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The Shalom God Has Envisioned

“Kurt, thank you for sending us the translation of the communiqué last night; however, we have made some changes again. We need you to spend your lunch translating the new version so that we can have a draft ready for … Continue reading

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A Lifetime of Peacemaking: Rev. Lee Moon-Sook

“I remember when I first started working here at the New Family Magazine offices and these streets were filled with people and with tear gas,” Rev. Lee Moon-Sook said as she gestured toward the streets while she and I (Kurt) … Continue reading

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US and Korean Peacemakers Meet

“I didn’t hear … these kind of stories when I came to Korea last time,” remarked Carl E. Horton, director of the Presbyterian Peacemaking program, while our guide, Gayoon Baek, led our travel study seminar group toward a large hole in … Continue reading

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Following the SK President to NK

Merry Christmas to you all. We hope you find the story in this letter to be an example of the hope of Advent. Despite the peace process being currently stalled because of the US increasing sanctions on North Korea, releasing … Continue reading

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Let’s not be shaken by this

“What are you all doing here now?” A middle-aged man nervously shouted at a group of people who were doing a “human chain” protest in front of the naval base in Gangjeong village in Jeju. The man started an argument … Continue reading

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The Perils and Possibilities of Translation

  The moderator of the Ecumenical Forum for Korea (EFK), Peter Prove, had just presented the proposal that I be appointed as the new EFK coordinator. The request for confirmation was now being translated from English into Korean for the … Continue reading

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NCCK Letter on Peace Summits

Dear Mr. Jim Winkler and The Rt. Rev W. Darin Moore, I bring greetings from the member churches and organizations of the National Council of Churches in Korea. First of all, let me express a deep gratitude to you, all … Continue reading

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