The World Council of Churches invites churches worldwide for a global prayer campaign for peace on the Korean Peninsula from 1 March to 15 August, 2020: “We Pray, Peace Now, End the War!”
During the campaign 70 prayers and stories will be published, corresponding with a commemoration of 70 years since the Korean War in 2020. In cooperation with the National Council of Churches in Korea, prayers will be published online each week.
Pray for Peace! 2019 Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula (August 11, 2019)
In Korea, August 15 is celebrated as Liberation Day, the date of Korea’s Liberation from Japanese colonization at the end of World War II. It’s a date marked by both South Korea and North Korea, as many regard the two states as one country whose shared history and future are but momentarily, if tragically, divided by the circumstances of war and politics.
In 2015, on the 70th Anniversary of Korea’s liberation, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ both passed the resolution “A Call for Peace, Justice and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula.”
The resolutions call for our churches to recognize "the Sunday before August 15 as the Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula."
In the resolutions we also committed to push the “U.S. government and international community [to] commence a new process of peace-building across the Korean peninsula, that includes a commitment by all parties to replace the Armistice Agreement of 1953 with a permanent peace treaty, finally bringing an end to the state of war; and a mutual commitment to end provocative military exercises on the peninsula, to reduce military expenditures, and to eliminate nuclear weapons on the peninsula, establishing a model for peace and demilitarization in Northeast Asia[.]”
Take Action! Support the Global Campaign for a Korea Peace Treaty
Support a new direction in U.S. Korea policy by joining the Global Campaign for a Korea Peace Treaty, urging the U.S. to enter negotiations for a Korean peace treaty to replace the Armistice Agreement. Join our Korean partners in saying now is the time to formally end the Korean War, to finally move toward a Korea Peace Treaty. Sign the petition to support this effort to bring peace and healing to the legacy of division and conflict that remains on the Korean peninsula.
Global Ministries Resources
- Getting to the Root: Time for a Korea Peace Treaty, July 2016, by Derek Duncan
- Witness for Justice: Pursue healing, justice, reconciliation, peace and reunification in Korea, December 2015, by Xiaoling Zhu
- Disciples Resolution on Peace, Justice and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula
- UCC Resolution on Peace, Justice and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula