Following Jesus Together While Having Very Different Beliefs
How does kimchi relate to following Jesus? Pablo (Hyung Jin) Kim-Sun and Jinah Im were quite happy to explain last Saturday (April 7).
|Kimchi Ingredients (Simple version)||Congregational Ingredients|
|green onions||varying genders|
|sea salt||praying styles|
|red chili powder||‘heart’ language (first language spoken)|
|fermented shrimp||who is Jesus?|
|anchovy sauce||what is the meaning of Jesus’ death|
|onion||what is the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection?|
|Fuji apple||how do we live faithfully?|
|Asian pear||what does it mean to live justly?|
|garlic||(and many more)|
- There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi, just as there are hundreds of varieties of congregations.
- Most of us recognize cabbage kimchi, but other vegetables can also be used. Those of us in the workshop are ‘European’ Anabaptists, but often now our congregations include people from other parts of the world.
- Kimchi has evolved over the centuries; Napa cabbage and chili powder are more recent additions to traditional recipes. Our Anabaptist beliefs and understandings have also evolved over the last 500 years and hopefully will continue to do so.
- Some ingredients in kimchi get blended together, some are left distinct. So too the ingredients of our congregations, some things get mashed together, some things stay distinct.
- Kimchi needs time to ferment, to create that unique flavour, each day tasting a little sharper. Can we recognize how the church also needs time to ferment, how over time we can become more flavourful?
- In Korea making kimchi is a community event. So together we learned how to make kimchi and how we might use diversity to demonstrate the vastness of God’s love to the world.
I admit I am impatient for spring. Winter seems to want to drag on (though in reality, this is probably normal April weather). However, over the last week I’ve been enjoying the furred and feathered creatures that have been visiting our backyard.
(Thanks also to brother Jim who took some of these photos.)
I’ve long liked making toys.
About 35 years ago I started making soft sculpture dolls. It was the beginning of the Cabbage Patch Kids craze, and I thought I could do a better job — so I bought a pattern for Miss Martha’s (?) “Little Sonshine Baby.” It was a 14″ doll.
Not being satisfied with that size only I graphed the pattern and enlarged it, first to 18″ and finally to a 24″ doll.
I took orders to make and sell these dolls. Friends, family, and strangers ordered dolls with varying skin, eye and hair colours, hair styles (or bald), freckles or not, some dressed, some not. These order sheets represent over 60 dolls that I made.
I made only two 24″ dolls, for my own kids.
I take great joy and satisfaction knowing that at least some of these dolls are still being played with by another generation.
I’m impatiently waiting for spring. So when my hibiscus bloomed last weekend I soaked it in, starting with a time-lapse video of the flower opening.