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July 25, 2014

ELCIC members encouraged to pray for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula on Sunday, August 10

Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) are invited to join with the ecumenical global community and pray for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula on Sunday, August 10.

At the World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly in Busan, South Korean at the end of 2013, delegates adopted a Statement on Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula. This statement presents a mandate for the WCC to accompany the peoples of North and South Korea in their struggle for justice, peace and life.

“The World Council of Churches, of which we are a member, is the broadest expression of the Christian Church that comes together,” says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. “WCC's recent efforts towards peace and reunification between North and South Korea are not something we can do on our own. Through the breadth of churches and organizations that partner with the World Council of Churches, this work is happening and we play a part in it.”

“I encourage all ELCIC members and congregations to lift up in prayer the peoples of North and South Korea,” continues Johnson. “We pray for all who live under the threat of violence.”

A 2014 South-North (North-South) Joint Prayer for Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula has been prepared by the WCC. ELCIC members and congregations are encouraged to use this prayer, or others, on Sunday, August 10.

To find the prayer in PDF format, click here: http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/JointPrayerforKoreanPeninsula.pdf

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