Author Archives: kurtesslinger

YAVs and Political Participation

“I learned more about the U.S.A. than I did about Korea while I was a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV),” has been a recurring theme during the four years we have seen participants come through the Korea site. In his self-reflective … Continue reading

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Taking Time to Blossom (Waiting)

Greetings to you in the name of our hope, Jesus the Christ. As the days grow darker and the colder weather kicks in now is the time we look to our hope in the form of a child born with … Continue reading

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NCCK Peace Treaty US Tour Report

“There is a hidden history of Korea that most US Americans know nothing about. Even I learn something knew all the time although I stopped working for the State Department a long time ago,” remarked Dr. John Merrill of the … Continue reading

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2016 Joint North-South Prayer for Peace

Every year the Christians in South Korea and the Christians within the official church of North Korea write a joint prayer for overcoming conflict and moving to respectful reconciliation. Today in Korea is August 15th, the anniversary of both liberation … Continue reading

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NCCK Korea Peace Treaty Campaign US Tour

The USA is reeling in the midst of violence, voices crying out for justice having lost their faith and trust in the institutions meant to protect them, lashing out in desperate misguided attempts to reset the balance, and the response … Continue reading

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Toward a Korean Peace Treaty

The beating of the drums and cymbals sent the performers dressed in black and white with yellow, blue, and red sashes circling around the pit. Catherine, Tom, and I were sat down in the shade at the Yongin Korean Folk … Continue reading

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Finding Grace

Will scooped up another bunch of kimchi with his tongs and put it on the tray before passing it on to the person next to him scooping meat onto trays. He could see out of the corner of his eye … Continue reading

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