In a solidarity message on the occasion of the 70th memorial of the Korean War and its accompanying pilgrimage of healing and unification, the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) reiterated its commitment of solidarity with the people of the Korean peninsula in their struggle for justice, reconciliation, and reunification of the Korean peninsula.
The CCA General Secretary, Dr Mathews George Chunakara, sent a solidarity message to the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) on the eve of a special event to be organsied by the PROK on 20 June 2020 to mark the 70th year of the beginning of Korean war.
The PROK will be organising a special worship service in the DMZ, which aims to guide participants through a ‘liturgical pilgrimage’ comprised of four stages – recollecting the memory, reconciliation, peace, and reunification, which will then culminate in a Peace Declaration.
“The new initiative undertaken by PROK to intensify the renewed commitment towards a pilgrimage of healing and reunification is a valuable additional impetus to intensifying the wider ecumenical efforts towards Korean reunification,” said Dr Mathews George Chunakara.
The year 2020 is the 70th year of the start of the Korean War and it reminds us of distressing political and ideological conflagrations in international relations that revolved around it. The still simmering tension on the Korean peninsula is a residue of international power games that stretch back to the troubled 1950s. The long history of the Korean War and its aftermath have proved that wars and military conflicts bring nothing but fear, enmity, destruction, and suffering, commented the CCA General Secretary in the solidarity message to PROK.
The CCA General Secretary also stated that it was reassuring that the reaffirmation of the vision of peace and the assertion ofthe Korean reunification process was rooted in the aspirations of the people themselves.
The PROK initiative will also be an ocassion for a reflection on the commitment to ‘walking together with everyone in the ecumenical family on a pilgrimage of healing, reconciliation, and reunification’, added Dr Mathews George Chunakara.