by Web on June 15, 2016
Millsaps College 2016 graduate Daniel Kees is one of two Americans participating in an international policy-oriented ecumenical workshop in South Korea during May. Other participants are from Korea, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Scotland, England, Canada, and the Philippines.
The multinational contingent of church representatives learned about the historical and geopolitical context of the Korean peninsula and how it can urge its respective governments to take action.
The workshop, sponsored by the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK), focused on encouraging the U.S. to move from an armistice to a peace treaty with Korea. A peace treaty would create a final conclusion to the Korean War.
Kees traveled to South Korea last year with four other Millsaps students and nine additional college students from the United Methodist Mississippi and South Carolina conferences as part of a delegation seeking “Parallels of Peace, Pathways to Justice.”
Congregations, individuals, and the Peace with Justice of the Mississippi and South Carolina conferences helped fund the 2015 trip. The Millsaps students received funding from local churches and through the McNair Fund for Christian Missions, established through the generosity of David McNair, a Millsaps alumnus and businessman.
Since 1988, the United Methodist Church has had a statement in its Book of Resolutions that supports peace, justice, and reunification on the Korean peninsula. Korea has been divided for more than 65 years.