An Odd Sight at the “Most Dangerous Place on Earth”
Bill Clinton once called the DMZ between South and North Korea the most dangerous place on earth. Here is a glimpse of an emerging story of hope, gathered together at that divide: the 45 participants in the first Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia. This was our day of “pilgrimage of pain and hope.” Over 5 days — as Christian church leaders, scholars, and practitioners from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and the U.S. — we worshiped and ate together, engaged a Scriptural framework of peace and reconciliation, and engaged challenging problems in the context. Personally, my life journey has gone “full circle,” from upbringing in Korea, to Mississippi, to Duke and our work with colleagues in East Africa, and now a ministry beginning in relationship to the place I (still) feel is most “home” (the MK DNA is deep). These strangers are becoming companions together, being formed into a new Christian “we” pursuing peace across the us/them divides of Northeast Asia and its history. What a joy this emerging gift is!