Corona update: South Korea

The Presbyterian Church in Korea commemorated the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War and called for unification and peace. Photo: PROK

South Korea counts 14,269 Covid-19 infections and 300 deaths. Although the current infection figures are low, normality has not yet returned. However, South Korea benefits from its very well-developed IT infrastructure. "Digital technology allows us to do many things, including concerts and events, despite distance," writes Meehyun Chung from South Korea in the Corona Update.

Meehyun Chung is a university chaplain and professor of systematic theology at Yonsei University in Seoul. From 2005 to 2012, she headed the Women and Gender Unit of Mission 21 in Basel. She has been closely monitoring the impact on churches in her country and notes that the pandemic has given churches in South Korea a chance to "reflect on the content of our Christianity and correct the growth-oriented attitude."

Desire for unification

Meehyun Chung's report also recalls the fragile ceasefire with the North's neighbor: "The desire for reconciliation between North and South Korea is great." June 25, 2020 was the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, but a peace agreement is still not in sight. The Presbyterian Church of the Republic of Korea (PROK) held an impressive peace march to mark the anniversary. With her church, the PROK, Meehyun Chung calls for "healing and unification." She holds on to the hope for lasting peace. 

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