Justice and Peacemaking School 3 begins September 27th

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<강사 및 강의 소개>

김성환 목사 (가디나장로교회 담임목사)

  • (Fuller Seminary), ThM (Homiletics, Princeton Seminary)
  • 개강예배 설교를 통해 이번 강의들을 함께하는 삶이라는 하나의 주제로 맥을 이어주는 시간이 될 것입니다.

이인엽 박사 (Spring Arbor University)

  • PhD (국제정치학, University of Georgia)
  • 풍부한 정보와 탄탄한 학문성을 바탕으로 하여 평화의 관점으로 한반도 갈등을 해석하고 실천의 방향성을 모색하도록 도울 것입니다.

서경란 (Fuller Theological Seminary & Azusa Pacific University)

  • MA & Ph.D. (Intercultural Studies, Fuller Seminary), MA (Christian Education, Talbot)
  • 화해(Reconciliation)는 하나님의 선교에서 중요한 주제입니다.  특히 한국 교회가 더 이상 개인주의적으로 축소된 복음이 아닌 전 우주적인 화해의 복음을 회복하되 회복적 정의를 통하여 깨어진 관계들이 화해를 이루는 사역으로 나가도록 도와줍니다.  이런 의미에서 회복적 정의의 렌즈를 통해우리 한국 기독교인들의 생각의 전환이 일어나고 삶 속에서 화해를 이루어감으로 우리 한국 교회가 하나님의 선교에 동참하기를 소원합니다.

Jill Shook  (Making Housing Happen의 저자)

  • (Denver Seminary).
  • 지난 2기에 이어서 이번 3기에는 downtown에 있는 affordable housing에 직접가서 실제적인 내용들을 듣고 배우는 시간을 갖게 됩니다. 이민자나 유학생 모두에게 구체적인 공동체성을 이루어가는 것이 어떤 것인지를 보여주는 시간이 될 것입니다.

Sue Park-Hur (ReconciliAsian co-director, MVMC pastor)

  • M.A.(Christian Education & Mission, Wheaton College)
  • 회복을 목적으로 하는 교육을 가정과 수업 시간을 통해 실행해 가는 철학과 방법을 함께 나누는 시간이 될 것입니다.

박지호 (Center for Conflict Transformation 원장)

  • A. (갈등전환학 과정 중, Eastern Mennonite University)
  • 미주뉴스앤조이 편집장을 하면서 많은 교회갈등을 목격하게 되었고, 그 해결책을 고민하다가 EMU에서 갈등전환학을 공부하는 중이며, 특별히 교회갈등을 어떻게 긍정적인 방향으로 전환해 갈 것인가 배우고 그 실행방안을 함께 고민하는 시간이 될 것입니다.

이태후 (ROCK Project director)

  • (Westminster Seminary)
  • 이태후 목사님은 필라델피아 빈민촌에서 가난한 이들과 함께 이웃으로 살아가고 있습니다. 매년 여름 흑인 빈민 아동들을 위한 캠프를 운영하면서 지역에 변화를 일으키고 있습니다. 미주뉴스앤조이에 이목사님의 연재글들이 실려있습니다.

James Krabill (Mennonite Mission Network)

  • (Centre for West African Studies, University of Birmingham, England)
  • James Krabill 교수님은 Cote d’ivoire (Ivory Coast)에서 18년간 사역하신 선교사 출신으로 ethnomusicology(민족 음악)으로 박사를 받으신 분입니다. 각나라와 족속에 하나님께서 부여해 주신 음악을 통해 계시록 7장의 위대한 예배의 장면을 이루어가는 비전을 평화와 함께 설명해 주실 겁니다.

허 현  Hyun Hur (ReconciliAsian co-direcor & MVMC pastor)

  • DMiss & M.A. (Inter-Cultural Studies 과정 중, Fuller Seminary)
  • 전체 주제들을 정리하면서 정의와 평화를 일구는 제자들로 살아가면서 각자의 부름받은 영역에 보다 더 전문적으로 참여할 수 있도록 방향을 제시합니다.
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Ben Torrey of Fourth River Project and Jesus Abbey to speak on September 15th

ReconciliAsian has invited Ben Torrey, the Director and CEO of Three Seas Training Center and the Fourth River Project, to speak at the Joint Prayer Meeting for NK at Fuller Seminary. Come and join us for this special event as Ben Torrey envisions reconciliation and reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

Time: Sep. 15, 2014 (Mon) 6:30-9:00 PM
Location: Fuller Theological Seminary Travis Auditorium (135 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101)

Speaker: Ben Torrey (Jesus Abbey)
YOU are invited. (Message will be delivered in both Korean and English)
Free dinner will be provided from 6pm.
RSVP is required (contact Hyun Hur at msjp04@gmail.com)

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Speaker Bio:

Ben Torrey grew up in Korea where, as a teenager, he joined with his parents, Jane and Archer Torrey, in pioneering Jesus Abbey, a community of prayer, high in the Taebaek Mountains of Kangwon Do.  Along with his father and ten other young men, he lived in a tent for six months while clearing land and erecting the first Jesus Abbey buildings.

