John in Korea; The United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, in partnership with each other: for justice, peace, and reconciliation -- sharing in God's work of transformation -- in Korea, in Canada, and beyond . . .
On April 27 I joined
with folks from 서울 제일 교회 (Seoul First Church) and headed to 연젼 (Yeoncheon) near the DMZ to participate in the Korean DMZ Human Peace Chain marking the one year
anniversary since the signing of the Panmunjom declaration regarding the peace,
prosperity and unification of the Korean peninsula at 14:27 on April 27, 2018.
It was a beautiful day. We had a picnic and a program beside the Imjin River, which flows across the border between the two Koreas.
On the bus we had a few international guests—someone from Japan, someone
from China, someone from Ireland, someone from the Philippines, and myself from
Canada, ensuring that the world was well-represented.
When it got close to 2:27 the line began to form . . .
I couldn’t see more than a little way up and down the line, but it was
an eery feeling, knowing that we were all connected, hand in hand, from east to
west and west to east, along the 500 km of the DMZ.
After more than 70 years of division, an event like this allows Koreans
from all walks of life to express their desire for reunification and peace on
the Korean peninsula.