Joint Pastoral Letter signed by 54 Hong Kong Chinese Christian Ministers and Scholars on 5 August 2019
Brothers and sisters in Christ. Peace be with you all.
Today Hong Kong is at a time of crisis. Clashes in society are escalating by the day. In June, we experienced two massive protest rallies. In July, on the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, apart from the protest rally, there was the storming of the Legislative Council building. By the second half of July, we also had the 7.21 Yuen Long and 7.28 Western District incidents. During these multiple demonstration clashes, demonstrators charged forward and the police reacted with tougher and tougher measures. Amid all these protests and clashes, the government, other than repeating its views and condemnations against the violence, has not truly addressed the demands of the people, nor taken any measures to calm down the situation. At the time of writing, Hong Kong is facing the "three strikes" and rallies in all districts intended to force the government to respond to the demands. Hong Kong is like a box full of explosives ready to explode.Read more
From the WCC
Available also in Korean.
Lord, we were once one country. We were one 100 years ago when we cried out for Korean independence against the tyranny of Japanese imperialism. We were one when we broke the 36-year-old chain and cried for freedom at every corner of the Korean Peninsula. We had been one for 5,000 years. Thank you Lord for your grace that led us into one.Read more
From the World Council of Churches (WCC)
An Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula, held 10-12 July in Bangkok, has issued a communique that reiterates calls for peace and outlines possible steps toward renewed dialogue.
The forum drew 46 participants from 11 countries, including delegations from the Korean Christian Federation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and from the National Council of Churches in the Republic of Korea.Read more
On 27 April, some 500,000 people joined hands to form a “human peace chain” along the 500 km long Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea. They expressed their strong desire for permanent peace in the Korean Peninsula, gathering to celebrate the first anniversary of Panmunjom Declaration and commemorate the centennial of the 1 March Independence Movement.Read more
From World Council of Churches
An international seminar held in Seoul on 4-5 March explored how diaconal ministry contributes to the reconciliation and peace work of the global church, and how diaconal ministry efforts can be improved through exchange and cooperation among churches in North and South Korea.Read more
On August 12 you can join the churches in the world in celebrating the “Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula” using the following prayer prepared by the churches of North Korea and South Korea.Read more
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God - Matthew 5:9
From June 10-20, 2018 I had the great opportunity to participate in the Korea Peace Treaty Campaign that was organized by the National Council of Churches in Korea, a Global Ministries partner, and included participants from South Korea, the US, Canada, Scotland, and England. We kicked off the campaign in Tokyo where NCCK members met with Japanese Diet members and where we all met with members of the National Council of Churches in Japan, also a Global Ministries partner. We then moved to Hiroshima where we all participated in the 6th Global Inter-Religious Conference on Article 9 of the Japanese Peace Constitution. After 4 days of study tours, presentations, prayer services, and discussion, we headed to South Korea. There we visited observation facilities along the border with North Korea, heard presentations about barriers to peace in Korea as well as visions of a peaceful future, attended a worship service in a local church, and met with a Member of Parliament and a person who works on the staff of the South Korean President. Throughout our time together there was one common theme and one common hope: peace in Northeast Asia.Read more
Leaders of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) issued this statement following the summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un which resulted in an understanding that Pyongyang would work toward denuclearization and the United States would end joint military exercises with South Korea.
"He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Isaiah 2:4Read more