Subject: An Alternative to War?

Can the churches avert nuclear war?  We're working on it.
Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, prays with leaders from the Korean Council of Churches at the DMZ between North and South Korea.  The Korean War has never formally ended after the armistice of July 27, 1953.
As threats were being made...

Before the Singapore Summit where Presidents Trump and Kim met face-to-face, tensions ran high.  As President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” Christian leaders from the US and Korea joined together to pray and work together with a firm belief that peace -- not nuclear war -- was God's will.

The National Council of Churches was there.

We've had a close relationship with the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) for years.  This friendship allowed us to work with the NCCK as the Singapore Summit unfolded: to issue joint statements, to meet with members of Congress, to pray, and to engage in high-level talks with Christian leaders across the North and South regions of the Korean peninsula.

It is these kinds of relationships -- those that span borders and animosities -- that the ecumenical movement worldwide brings to the table.  In this age of division and mistrust, we are serving with the Spirit of Christ, putting the words, "Blessed are the peacemakers..." to work.

About the National Council of Churches

Since 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) has served as a leading voice of witness to the living Christ. NCC is a diverse covenant community of 38 member communions and over 35 million individuals –100,000 congregations from Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African-American, and Living Peace traditions – in a common commitment to advocate and represent God’s love and promise of unity in our public square. NCC works with secular and interfaith partners to advance a shared agenda of peace, progress, and positive change.

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