The two-year masters program “Studies of Ecumenism and Social Transformation” (SEST) at the Graduate School of Theology of Hanshin University in Korea, began on January 19, 2015. Four out of nine students were in attendance and enrolled in the 7 week-long intensive Korean language course during this past winter. Other students are scheduled to arrive before the spring semester officially begins on March 1. Those students will join the class at a later time due to visa issues or miscellaneous family situations in their respective countries. We pray that all the students will be able to meet together on campus with no difficulties. It is amazing that two students from Africa joined our program for the first time. Although the program originally centers on the context of Asia, it is now broadening its focus toward African countries. There are students from Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malawi, and Myanmar. They will reside on campus for two years and volunteer at local churches during the weekends in order to acquire Korean language skills as well as to become acquainted with Korean culture.Read more
The National Council of Churches in Korea has appealed to international partners to join them in prayer and solidarity for peace during this Lenten season.Read more
In December 2014 the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) intruded Mintongsun Peace Church, which they accused of conducting Pro-North Korea activities, however their activities are all peaceful efforts toward reconciliation of the Korean peninsula. Based on the National Security Law the SMPA searched the church buildings and especially the sanctuary where they removed the cross and dismantled the altar, sacred pieces of Christian worship. The NCCK Executive Committee, which met on January 22nd concluded that these actions threaten freedom of expression and association as well as freedom of religion. The NCCK further demand the SMPA to make an official apology for these blasphemous actions. On January 8th, in protest to these blasphemous actions, about thirteen people including the pastor of the church began sit-in strike in the NCCK.
Please keep the Korean church in your prayers and express solidarity to the people in the sit-in protest.
January 26, 2015
Department of Justice and Peace
The National Council of Churches in Korea
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose”(Romans 8:28).”Read more
A “Korea Peace March and Vigil” Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, will focus on how to establish lasting peace and eventual reunification on the Korean Peninsula. The event will culminate in a march to Lafayette Park in front of the White House.Read more
PROK Thanks NAPAD for Assistance for the Families of the Ferry DisasterRead more
This is an expression of the pain the National Council of Churches in Korea feels at the kidnapping of Nigerian girls on April 14 as an act of religious terror.Read more
2013 marked the 60th anniversary of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK). The formation of the PROK was a response to the tone of the times, challenging the newly formed church of Jesus Christ to live into its prophetic role in in society as well as equip its leaders and members with comprehensive and contextual understanding of the Bible, so that the Gospel will be truly lived in the present and future circumstances.Read more
On behalf of the congregations and members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, we offer our deepest condolences to the people of South Korea upon the tragic SEWOL ferry accident of Tuesday, April 15, 2014.Read more