Monthly Archives: June 2014

A day for sports

IMG_4991 (800x533)I went to pick up another stamp for my National Park Passport.

I ended up in the middle of a multi-sport festival.

Governors Island has a long history. It lies a few hundred yards off Manhattan.

It served as part of the fortifications of New York during the War of 1812. However the guns mounted in Fort Jay, Castle Williams, and the South Battery did not fire a shot. During the Civil War it served as a prison for Confederates. The island housed military command headquarters and the U.S. Coast Guard.

I learned about this history as spent the afternoon on the island. I saw the barracks and touched the guns. I took in the views of Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey.

In 2003, a portion of the island was designated as Governors Island National Monument; The Trust for Governors Island administers the rest. There are walks, opportunities to ride bikes, and cultural events.

Today one could view three different sporting events:

A badminton tournament

A large screen TV showing the World Cup

And the Gotham Base Ball Club played

All three made great additions to my visit. A good day. A fun day. And another stamp.

See you along the Trail.


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Prayer for Peace on 6/25

A prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula for the anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. Thanks Kurt!

Hyeyoung and Kurt's Korean Adventure

Today, June 25th, marks the day commonly recognized as the beginning of the Korean War when international powers dragged the Korean Peninsula back into conflict, except this time within itself.  As part of my job with the NCCK, I come into contact with resources, liturgy, and prayers that they have created on behalf of the peaceful reconciliation movement. I would like to share this prayer with you today which comes from a service created by NCCK members for the peaceful reconciliation movement.

Oh Lord, who unites us with the joy of liberation, thank you for filling us with life and joy and for reconciling our divided hearts through [our common worship as Christians around the world and our common communion around the table]. The fellowship you have given us becomes our hope and promise while suffering from deep division between sister to sister, brother to brother, and neighbor to neighbor.

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Jeju Island Study Trip: Part 1

Way behind on this – but here is a reflection on the visit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Young Adult Volunteer program in South Korea to Jeju Island, a place of beauty, pain, and courage.

Hyeyoung and Kurt's Korean Adventure

We take the YAVs on four big study trips/retreats during the one year they live with us in Daejeon. Our first trip was to Busan for the World Council of Churches Assembly. This time we went to Jeju Island. It is Korea’s largest island, and it hangs off the southern tip of the peninsula. It is known these days as a vacation/resort location, particularly for honeymoon couples. However, we went to learn about some of its darker history and some of the ways the islanders continue to deal with sufferings of the past. We spent 6 nights and 7 days there learning about the history of the island, it’s connection to the history of the mainland, and it’s unique culture that differs a bit from the mainland. I’ll cover different parts of our week there over the course of several posts.

Jeju April 3rd Peace Park (4/3 “Sah Sahm”)

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Arrive – 14 June 2014


FedEx Kinko’s discovered.
I have
arrived at General Assembly

12 June 2014
Marriott at the Renaissance
Detroit, Michigan

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Arrive 2 – 14 June 2014


I had posted for this day.
Then, walking along the Detroit riverfront,
I saw this statue.
And it left me to wonder:

Where have we arrived?

How much farther do we have to go?

12 June 2014
Detroit RiverWalk
Detroit, Michigan

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To – 13 June 2014

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1 February 2014
Sending text and photos
the church and world
Interfaith Dialogue between
Sikh Coalition
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Manhattan, New York


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Purple flowers: guest collection #6

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Thanks to Deborah Wright

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