Friday, 07 August 2015

Prayers for peace and unity in Korea

Uniting Church members are invited to join in prayers this coming Sunday for peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula.

This weekend Christians around the world will be praying for peace on the Korean peninsula, which remains divided and without a formal peace agreement 70 years after the end of World War II, said UCA President Stuart McMillan.

In a week where we have been remembering the horrific cost of war at places like Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we should remember as well the unhealed wounds of war and colonialism in Korea.

Our thoughts and prayers are particularly with members of our Korean congregations in the Uniting Church at this time of deep reflection and prayer for them, said Mr McMillan.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has shared a prayer in English and Korean and a liturgy prepared by the National Council of Churches in Korea (ROK) and the Korean Christian Federation (DPRK).

The prayer is traditionally used on the Sunday before 15 August every year. In 2015, this date falls on Sunday 9 August. The 15th of August is celebrated as Liberation Day in both North and South Korea as the date in 1945 when Korea won independence from Japanese occupation. It also marks the day when the Korean peninsula was divided into two countries.

The WCCs 10th Assembly in Busan in the Republic of Korea in 2013 adopted an official statement on peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula, pledging to accompany the people of North and South Korea in their struggle for justice, peace and life.

The Director of the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, Peter Prove, has described the division of the Korean peninsula into separate populations North and South one of the great political and spiritual challenges of our time.