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
At the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea 100th General Assembly, our churches were represented at the event by Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson from the UCC and Jinsuk Chun from the Disciples. They received, on behalf of Global Ministries, a Plaque of Appreciation from the PROK. The plaque reads:Read more
To revitalize and strengthen the ecumenical commitment for justice, healing, reconciliation and peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula, the Ecumenical Forum on Peace in Northeast Asia was held from 11 to 13 September in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is alarmed by the escalating tensions and exchanges of fire on the Korean peninsula. “The governments of South and North Korea are engaged in a dangerous game of provocation and counter-provocation,” said director of the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs Peter Prove, “which puts the lives of the people of the peninsula into jeopardy.”Read more
Greetings from the National Council of Churches in Korea,
After 4 days of consecutive talks between South and North, 4 high-level government officials came up with the following agreement which we are all waiting for.
In a statement issued by the NCCK, we expressed sincere appreciation to the patient work by government officials to achieve a peaceful solution through the tense meetings. We also declared that “this agreement would be a cornerstone through which the new era will open for true reconciliation and reunification in the Korean peninsula.” We also expressed our heartfelt appreciation to all our partner churches around the world for their continuous concerns and prayers.Read more