Thursday, March 2, 2017

Three Duke Divinity School students have been selected to attend the fourth annual Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia, part of the Northeast Asia Reconciliation Initiative (NARI). This year the forum will be held in Jeju, South Korea on May 29 to June 2.

Seyun Hwang, M.Div. '18; Peace Lee, a Th.D. student; and Kilpen Singer, M.Div. '18 will participate in the fourth annual forum along with Duke Divinity faculty and staff, including Sujin Pak, assistant research professor of the history of Christianity; Xi Lian, professor of world Christianity; and Dan Struble, associate dean for external relations and interim director of the Center for Reconciliation.

The event draws around 60 scholars, practitioners, and church leaders from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. to join together on a week-long journey across historical wounds and divides in the region and the church in a small microcosm of the larger Christian journey of reconciliation. Like the Great Lakes Institute in Africa and the Summer Institute for Reconciliation at Duke, the forum includes worship, pilgrimage, meal fellowship, speakers, and seminars.

“The work of reconciliation is indeed interconnected," wrote Lee in her application essay. "What is happening elsewhere has everything to do with what is happening here, in the United States. Our context cannot be disconnected from the context in the East Asia; in fact, United States continues to have a powerful military and political presence in many of these countries, and its engagement with these countries have never been neutral.”

The three Duke students will share their experiences over a brown bag lunch when classes resume in the fall semester. The Center for Reconciliation, one of the founding partners of NARI, will announce the details for the lunch in August.