The Northeast Asia Reconciliation Initiative is an emerging community of Christian leaders from Northeast Asia and the U.S. seeking to embody God’s vision of reconciliation. The initiative is a theological fueling station to inspire, form, and support practitioners, church leaders, and educators and scholars from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and the U.S. Through spaces of community and learning shaped by biblically-inspired content and methodologies, the goal is to nourish the Christian witness of peace and reconciliation across historical divides and current tensions in the region.
The Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia
The core program of the Northeast Asia Initiative is the Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia, held every spring. The forum is a five-day intensive leadership institute based on the same model as the African Great Lakes Initiative and the Duke Summer Institute for Reconciliation. Through the program, participants engage in worship, relationship-building, learning, seminars, and engaging contextual challenges with fellow Christian leaders across many of the conflicts and divides of Northeast Asia. The forum’s pedagogical model is guided by a biblical framework of reconciliation featuring distinguished teachers, both practitioners and scholars.
The Northeast Asia Initiative would not be possible without mutually transformative engagement with partner organizations and leaders who provide various gifts and resources to the initiative. Current partners with Duke Divinity School include:
- Mennonite Central Committee
- Representatives from the United Church of Christ in Japan, InterVarsity Korea, Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI), and a number of universities and seminaries in Northeast Asia (including Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, and Presbyterian)