Greetings from Korea.
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I arrived in Seoul Friday Night and made it safely and easily through customs. I was greeted by our dear friend and brother Seth. I had the pleasure of staying with Seth and Nan Young at there house.
There house was very nice and simple. Nan Young has learned weaving and has made bags, baskets, and mats. Saturday night I joined them at a International Folk music night that Seth is hosting regularly. His young Korean students did traditional drumming and many foreigner friends played music.
Sunday was the Jeongwol Daeboreum (first full moon festival) this is a beautiful celebration to bring luck and good wishes into the New Year. There was lots of traditional Korean drumming and dance. There was a large burning of grass and straw that sent the prayers and blessings into the sky. It was really amazing. Read more about it here:
I have officially arrived to my home in Jeju Island Gangjeong village. So much has changed since my last visit. I am staying in the new St. Francis Peace Center. The building is really luxurious with heated toilet seats.
So far our days consists of 7am daily prayer bows. Which are 100 peace prayer bows all in Korean. It is so beautiful.
11am mass and dance. Mass is the main form of protest and blockade here. Again it is all in Korean, and about two times throughout the mass we are moved out of the way by the police officers. We are served Eucharist during mass. I remember Bix calling it 'Eucharistic Resistance' we are taking Eucharist in front of the navy base gate.
Mass ends with human chain and dancing. It is important to bring happy spirits into the dark and harsh reality that is here. These people are outside in the cold rain each day, there strength is unbelievable. Military imperialism does not stop, so we can't stop fighting either.
Then we eat lunch in the outdoor community restaurant. The food is so delicious. I think I must be part Korean. I love it so much. Rice and kimchi for days.
After lunch we join in whatever activity is happening in the village.
Friday 26th is opening ceremony for military base. There might be a new gate entrance opening up that day as well. Everyone is scrambling to organize actions and dances. I am not sure what is going to happen yet.
It is amazing to see all the differences here since my last trip in 2014, you can openly see all the military buildings and housing units.
I have hopes to take many more pictures and do more story collecting.
Any suggestions for places to write to or questions people have would be great big help.
Well off to mass now.
My Korean nickname is dal 달 which means moon.
I will write more later.
Peace and love,