Author Archives: kurtesslinger

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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Inspiration of the Korean Church’s 1988 Declaration

Our international gathering began with prayer and a devotion. Then Rev. Shin, Seung-min, my supervisor, announced that a South Korean government delegation had returned from a visit to North Korea and declared their meeting a success. The delegation would also … Continue reading

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Threats of Destruction and Stories of Hope

Hyeyoung, Sahn, and I have been traveling the US now for four months. We are nearing the end of our six-month itineration trip of visiting churches and sharing the stories of the work we are doing alongside our partners in … Continue reading

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Transforming Hate to Love

Dr. David Suh sat next to me as listeners around the world heard him tell those taking part in our webinar about the moment he met the son of his father’s greatest enemy, the chairperson of the Korean Christian Federation … Continue reading

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Peace Network for Korea in PC(USA)

You are invited to the PC(USA) Peace Network for Korea (PNK)! A number of my colleagues have thought about how we are needing some kind of network or some way to connect US Presbyterians to peace work going on throughout … Continue reading

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