Peace Colloquy 2012

19 Jan

Peace Colloquy 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

By: Jessica Gunter

 

I was in awe when I came to the Temple. I have seen pictures of the Temple in

the Herald, but seeing it in person is a whole different experience. The sanctuary is so

beautiful. I probably took ten pictures of the swirl. The decorations of cherry blossoms

and paper cranes made me miss Japan. The story behind the paper cranes broke my heart.

Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima. She

survived the bombing, but at the age of 12, Sadako died from leukemia because of

the “A-bomb disease.” Before she died, she was working on folding 1,000 paper cranes

believing it would cure her because of the legend of 1,000 paper cranes. According to

the legend after folding 1,000 paper cranes you are granted a wish. Her one wish was to

get well, but she died before she could finish. Now the 1,000 paper cranes symbolize the

wish for hope and peace for the world.

 

One of the speakers at Peace Colloquy, Hibakusha, was a survivor of the

Hiroshima bombing. Hearing her story made me so ashamed in the United States’

decision for bombing Hiroshima. She has witnessed horrifying deaths and the loss

of family and friends. She can’t even look at a sunset without remembering that day

of horror. But after shedding tears, I was able to smile when she said she was happy

to be here in America with us. After everything that happened to her she is able to

forgive. At that moment I knew she was following the mission of Jesus Christ. Suffering

wasn’t going to stop her from pursuing peace. Now I have more of an understanding

of how the Community of Christ’s mission initiatives came to be. We need to focus on

inviting people to Christ, abolishing poverty/ ending suffering, pursuing peace on Earth,

developing disciples to serve, and experiencing congregations in mission. In my view

we especially need to focus on abolishing poverty/ending suffering and pursuing peace

on Earth. We live in a cruel world. Let us work together to end all the suffering in this

world.

 

Abolishing nuclear weapons maybe one of the steps to bringing peace. Knowing

about the world’s past history, abolishing nuclear weapons is a difficult goal to

accomplish. So maybe as a logical goal, we should start off by supporting a planned

reduction in nuclear weapons across the world, that way slowly in time, nuclear weapons

would be abolished all together. I was not aware that Community of Christ Church was

seeking global perspectives on nuclear weapons until I came to the 2012 Peace Colloquy.

If the church wants Community of Christ members to be aware of this theme, then the

message needs to be communicated better. I was very happy that I was able to come to

this Peace Colloquy. I finally got to see the magnificent Temple, see wonderful familiar

faces, and be a part of the mission of the Community of Christ Church. I will not forget

my experience at the 2012 Peace Colloquy.

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