Lectionary Selection: Luke 7:11-17
Prayers for Korea:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We worship you for who you are, the great “I Am.” The splendor of your majesty prevails as we rise each day and witness the display of your incomparable great power for us. You are more than enough in every area of our lives. Your immense love and compassion for us reaches far beyond any depth that we could ever comprehend.
Thank you Lord, that you hear every spoken, unspoken, or liquid prayer that we utter unto you. You not only meet us at the point of our need but you are He who does immeasurably more than all that we could ever ask or imagine. There is nothing too hard for you! You can deliver us from any situation, even those that appear hopeless or dead in our eyes. You respond to the cry, call, and plight of your people all around the world. There is no language barrier with you.
Thank you for your tender grace and mercy. Thank you for the gift of life and the dawn of a new day in which we can experience true joy. It is in the name of Jesus that we pray,
Asia Sunday is observed every year on the Sunday before Pentecost, and in 2016, Asia Sunday falls on May 8.
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) chose the theme for Asia Sunday 2016 on ‘Korea: Towards Unity in the Bond of Peace’ based on the Biblical verse, Ephesians 4:3: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”Read more
Position on the Sanction of Ministry of Unification on the Reconciliation and Reunification Committee of the NCCK
April 4, 2016
The North and South relationship has been completely cut off and war clouds are hovering over the Korean peninsula due to North Korea’s fourth nuclear testing and satellite launch as well as the closing down of the Kaesung Industrial Complex and the UN Security Council Resolution 2270 on North Korea.Read more
Thank you for letting us know, as we hear the trickling waters beneath the melting ice, that spring is not far away. Thank you for showing us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that a new road lies beyond the one that ends.Read more
The Reconciliation and Reunification Committee of the National Council of Churches (NCCK) expresses a deep regret on North Korea’s launch of Kwangmyongsong-4 on February 7 as it will heighten on the Korean soil the arms race among super powers and eventually threaten peace and stability in North East Asia. We are also greatly concerned that in the present situation the South and the US are jumping into the decision to deploy on the Korean peninsula the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and establish a KOR-US-JAPAN Missile Defense system in response to the launch of Kwangmyuongsung-4 earth observation satellite.Read more
December 3-5, 2015 there was an international conference held in Germany on Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula. Global Ministries has committed to walking in faith with a partner in Korea (Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea) in supporting peace and reunification of the peninsula.Read more
by the National Council of Churches in Korea. For more information please click here: http://peace.kncc.or.kr/
God’s Peace cannot be achieved through force
Since the proclamation of the “Declaration of the Churches of Korea on National Unification and Peace” in 1988, the NCCK has continuously made clear its principle of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the whole world. But amidst rising military tension due to North Korea’s nuclear test on January 6, we claim the following with deep concern.Read more
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
The following commentary originally appeared as part of the United Church of Christ's Witness for Justice series.
Written by Rev. Dr. Xiaoling Zhu
Global Ministries Area Executive for East Asia and the Pacific
This summer the national gathering of the United Church of Christ passed the resolution “A Call for Peace, Justice and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula.” As a peace and justice church, we are carrying on God’s mission of healing among all humankind. This situation in need of healing is unfamiliar to many in North America however.Read more