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Churches from across the world to join the Ecumenical Peace Message for Korea

Churches from across the world to join the Ecumenical Peace Message for Korea

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17 June 2020

A Joint Ecumenical Peace Message for the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War will be presented at the online event “Ecumenical efforts for peace on the Korean War’s 70th Anniversary,” hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) at 13.00 CEST on 22 June.

During the livestreamed event the Joint Ecumenical Peace Message will be read by representatives of churches and councils of churches around the world, including the countries that participated in the Korean War, promoting the peace and reconciliation message for the Korean Peninsula in church circles and beyond.

Speakers at the event include WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, WCC deputy general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, National Council of Churches in Korea general secretary Rev. Hong Jung Lee, WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs moderator Rev. Frank Chikane, National Council of Churches (USA) president Rev. John Dorhauer and other co-sponsors of the peace message. The online event will be livestreamed on the WCC Youtube channel, www.oikoumene.org/live.

The event will support the 2020 Global Prayer Campaign for the Korean Peninsula to promote ecumenical cooperation in advocating for a permanent peace regime in Korea.

As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, the World Council of Churches, together with the National Council of Churches in Korea, launched the Global Prayer Campaign: “We Pray, Peace Now, End the War.” The campaign invites all churches and Christians to join in prayer for the formal end to the Korean War and the replacement of the 1953 Armistice Agreement with a peace treaty.

Online event on 22 June, "Ecumenical Efforts for Peace on the Korean War’s 70th Anniversary"

Global prayer campaign for peace on the Korean Peninsula

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WCC member churches in the Republic of Korea