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Korean Character Shines at the Olympics

The following is an abridged expert from the address given to Ambassador for Peace on August, 11, 2012 in Seoul, Korea. The 2012 Olympics have recently come to a close. There, the Korean people showed their true character to the world. Although this is a nation of...

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Korea United Builds Grassroots Engagement for Unification

Korea United brings new approaches to Korean unification. Up to now the discussion for unification has been among leaders. Mainly political and military representatives sat at the negotiating table. Korea United is opening the discussion to every citizen. Up to now...

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Hope for the Future

Molo is a town in Kenya’s Rift Valley. In 2007, it experienced the brunt of the ethnic violence that followed the presidential election. Thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. Today in Molo grass grows over the remains of a school that was burnt to...

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Unification Generation – “U-Generation”

The current grandparents and parents of Korea saw their nation torn apart by war. Their generation invested their sweat and blood to build up the nation from its ashes, and shed many tears over the 38th Parallel that carved their families and homeland in half. The...

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Korea Giving Back

In 2010, Korea hosted the G20 Summit as the first non G8 nation. Korea is unique, as President Lee Myung Bak shared, because it has “first-hand experience of economic development within living memory.” In Korea in the 70s, the average family could not afford to put...

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Becoming One With The Natural World

  I was reminded of why I go into the mountains when I read about the mountain challenges of the youth leaders from the Global Peace Youth Corps in Mt. Kilimanjaro and the mountains of Montana. Before any major undertaking I go into the mountains to align my...

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Service is the Key to Peace

A report was recently published by Global Poomashi –Indonesia. Particularly moving was their service projects. This program was not just an international cross cultural exchange, it was a joint service venture that broke down national and socioeconomic barriers. Even...

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Your Moral Compass

When trekking through deep mountains, sometimes people lose their way. It becomes difficult to figure out where they are or where they should go. Surrounded by trees and recurring landscapes, they become totally disoriented. In their time of confusion, they depend on...

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My Place of Worship

Nature is my place of worship. High on a summit after scaling steep slopes and rocky faces, I have met God. There, the ground is barren; nothing can survive that high.  The wind blows unhindered, ready to sweep me off the pinnacle. Below, the jagged rocks look up....

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Harambee and Africa’s Future

  I first visited Kenya in 2008. The nation was still suffering from the aftereffects of post-electoral violence. But, I knew that Kenya would recover to become a leading force for African development. Under the coat of arms of Kenya is a Swahili phrase,...

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Celebrating the Legacy of the United States

At the recent media conference in South America, the story of the the United States' founding was shared. This story captures the essence of what makes America great. More than its political or economic system, what makes this nation great is its founding principles....

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Grow Deep Roots

In the mountains, each height has unique plant life. The base of the mountain is abundant with trees. But higher up, above the tree line, the landscape becomes barren. Still, many plants and flowers thrive at those heights. The plants aren’t tall, but their root...

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