Photo: Paul Jeffrey/WCC

Photo: Paul Jeffrey/WCC

While celebrating new steps taken towards global elimination of nuclear weapons, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee also fears the cycle of confrontation on the Korean peninsula might slide into nuclear warfare.

“The death and destruction that would inevitably result from any conflict in such a highly militarized environment cannot and must not be contemplated,” reads a statement issued by the Executive Committee during its meeting from 17-23 November in Amman, Jordan. “The gravity of this situation calls for our most profound words of wisdom and our deepest commitment to work for peace.”

The WCC is inviting all Christians around the world and all people of good will to join in prayers for peace, and in actions of solidarity through a global campaign, “A Light of Peace,” in which candles will be lit on the first and second Sundays in Advent.

Read full statement on the situation on the Korean peninsula

During Advent, WCC invites the world to “A Light of Peace” (WCC press release of 14 November 2017)

WCC Executive Committee emphasize peace, justice and unity (WCC press release of 19 November 2017)

WCC Executive Committee to convene in Amman (WCC press release 16 November, 2017)