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Religions should take reunification lead

Religious leaders discuss how to prepare for a united Korea

Religious leaders discussing how to prepare for unification Religious leaders discussing how to prepare for unification
  • ucan staff, Seoul
  • Korea
  • June 15, 2011
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Religious groups should take the lead in preparing for the reunification of the Korean peninsula, leaders from the South’s main religions were told yesterday.

Representatives from Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism and Won Buddhism were examining the roles their religions would have to play in the reunification of the two Koreas at a seminar in Daejeon.

The gathering was organized by the Daejeon and Chungcheongnam-do provincial branches of the Korean Conference on Religion and Peace (KCRP).

“Religious groups should take the lead in moving towards a peaceful reunification,” local KCRP president Reverend Lee Ki-bok said in his welcoming address.

“Religious groups should actively prepare for the reunification based on peaceful coexistence, respect for life and understanding of other religions,” Yi Gwang-hi, secretary-general of Won Buddhist Moryu said in the keynote presentation.

Jeong Wan-suk, former executive director of the Association for Unification Education of Daejeon, said “Before reunification they should first cooperate with civic groups to resolve conflicts in the South such as disputes over policies towards the North and the Pyongyang’s nuclear program.”

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