Our partners at the National Council of Churches of Korea recently sent an urgent letter asking for support and advocacy by the churches in the United States. “We ask you to advocate on our behalf to representatives and appointed officers in your government to honor our sovereignty and to allow us to take the lead on efforts for building trust, ending the war, and seeking reconciliation on our Korean peninsula. As our partners in Christ, you have testified to the work that God has been doing in bringing justice and ending military dictatorship in South Korea in the past, so we ask you now to raise your voices and help us to remove the obstacles that hinder our movement toward reconciliation and removing the shadow of war and destruction from our homeland.”
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been in mission partnerships on the Korean peninsula for over 130 years. And, since the signing of the armistice agreement to cease hostilities on the Korean peninsula, the church has advocated for a resolution to the conflict and peace and reconciliation in the Korean peninsula.
The most recent General Assembly (2016) called on the president and the Congress of the United States to initiate a process for lasting peace in the Korean peninsula by working for nuclear disarmament. It requested the U.S. government and the United Nations to secure a safe environment for the two Koreas to engage in dialogue and to develop a Korea-led process on healing, reconciliation, and peaceful reunification. While many positive steps have been taken this year, our partners are very concerned that recent steps by the US government are harming the peace process and stopping it from moving forward.
It is critically important that the U.S. government support peace-building across the Korean peninsula. With so many lives at stake, the United States has a moral imperative to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
Please send a message to your members of congress and the administration asking for them to take steps to support peacebuilding on the Korean Peninsula.
Click here to read the full letter from our partners.