North Korean Underground Christians Omitted From Historic North/South Church Summit

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SUSA-KoreanRepresentatives of the Korea Christian Federation (KCF) of North Korea and the National Council of Churches of South Korea (NCCK) joined church leaders from 34 countries in Geneva, Switzerland earlier this summer under the auspices of the World Council of Churches (WCC) for Bible study, communion, and pledges of further cooperation toward Korean unification. One group, however, was not present at the worship service: North Korean underground Christians.

The Rev. Eric Foley, CEO of Seoul USA, a South Korea-based ministry that supports underground North Korean Christians, calls the omission “embarrassing” in light of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry report on North Korean human rights violations released earlier this year. “The June Geneva gathering was held on the thirtieth anniversary of the World Council of Church’s Tozanso consultation on North/South church cooperation,” says Foley. “The omission of North Korean underground Christians at that time was understandable–almost no one outside of North…

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