From 1979 until 2005, Ben served as a bi-vocational minister (ordained in the Evangelical Apostolic Church of North America http://www.eacna.org) while working in the fields of computer systems development and knowledge management.  He also served as the administrator for The King’s School, a Christian Middle and High School in Bolton, Connecticut.  Associated with the school since its inception in 1994, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1998 until his resignation in 2004 in order to devote himself fully to the work of preparing for the opening of North Korea.

In 2003, the members of Jesus Abbey gave Ben the responsibility of developing the Three Seas Training Center and the Fourth River Project.  In connection with this work, the Torreys also established The River of Life School, a Christian middle and high school preparing the Unification Generation.  They returned to Korea, living at Jesus Abbey, in 2005.  He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jesus Abbey in 2012.

Ben has spent time in North Korea.  Initially, he went for a ten-day trip in 2007 touring medical facilities and rest homes.  Subsequently, he served as a food monitor for a U.S. food distribution program from September through December of 2008.

Ben has been a student of history, comparative cultures, economics, theology and related subjects for many years.  He has been writing and lecturing in these subjects for the past thirty years.

Mennonite Center Creates International Peacemakers

We want to thank The Mennonite for highlighting ReconciliAsian in the September 2014 article!

http://www.themennonite.org/issues/17-9/articles/Mennonite_center_creates_international_peacemakers.  This is a repost from The Mennonite.

The ReconciliAsian peace center brings peace and reconciliation training to the Korean-American community in Los Angeles.

Hyun Hur, Su Park-Hur, with daughter Lynn Hur (standing) and sons Yul Hur and Guhn Hur (at table), are co-directors of the Reconcili­Asian peace center in Los Angeles. Photo by John Roth.

Co-directors Hyun Hur and Sue Park-Hur, who launched the center in January 2013, say that the tools of peace and conflict transformation are gifts the Mennonite church can offer other denominations. The Hurs attend Mountain View Mennonite Church in Upland, Calif., where they were installed as co-pastors in January.

More than 600 people have participated in programs organized by ReconciliAsian over the past year and a half of the peace center’s existence. The couple has coordinated day-long seminars, month-long discipleship workshops, shorter seminars and weekly book club meetings. Every session addresses peace and conflict transformation from a Mennonite perspective and offers practical guidance on healthy ways to navigate conflict and work for peace.

“One of our primary roles of reconciliation is to create a space for these types of conversations that you wouldn’t normally talk about in the church,” says Sue Park-Hur.

When they started ReconciliAsian, they were pastors for their house church, Church for Others, in Temple City, Calif., the only Korean Mennonite church on the West Coast, and the Hurs felt isolated from the other Korean churches in Los Angeles.

“We wanted to connect with other Korean churches,” says Hyun Hur. “We tried to think about what gift the Mennonites bring to other Christians, and we saw that we could build bridges through the peacemaking and conflict transformation work that Mennonites have done.”

All churches deal with conflict, and the Hurs knew of many Korean immigrant churches that had struggled with disagreements and had split rather than work through issues.

“Primarily, we want to help them know their new identity here as immigrants,” says Sue Park-Hur. “When you’re shaken up about who you are, you feel lost and like you can’t do anything. We wanted to teach practical things like ‘I’ messages and active listening skills, but we realized that to really touch the people and to reframe their understanding of conflict, we had to teach them Scripture and reframe their theology. We want them to see that their identity is to be an international peacemaker for God’s kingdom.”

Hyun Hur says they use scriptures such as 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, about God’s ministry of reconciliation, and Ephesians 2, where Jesus reconciles Jews and Gentiles. These teach people that a Christian’s mission on earth is to participate in Jesus’ reconciling ministry.

Korean leaders from different Christian denominations are now helping lead ReconciliAsian sessions. The spring justice and peacemaking discipleship school was held at a Presbyterian church.

These leaders also seek out the couple for their specialization. In July, Hyun Hur led a conflict and church seminar at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif., with 10  Korean pastors.

“Now [Korean pastors] see him as more than just a local pastor but as a director of an organization that talks about conflict—and who doesn’t have conflict?” says Sue Park-Hur. “Before, they never would have asked him to talk because he was a Mennonite, but now they see him as a resource person in this field and are more open to talk about the struggles in their church and ask for help.”

In July, the Hurs visited the Mennonite Church USA offices in Elkhart, Ind., to share about their ministry and to meet some Mennonite leaders. The tie to Mennonite agencies started at the beginning of their ministry, when they connected with Hannah Heinzekehr, who then worked as a church relations associate for Mennonite Mission Network.

“I was impressed with how passionate they were about Jesus’ call to peacemaking,” says Heinzekehr, who is now director of communication for Mennonite Church USA. “It was an opportunity for Mennonite Mission Network to support people who wanted to do mission in their community. They are genuine bridge-builders because they are so relational. They truly are mission workers in L.A.”