United Church participates in Korean Peace Consultation

Engaging a new generation in renewed global ecumenical action for justice, peace, and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula is a key commitment from the International Consultation on Justice, Peace and Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula, convened June 17–19, 2014, near Geneva by the World Council of Churches (WCC).

The United Church of Canada, represented by General Council Asia Partnerships staff Patti Talbot, was one of 54 representatives from 34 churches and related organisations from 15 countries present at the consultation.

The historic and often emotional gathering was an opportunity for the wider international ecumenical community to greet and embrace delegations led by the leadership of the Korean Christian Federation (KCF) from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) from the Republic of Korea (ROK)—both global partners of the United Church.

The consultation follows the action of the 10th Assembly of the WCC (held in Busan, October 30–November 8, 2013) in itsStatement on Peace and Reunification of the Korean peninsula to begin a new era of international ecumenical engagement in the pilgrimage of justice and peace on the Korean peninsula.