kim shared about his fourth trip to NK and his prayer for the Peninsula from the Book of Ezekiel, “I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.” (Ezekiel 37:22)
Jeehye shared about her first trip to NK and the healing work of the Spirit as she visited the history of her ancestors from NK and Russia.
WEEK 9: RESTORATIVE LIFESTYLE with Chong Park
Chong Park urged us to re-examine our lives and how God is in all things. As Christians, we must embrace beauty but also learn to be angry at the injustices in the world.
WEEK 10: COACHING AND MISSIONAL PEACE with Jieun Lee and Hyun Hur
Jieun Lee allowed us to recollect the last nine weeks and take time to see what God is revealing through our time together. What has God shown you? What is He saying to you? What do you envision God wants you to do? These reflective questions allowed us to dig deeper into our passion and find ways to strategize for the next step.
Hyun Hur closed the ten-week program by returning us to Scripture. Peace and mission were two sides of one coin. “Peace was the core of mission. Mission was peace.”
14 members successfully completed the 60 hour course! We gave God thanks for all the things that He has taught us and are compelling us to do as the program ends. We have met many fellow peacemaking friends through this journey and we have a strong sense that God is moving amongst us!