[The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) is a regional ecumenical organization representing 17 National Councils and 100 denominations (churches) in 21 countries throughout Asia and the Pacific. Henriette Hutabarat Lebang, CCA General Secretary, sent a letter regarding the crisis on the Korean Peninsula to its member churches on 12 April 2013. In addition, she addressed both the (North) Korean Christian Federation (KCF) and CCA member churches in South Korea. We reproduce the CCA letter to the KCF below. All three letters may be accessed by following these links: Letter to CCA Members, Letter to Member Churches in South Korea, Letter to KCF. –CanKor]
From Christian Conference of Asia
To Korean Christian Federation (KCF)
Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Greetings of Peace!
It is with a great anxiety and concern that we receive the news these days on the increasing tensions in the Korean peninsula. As this time of uncertainty for an immediate solution to reach the goal of a more peaceful atmosphere in the Korean peninsula, the Asian churches uphold all our brothers and sisters in the Korean peninsula in our prayers. We pray to God almighty for divine intervention in overcoming the tensed situation, the suffering of the people and the threat of war.
We deeply appreciate the cooperation of the Korean Christian Federation for many years in the joint ecumenical efforts to promote peace and reunification in the Korean peninsula. We believe that this effort can only bear fruits with the support and collaboration of all parties involved in the conflict over the years, especially the countries involved in the six-party talks.
The Christian Conference of Asia urges the governments of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea to take immediate actions to protect the security and welfare of their people and ensure peaceful existence of all. This will be achieved neither by the attitudes of prejudice and hostility nor by the acts of confrontation, but only with an open heart and mind to enter into a spirit of dialogue and co-operation. We pray that God’s wisdom may inspire the leaders and the people of both nations, so that they may walk in the paths that lead to life, peace and justice.
“May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely…” (I Thessalonians 4:23.)
Henriette Hutabarat Lebang
General Secretary, CCA.
- PROK Statement on the Current Situation (CanKor.ca)
- South Korea’s National Council of Churches issues Prayers for Peace (CanKor.ca)
- WCC general secretary calls for end to increased tension on Korean peninsula (CanKor.ca)
- United Church of Canada issues statement on the crisis in the Korean Peninsula (CanKor.ca)