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Ecumenical News

World Council of ChurchesWCC s2 

A Joint Ecumenical Peace Message was released by the World Council of Churches on the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War (25 June 1950 –  27 July 1953). Churches and councils of churches from countries that played a role in the conflict have urged a formal declaration of the end of that War and the adoption of a peace treaty. 

“Seven decades after this war began, it is time to acknowledge that it ended long ago,” the message reads. 

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A Joint Ecumenical Peace Message for the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War was publicly delivered on 22 June during a live-streamed event. Co-sponsored by churches and councils of churches around the world, especially from countries that participated in the Korean War, the message describes the Korean War as an “appallingly destructive conflict” after which no peace treaty was ever concluded

Read more: Joint message calls for healing wounds and a shared future for the Korean Peninsula - 22 June 2020

A new World Council of Churches (WCC) publication, “The Light of Peace – The Churches and the Korean Peninsula,” is offering WCC member churches resources for understanding and reflecting on 70 years of unresolved conflict on the Korean Peninsula during this anniversary year, 2020.

Read more: “Light of Peace” publication nurtures hope for peace on the Korean Peninsula - 22 June 2020

As members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) fellowship and national councils of churches gathered online on 22 June, they pledged to walk beside their sisters and brothers on the Korean Peninsula in their quest for peace.

Read more: “As Christians we are called to take bold new steps for peace” on the Korean Peninsula - 22 June 2020 

“Human peace chain” along the 500 km long Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea, April 2019. Photo: John C. Park 

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Joint Ecumenical Peace Message on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War 

Video presentation of the Ecumenical Peace Message

 

 

 

 

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