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
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
Greetings from the National Council of Churches in Korea.
As you are aware, the landmine explosion in the DMZ (Aug. 4th) has aggravated the already deteriorated North/South relations. North and South have blamed each other even though the whole truth of the tragic accident is still in mystery. The South alleged that the landmines had been planted by the North, but the North insisted that the explosion was a manipulation of the South and urged to stop war games. To retaliate the landmine attack of the North, on Aug. 10th the South Korean military resumed the propaganda broadcast to North Korea using giant speakers. In turn the North gave strong warning against the broadcast condemning it as a psychological warfare. Actually the broadcast to North Korea stopped 11 years ago during Noh’s administration as it had antagonized the North: Even in the time of Cheoan warship crisis, the South did not broadcast against the North as it provokes extreme hostility. Meanwhile on Aug. 17 the US and the South began the UFG military drill.Read more
The actions of the Japanese government are very destabilizing and disturbing to the North East Asia region as they bid to change their constitution which, since the post-war constitution was written up to this time, has ensured peace and non-aggression as a national policy. To see the present action of the United States in supporting this revision is very disheartening and extremely alarming and the consequences will be severe.Read more
Rev. Dr. Kim Young-ju, General Secretary of the NCCK, released a statement of protest in response to actions taken by the United States Forces stationed in South Korea.Read more