NCCK organises march and vigil for peace and reunification
About 300 Christians marched for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula and held a vigil in Washington D.C. on July 26– marking the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement which ended the Korean War in 1953. The participants included representatives from the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK), as well as from the United Methodist Church (UMC), which hosted the event. The participants marched from the Foundry United Methodist Church to Lafayette Park, located at the rear of the White House.
Rev. Dr Mary Ann Swenson
Rev. Dr Mary Ann Swenson of the UMC and Vice-Moderator of the WCC Central Committee said that 61 years is a long period of time, marked by the unfolding realization that the Korean peninsula should be one.
The representatives of the UMC and the NCCK also visited the White House on July 25 and met with Sydney Seiler, Director for Korea at the National Security Council. In their meeting the church leaders emphasized the necessity of defusing the conflict and realizing peace on the Korean peninsula. Some participants also met with Robert R. King, Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues. They shared opinions on the necessity for change in the United States’ policy toward North Korea in order to build peace on the Korean peninsula.
At its 2012 General Assembly, the UMC adopted a “4-year plan for peace and reconciliation in the Korean peninsula”. Following this resolution, representatives of the UMC will also visit North Korea and South Korea in 2015.
WCC invited the Christians to join in a prayer for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula which was organised by the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korean Christian Federation. The prayer is traditionally used on the Sunday before 15 August every year. In 2014, this date falls on Sunday 10 August.
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