“In situations where human rights of the people are systematically and constantly violated, Churches should work together and in dialogue with the POMEDS to address the root causes and structural origins of oppressions and violations of human rights. Our Book of Discipline (paragraph 124), pointed out our mission in the world as United Methodists and created in the image of God “to engage in the struggle for justice and reconciliation…to reveal the love of God for men, women, and children of all ethnic, racial, cultural, and national backgrounds and to demonstrate the healing power of the gospel with those who suffer.”
The resurrection is about the enduring cause of love, humility and service. On Good Friday the powers of the world killed an innocent man. Unfortunately, 2000 years later, we, in our time are no strangers to events similar to this. In enduring his crucifixion until his death, Jesus Christ exposed the corruption and hypocrisy of the ruling powers of the world. It was an indictment of how cruel human beings could be and to what extent they could inflict suffering on others. It is an event that should never happen to anyone for any reason. In his resurrection his prophetic utterance was fulfilled: “the ruler of the world is judged” (John 16:11) The fight for peace and justice is a choice for life.
The Reconciliation and Reunification Committee of the National Council of Churches (NCCK) expresses a deep regret on North Korea’s launch of Kwangmyongsong-4 on February 7 as it will heighten on the Korean soil the arms race among super powers and eventually threaten peace and stability in North East Asia. We are also greatly concerned that in the present situation the South and the US are jumping into the decision to deploy on the Korean peninsula the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and establish a KOR-US-JAPAN Missile Defense system in response to the launch of Kwangmyuongsung-4 earth observation satellite.
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THE INTERSECTIONS OF MIGRATION, HUMAN RIGHTS & DEVELOPMENT JUSTICE
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