2,345 signatures and growing

Published On: June 20, 2022

In 2018, The United Church of Canada’s General Council 43 declared that God is calling the church to join with partners to work for peace, justice and reunification in the Korean peninsula. General Council 43 urged the church to address the suffering of the Korean people, which continues since the Korean War has not ended, some seven decades after it began.

Why is this a mission priority for The United Church of Canada?

This engagement is important to us as disciples of Jesus because, as the gospel of John reminds us, Christ taught us that in him the troubles of the world are overcome and peace reigns (John 16:33).

This engagement is important to us as Canadians because Canada was involved in the Korean War. Canada sent over 26,000 soldiers as part of UN forces, and 516 Canadians died. Today, over 300,000 people who are Korean or are of Korean ancestry have chosen to make a home in Canada. Canadians and Koreans are neighbours and friends. We are obliged to address the aftermath of the ceasefire and the ongoing suffering of Korean people as a result.

This engagement is important to us as ecumenical partners. Since the late 19th century, The United Church of Canada has been committed to God’s mission of peace and justice in the Korean peninsula. We are in long-term partnership with the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea.

The Korea Peace Appeal is an opportunity for the United Church to renew our commitment to partnership in God’s mission in Korea.

Sign the Korea Peace Appeal today. Share it with others.

Numerous individuals and communities of faith have taken up this opportunity through the 10,000 Signature campaign. Colleagues at the Korea Peace Appeal in Korea tell us the number of Canadian signatures collected is now 2,345. Forty-nine individuals within The United Church of Canada, across Christian denominations, and in communities across Canada have publicly endorsed this campaign and are continuing to promote it as Korea Peace Appeal Champions.

As more in-person opportunities are available, all are encouraged to collect signatures on paper petition and then enter them into the online petition, or e-mail  justice@united-church.ca  if you would like assistance entering them. As well, please continue promoting signing the petition directly online.

E-mail  justice@united-church.ca to become a Korea Peace Appeal Champion.

7,655 more Canadian signatures to go!

Korea Peace Appeal Champions (as of June 20, 2022)

Moderator Right Rev. Dr. Richard Bott
Rev. Dr. Kyongja (Kay) Cho
Rev. SunDo Hyun, Korean United Church Network
Rev. YoonOk Shin, Korean United Church Network
Hannah Kim-Cragg, Richmond Hill United Church, ON
Thea Sheridan-Jonah, St. Paul’s United Church, ON (studying at UBC)
Rev. Catherine Christie, Abbey-Lancer-Portreeve Pastoral Charge, SK
Sandy Hwang, Vancouver School of Theology, BC
Treena Duncan, Executive Minister, Pacific Mountain Region, BC
Rev. Cari Copeman-Hayes, Past President (BC Conference), BC
David Lim, WEUC and Korean Community in Toronto, ON
Ken Dean, Aldergrove United Church, BC
Kaitlyn Ostrander, Arden Pastoral Charge, ON
Min-Goo Kang, Fort Garry United Church, MB
Nam Cho, East Central Ontario, ON
Tina Conlon, Davenport Perth Community Ministry, ON
Diane Matheson-Jimenez, Horseshoe Falls, Western Ontario Waterways, Antler River Watershed,
ON
Kathy Douglas, Horseshoe Falls, Western Ontario Waterways, Antler River Watershed, ON
Patti Talbot, United Church General Council staff, ON
Lori Neale, United Church General Council saff, ON
Scott Kell, Thorndale United Church and Camp Bimini, ON
YongSeok Baek, St. David’s-Queenston United Church, ON
Sung Ran Kim, Countryside United Church, ON
Ha Na Park, Immanuel United Church, Winnipeg, MB
Amy Yea Kyong Lee, Davenport Perth United Church and Co-Chair United Church Korean Network
Nam Ok Yoo, Willingdon Heights United Church, BC
Andrew Lee, York United Ministries, ON
John Egger, United Church Mission Co-Worker with PROK in Seoul, Korea
Hae-Bin Jung, Alpha Korean United Church, ON
Lyall Campbell, St. Andrew’s United Church, Outlook, SK
Lark Kim, ON
Emo Yango, United Church General Council Staff, ON
Rev. Mi Yeon Kim, For Macleod-Granum Pastoral Charge, AB
Rev. David Kim-Cragg, St. Matthew’s United Church, ON
Pastor Peter Noteboom, General Secretary, Canadian Council of Churches
Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate, Anglican Church of Canada
Jeanette Hanson, Director, International Witness, Mennonite Church Canada
Rev. Dr. Daniel Scott, Moderator of the 146th General Assembly, The Presbyterian Church in Canada
Aisha Francis, Executive Director, KAIROS Canada
Lynn Walker and Milford Lantz United Church, NS
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Schmidt, Associate Secretary, Canadian Council of Churches
Lynn Newberry, BC
Kathie Smith, St. Andrew’s United Church, Sturgeon Falls, ON
Rev. Melanie Kauppila, Altona United Church, MB
Curtis Marwood
Rev. Robin Murray, Castlegar United Church, BC
Theresa Beninger, Seguin Pioneer United Church, ON
Rev. Emma Seamone, Carberry United Church, Carberry, MB

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