The United Church of Canada is seeking one individual to participate in the 2018 Korea Peace Treaty Seminar organized by the National Council of Churches in Korea. Participants will become part of national and global networks focusing on education and advocacy for peace and reunification in the Korean peninsula.
The seminar, including study sessions and exposure experiences in Korea and Japan, will bring together about 20 people from around the globe willing to learn about, educate others and advocate on issues of peace and reunification in the Korean peninsula. Objectives of the seminar are:
- To learn about the spirituality of peace in the Northeast Asia region, especially in Japan, South Korea, and China
- To deepen solidarity between the Northeast Asian churches and their partner churches for a peace treaty in Korea and other pressing peace issues in the region
- To raise awareness of the urgent need of a peace treaty among the political leaders in Northeast Asia
- To articulate a theological vision and hope for peace-making on the national, regional, and global level
- To develop young leaders in Northeast Asia who will form a core group to advocate for peace in the Korean peninsula and beyond
Through this seminar, participants are expected to experience the reality of the armistice situation in the Korean peninsula, to articulate their vision for peace-building in the Korean peninsula as well as in the world, and to actively lead the global peace treaty campaign in their respective countries.
The United Church of Canada, with partners in Korea, is committed to a vision of peace and reunification in the Korean peninsula.
June 10–20, 2018 (not inclusive of travel)
- June 10–15, 2018, in Japan, including participation in the Global Inter-religious Conference on Article 9
- June 15–20, 2018, in Republic of South Korea
Individual contribution of $300. Balance of cost to be covered by General Council Office.
- Have a valid passport that does not expire before January 31, 2019
- Have a demonstrated commitment to, and engagement in, The United Church of Canada (locally, regionally, and/or nationally), particularly in networks concerned with peace issues
- Willingness to continue to be part of networks of education and faithful advocacy on peace and reunification in the Korean peninsula and to offer leadership to others on this issue
- Willingness to speak to United Church groups about the experience and its impact on their faith journey
- Good knowledge and critical analysis of issues related to peace, advocacy and education strategies
- Participants will be expected to participate in the global signature campaign organized by the National Council of Churches in Korea. They may also be asked to meet with their MP, organize letter-writing and/or coordinate postcard campaigns.
- Participants will be expected to speak to church groups about the workshop and issues of peace and reconciliation, with a minimum commitment of four presentations.
- Participants will be expected to connect with United Church networks focusing on these issues.
- Participants will be expected to write three brief (about 200/300 word) blogs/articles on the highlights of the experience for United Church publications, accompanied by 4–6 high-res photos.
For background information, please contact pip [at] united-church.ca or visit:
- World Council of Churches Statement on Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
- The National Council of Churches in Korea website