[Editorial] You can make a difference, too

Published February 2015 in Groove Korea When Daniel Payne came to Korea in 2003, he was conflicted. As a 23-year-old divorcé struggling with balancing his religion and homosexuality, he found no sympathy from the local Christian Church. But years of questioning God led him to realize a higher purpose: to create a home for those in the LGBTQ community who were shunned by the church but still sought comfort in their religion. After many months, he found a home for his congregation, the Open Doors Community Church, and has extended his reach as a counselor and pastor to help establish Rainbow,…

[Editorial] Onward and upward

Published in November 2013 in Groove Korea One of Groove Korea’s most difficult times in recent months involved Matt Lamers telling me to get lost. The editor-in-chief and I were arguing over the editing on a feature I had been writing for tireless months, and that he had spent days revising. We both wanted the perfect story but we didn’t agree on how to get there. There were strong words, bruised egos and, at one point, threats of scrapping the project altogether. After a year of dedication to the magazine, I almost did take his suggestion to get lost. But that…