Weekend in Seoul

We spent the weekend in Seoul, hosted by Korean Quakers.    We traveled by train - three hours at speeds up to 300 km per hour - but you wouldn't think it because the ride was so smooth.   We were met at the train station by taken for a Korean lunch.  Then we visited two palaces of dynasties aroun 1300 and 1400, had Korean tea in a teashop in the old part of Seoul, visited a Buddhist Temple which was packed with folks coming for evening worship and people in the courtyard where there were hundreds for pots of chrysanthemums - Korea's national flower - to rememb

More from the World Council of Churches, Busan, South Korea

Yesterday, Friday the day began with a drums, music and song as people gathered.   This was followed by a moving plenary about life in Asia.  Three women told the story about how their lives and how people in Asia are being impacted by globalisation, migration in search of work, exploitation of women, children, and natural resources  with the subsequent devastation to the environment.

2 Days in Busan

I've now been 2 days in Busan.  Yesterday we saw an amazing cultural performance  - music and dance - on the history of Korea - colonization, independence, the Korean conflict and the contued division into north and south Korea.   Each day there are several cultural events and lots of people from around the world to meet.   Lots of bright young people who are committed to helping make this world a better place.    There have also been several sessions of WCC business.  And more tomorrow.

Peace Train to South Korea

It's been a while since I have written anything on this blog - three years to be exact.  My life has gone through a number of transitions in that time.

But I am writing to you now as I sit in the Pearson Airport waiting for a flight to Tokyo and then going on to Busan in South Korea to the 10 international gathering of the World Council of Churches.    I am going as a representative of Canadian Yearly Meeting.   And I hope to be able to blog about the experience while there.

Quaker Earthcare Witness - April meeting - setting priorities

At its April meeting in Chicago, Quaker EArthcare Witness set some priorities for the next year:  focus on communications and outreach - particularly engaging with young people; telling our story; projects such as the mini-grants; finca la bella farm in Costa Rica and connecting with community initiatives for sustainability.

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