Dr Kang Moon-Kyu at a WCC meeting in 1999.

Dr Kang Moon-Kyu at a WCC meeting in 1999.


The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Dr Kang Moon-Kyu, an ecumenical leader from South Korea and former president of the WCC from Asia, 1998-2006.

Dr Kang passed away Wednesday, 18 December. He was 83.

In a letter to Kang’s wife, Prof. Kang Kim Sook Ja, Tveit expressed appreciation for the contribution Kang made to the global ecumenical movement through his involvement with the WCC, as a lay member of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) and in several other capacities.

“He served the ecumenical movement in various capacities as the Asia Pacific regional secretary of the World Student Christian Federation, general secretary of the Korean YMCA, general committee member and the treasurer of the Christian Conference of Asia, and a member of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) of the World Council of Churches,” Tveit wrote in his letter.

“As we mourn his passing away, the WCC recognizes his invaluable contribution to the ecumenical movement and the society at large,” Tveit said.

Read full text of the general secretary’s letter to Prof. Kang Kim Sook Ja