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
On July 23, 2020 the National Council of Churches in Korea convened partners and civil society groups for the historic Declaration for the People’s Korea Peace Agreement
2020 Peace Jubilee Year - 70th Anniversary of Korean War
The year 2020 is the 70th Anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The Korean War, which broke out on June 25th, 1950, cost millions of lives and left the Korean Peninsula in ruins. The 1953 Armistice Agreement did not lead to a peace agreement and the Korean land and people, including many families separated by war, remain divided to this day. International partners are joining Korean churches in calling attention this year to the need for an official agreement to be "the first step toward ending this conflict and the military confrontation which threatens life on the Korean Peninsula."
Take Action! Time for a Korea Peace Treaty
The Korean War ended on in 1953 with the signing of an Armistice Agreement as only a temporary political arrangement. Yet after nearly 70 years a formal peace treaty has never been reached, leaving the peninsula and its people divided by fear and hostility, and subject to recurring incidents of violence. Korean partners insist now is the time to formally end the Korean War. Global Ministries joins the Global Campaign for a Korea Peace Treaty in seeking a new direction in U.S. policy that prioritizes negotiations for a Korean peace treaty to replace the Armistice Agreement. Add your voice to this effort to bring peace and healing to the legacy of division and conflict that remains on the Korean peninsula.
Pray for Peace!
The National Council of Churches in Korea and World Council of Churches invites churches worldwide to join "Light of Peace," a Jubilee prayer campaign for peace on the Korean Peninsula from 1 March to 15 August, 2020.
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.
August 15: National Liberation Day of Korea
August 15 is the date of Korea’s Liberation from Japanese colonization in 1945. Both South Korea and North Korea celebrate the date, since 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 the Disciples of Christ and UCC each passed the resolution A Call for Peace, Justice and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula which recognizes "the Sunday before August 15 as the Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula."
The resolutions also call 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[.]”
Global Ministries Resources
- Reflection and Report of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in Korea, Dec. 2019, by John Ahn and Jess Kim
- 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
- 2020 Light of Peace Jubilee prayer campaign
- 2019 Sunday Prayer Worship for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
- 2018 Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
- 2017 Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
- 2016 Worship for the Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
- 2015 Easter North-South Korea Joint Prayer
- 2013 Prayer for Peace and Reunification of North and South Korea
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.