When Jesus commanded that children be allowed to go to him (Luke 18:15-17), he affirmed the children’s rightful place in society. God desires spaces and opportunities for children to be counted and to experience the fullness of life. They are active participants in the journey to a world where justice and peace embrace each other and are to be engaged in discerning what is best for them. Churches and the society must create opportunities to enhance their potentials. They are reminders of the faith that we must have on God.
“An interactive and dynamic Ecumenical Formation Seminar for Specialized Ministries” was held at the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in Switzerland from 21-25 September 2014. The purpose of the Seminar is to provide the new generation of staff of Specialized Ministries with better understanding of the ecumenical movement and to provide an encounter with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and other ecumenical organizations. It is also a venue for exchange of ideas and opinions and to strengthen the ecumenical relationship with the reflections from different experiences.
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In order to carry forward the spiritual accompaniment of the Korean peninsula and the churches of North and South Korea the WCC is invited to join the Christians of North and South Korea in a joint moment of prayer. Each year, the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korean Christian Federation jointly prepare a Prayer for Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula. This prayer is used on the Sunday just before August 15 of each year, the day when Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial oppression, and ironically, the day when it was divided by external forces.
God of Love!
It has been 25 years since we agreed to keep the week of Independence Day as a joint prayer week with the wish of reconciliation, and peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula. It was a promise from the South and North Korean churches’ deep prayer to God for peace and reunification and was a vow of love in a very difficult time. We, however, still have not reached full liberation and still are experiencing conflict and hostile policies. Oh Lord! Have mercy on us.
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The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches met in a region where nuclear explosions, accidents and threats have taken a heavy toll. Northeast Asia is the only place on earth where nuclear weapons have been used in warfare. During the Cold War more than 1,000 nuclear bombs were tested in adjoining areas of the Pacific and Asia. Today all states in the region either possess nuclear weapons or depend on the US nuclear arsenal. The 100-plus nuclear power plants in East Asia and the many more planned are signs of economic prowess but also reminders of the Fukushima tragedy. South Korea has the highest geographic concentration of nuclear power plants in the world.