Korea: Peace Work

The continuous back and forth between rapprochement and hostility - since the peninsula was divided over 60 years ago, this is how relationships have been between North and South Korea. The local church pursues a policy of peace and reunification.

Reunification seems a long way off. Nevertheless direct talks are still continuing between North and South Korea. The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) pursues a policy of peaceful coexistence between the two states and promotes reunification through its peace work.

In essence, all their efforts focus on the issue of how Koreans can coexist peacefully with their neighbours. The church's Peace Centre has formulated a theological vision of peace and how to integrate the peace movement in everyday life. Since 2013, the PROK has organised Monday prayers based on the German model. As a member church of the EMS, the PROK wants to learn from the lessons learned during the peaceful reunification process in Germany.

Promoting harmonious coexistence, both at local and international level

The PROK continues to organise visits to peace projects along the North Korean border as well as youth camps where participants learn to live and practice peaceful coexistence, conflict resolution and reconciliation. The Peace Centre supports peace work in the congregations with the intention of forming a solidarity network at local and international levels to promote peace, justice and reunification.

The EMS Fellowship supports the church's efforts to achieve a lasting Peace Treaty between North and South Korea to replace the Armistice Agreement. In his speech to the EMS Mission Council, Reverend Lee Hoon-Sam expressed his thanks. "We are grateful for the intercession and assistance we have received from the EMS in support of our commitment to democracy and human rights over the past decades. Without this international solidarity, Korea would not have become a democratic country as it is today. However, we still need the prayers and solidarity of the EMS and the ecumenical movement as a whole to help us along our path towards peace and reunification."

The Korean churches have long been asserting their vision and mission for democracy and human rights. Today, the church makes use of its democratic rights to point out injustices in society.

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