End the War Now
Join the Ten Thousand Signature Campaign
—from Prayer for the End to the Korean War and Peace on the Korean Peninsula by Dr. Un Sunn Lee
The Korean War began in 1950. While open clashes ceased in 1953 with the signing of an armistice, a peace treaty has not yet been established and the war is not over. For more than 70 years the Korean people have endured a constant state of hostility and war, which has solidified the division of the peninsula.
The Korea Peace Appeal is a global campaign that seeks to collect 100 million signatures by 2023, the 70th anniversary of the armistice. The National Council of Churches in Korea has challenged The United Church of Canada to add Ten Thousand Signatures by the summer of 2022.
Join with Korean partners and all who seek peace on the Korean Peninsula, the region, and the world. In adding your signature to the petition, you are saying:
- End the Korean War and establish a peace agreement.
- Create a Korean Peninsula and a world free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat.
- Resolve the conflict with dialogue and cooperation instead of sanctions and pressure.
- Break from the vicious cycle of the arms race and invest in human security and environmental sustainability.
The United Church of Canada is responding to an urgent invitation of the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK), a long-time Mission & Service partner, to join them in the Korea Peace Appeal. This campaign has been initiated by more than 370 South Korean civil society organizations, religious groups, and international partner organizations with the goal of ending the Korean War and concluding a Korea peace agreement.
Both North and South Korea have used the conflict as an excuse to perpetuate violations of human rights to maintain power, countless resources have been focused on military spending rather than on people’s health and welfare, and millions of Korean families remain separated from each other on opposite sides of the border sealed in 1953.
The people of Korea have not lost hope. Their call to the world is “Peace First―End the War Now.”
The United Church of Canada
Launched Its Appeal for Signatures
in January 2022
with a Video from Moderator Richard Bott
The Korea Peace Appeal: End the War Now webpage on The United Church of Canada’s website includes links to the posts that have been made since this campaign began.
For more information about the Korea Peace Appeal and to sign the petition, go here.