The courageous faith of Korean Christians seeking peace with justice deepens our church’s understanding of justice-seeking. In this case, a letter from Moderator Jordan Cantwell amplifies the efforts of Mission & Service partner The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) to bring about a just resolution to the Lee Seok-ki case.
In 2013, South Korean National Assembly Representative Lee Seok-ki and colleagues from the opposition Unified Progressive Party were charged with conspiring to overthrow the government. Rep. Lee and colleagues were ultimately convicted of insurrection conspiracy for remarks made to political supporters. Lee is currently serving a nine-year prison sentence.
This month, a 16-person delegation from the United Church’s Toronto Conference is visiting PROK’s Seoul Presbytery as part of the mutual recognition of ministry between the two denominations. The delegation carries with them a letter from Moderator Jordan Cantwell addressed to the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, regarding the Lee Seok-ki case. “We urge you to stand firmly for democracy and reconciliation and grant amnesty to Lee Seok-ki and colleagues,” she writes. The full letter is available under Downloads, below.
In 2017, representatives from PROK will visit Toronto Conference to engage in further relationship-building at the institutional, as well as personal, level. The exchange program, which cultivates ways we can learn from and support one another, is an example of the United Church’s intercultural commitment in action.
Follow participants’ adventures and reflections on the blog Seoul Exchange.