70th anniversary of the Korean War
June 25, 2020 is the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. It reminds us that it has been seven long decades of division and separation of family, friends and people.
We recently had an important dialogue on how we can work towards peace and reconciliation put together by Chris Rice, Director MCC United Nations Office-Mennonite Central Committee.
I was grateful to be part of this discussion with a group of Christian leaders of Korean descent, mostly Korean American. We came together to reflect on the Korean War, the significance of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War and what we as Christian leaders are to do to help with the peace and reconciliation process. It was wonderful to be in conversation with Peter Cha, Eugene Cho, Paul Choi, Grace Choi, Hyun Hur, Jongdae Kim, Jamie Kim, Sebastian Kim, SeongHan Kim, Sujin Park, Sue Park-Hur, Soong-Chan Rah, Stephen Yoon and Chris Rice. Some of these leaders I have known for a long time and a few I just met at the meeting.
The Korean War never ended. An armistice agreement was signed on July 27, 1953 between North and South Korea. As Christian leaders, we pray for an end to the Korean War. We pray for reconciliation and reunification of the divided peninsula.
Let us work together and pray together for a new future in the Korean Peninsula.
I am reposting an older piece I co-wrote with Rev. Jesse Jackson for Sojourners.