Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia Concludes in Korea
By Ruth Wang, June 22, 2017 13:06 PM
The fourth Annual Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia took place May 29-June 3, 2017 on Jeju Island, South Korea.
Initiated by the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation, the Mennonite Central Committee, and Christians in Northeast Asia from different denominations, the forum is held annually. The third forum was conducted in Hong Kong.
About 80 Christians from the United States, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea attended. They meditated on Corinthians 5: 17-20: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. God reconciled the world to himself in Christ not counting people's sins against them and He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. The host believed that these verses were good news to us from the Bible and God entrusted the mission of reconciliation to Christians.
Chris Rice, co-founder of the Duke Center for Reconciliation, shared that the forum adopted a devotional and close-to-life style, hoping that misunderstanding and divisions could be eliminated when Christians from different countries and cultures worshiped, praised, communicated with each other, and reflected on Jesus Christ's spirit of "reconciliation" together. "We come to Jeju from different journeys, contexts, and traditions. At the same time we share three "We's." First, we share a Christian "we" in the search for preace as God's reconciling mission. Second, we share a calling to serve our shared context of Northeast Asia. Third, we share a passion to strengthen Christian witness in the ministry of reconciliation and peace," said Chris.
The five mornings started with worship and devotionals and the evenings concluded with Taizé prayer services. Meanwhile, themed speeches that considered the journey of reconciliation from different perspectives including biblical theology, practical theology, and contextualization were given. Afternoon seminars covered the biblical foundation for reconciliation, the Korean Peninsula and Christians, reconciliation and the history of the Northeast Asia, programs in peace and reconciliation, Taizé ministry of reconciliation, and "men and women are one in Christ Jesus."
In addition to these, a half-day trip to the April 3rd Jeju massacre museum was arranged to learn the painful history of the island.
Translated by Karen Luo
More from CCD
The Christian community in Shishi participated in the "religious charity week" campaign by giving donations.
The Hudson Taylor Memorial Building was opened in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province, where the great missionary is buried.
56 students were enrolled in the 30th full-time training program for pastoral volunteers initiated by the Shaanxi CC&TSPM and Shaanxi Bible School.
A brief story of a Christian care home in China that takes care of four elderly people.
There was a church-run primary school located deep in an alley near Shima Church in Longhai, Fujian.
All the students are categorized into 26 Bible groups in which the whole Bible will be read through.
On August 28, 2019, German Professor Jürgen Kursawa will perform an organ recital in Hangzhou Gulou Church of Zhejiang.
Pudong New Area CC&TSPM held a launch ceremony for an education support project for Yunnan.
A summer camp for young adults was held in Yecuo Church in Quan'gang District, Quanzhou, Fujian.
On August 19, 2019, Heilongjiang Theological Seminary held the opening service & ceremony of its 2019 autumn semester.