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The Christian Times - Copy of Korean Churches want reunification of the Koreas

Copy of Korean Churches want reunification of the Koreas

Rev. Dr. Sang Chang from the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea.
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A Church leader from the Korean Peninsula says that the Churches want a reunification of the Korean Peninsula, which foms the two Koreas, and have started  a prayer movement to see this happen.

World Council of Churches (WCC) president for Asia, Rev. Dr. Sang Chang from the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, spoke about churches’ aspirations for the reunification of the Korean peninsula, a concern that has been addressed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and its member churches over a number of years.

Chang said that Koreans will observe a designated Sunday before 25 August, dedicated to the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula. She said this initiatives was part of the “pilgrimage of justice and peace”, a call issued by the WCC 10th Assembly. The WCC Assembly was held last year in Busan, Republic of Korea.

“Why should the Korean peninsula, which gained independence and freedom after 36 years of oppression from a defeated Japan, be divided? This is the outcry of the churches,” Chang said.

Sharing the history of separation between South Korea and North Korea, Chang said that the immediate outcome of the tragic division was the Korean war of 1950, costing numerous lives. “Reunification is not possible without peace, and peace is not possible without reconciliation, and reconciliation is not possible without forgiveness,” she said.

“Can the North forgive the South, the South forgive the North, Koreans forgive Japan, the former Soviet Union, China and the US? Can the countries of the world repent and pray for forgiveness?” Chang asked, stressing the significance of the Christian principal of forgiveness for the church members.

 (Original story by WCC. Additional information by TCT)

A Church leader from the Korean Peninsula says that the Churches want a reunification of the Korean Peninsula, which foms the two Koreas, and have started  a prayer movement to see this happen.

World Council of Churches (WCC) president for Asia, Rev. Dr. Sang Chang from the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, spoke about churches’ aspirations for the reunification of the Korean peninsula, a concern that has been addressed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and its member churches over a number of years.

Chang said that Koreans will observe a designated Sunday before 25 August, dedicated to the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula. She said this initiatives was part of the “pilgrimage of justice and peace”, a call issued by the WCC 10th Assembly. The WCC Assembly was held last year in Busan, Republic of Korea.

“Why should the Korean peninsula, which gained independence and freedom after 36 years of oppression from a defeated Japan, be divided? This is the outcry of the churches,” Chang said.

Sharing the history of separation between South Korea and North Korea, Chang said that the immediate outcome of the tragic division was the Korean war of 1950, costing numerous lives. “Reunification is not possible without peace, and peace is not possible without reconciliation, and reconciliation is not possible without forgiveness,” she said.

“Can the North forgive the South, the South forgive the North, Koreans forgive Japan, the former Soviet Union, China and the US? Can the countries of the world repent and pray for forgiveness?” Chang asked, stressing the significance of the Christian principal of forgiveness for the church members.

 (Original story by WCC. Additional information by TCT)

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