12 April 2019

Human prayer chain for Korea

“Human chain” to commemorate Panmunjom Declaration anniversary

“Human chain” to commemorate Panmunjom Declaration anniversary

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

11 April 2019

The National Council of Churches in Korea will join civil society organizations to create a “human chain” on 27 April alongside the Korean Demilitarized Zone to celebrate the first anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration, as well as to break the current deadlock since the Hanoi Summit.

Organizers are expecting 80,000-100,000 people for the "People's Peace Chain Movement." The National Council of Churches in Korea will gather together at Hwachun, Kwangwon province for a peace worship before the human chain activity.

In an appeal for participation, the National Council of Churches in Korea wrote: “We cannot go back to the old days when conflict and antagonism dominated. This is because peace on the Korean Peninsula is an irreversible national historical imperative and an historical task for the world.”

The council urged wholehearted participation. “Let us open the way for peace on the Korean Peninsula with the hope of the true peace that God gives us,” the appeal reads.

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, in a message of support, expressed solidarity with the people of Korea.

“Holding someone’s hand is the beginning of our journey,” wrote Tveit. “As a Christian fellowship, the WCC will continue to stand with our brothers and sisters in Korea and invite all Christians to pray for the Korean peninsula and that God’s will, for justice and peace, be done.”

The National Council of Churches in Korea

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