WCC visit to North Korea and China, October 2009

17 - 23 October 2009

Rev. Gao Feng, president of the China Christian Council

Rev. Gao Feng met with the Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC general secretary, on Friday 16 October en route to North Korea for a pastoral visit with the churches there.

Sunday morning at the Bong Soo Church in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), on 18 October 2009.

The Bong Soo worship service overflowed with music from the choir, soloists and several women's groups, mostly singing traditional hymns.

Sunday morning at the Bong Soo Church in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), on 18 October 2009.

On Sunday morning 18 October 2009, the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, preached at the Bong Soo Church in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Sunday morning at the Bong Soo Church in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), on 18 October 2009.

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia (right), general secretary of the World Council of Churches, offered Rev. Son Hyo Sun (left) a Palestinian cross made from the wood of an Olive tree.

Sunday morning at the Bong Soo Church in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), on 18 October 2009.

The Bong Soo worship service overflowed with music from the choir, soloists and several women's groups, mostly singing traditional hymns.

Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), 19 October 2009.

Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Supreme People's Assembly, during his meeting in Pyongyang with the delegation from the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 19 October 2009.

Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), 19 October 2009.

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) with Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Supreme People's Assembly.

International Consultation on “Peace, Reconciliation and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula: An Ecumenical Vision beyond the Tozanso Process”, Hong Kong, 21 to 23 October 2009.

The Rev. Kang Yong Sop, chairman of the Korea Christian Federation of North Korea, and the Rev. Tae Jin Bae, of the National Council of Churches of Korea (South Korea) - bridged more than 60 years of separation in jointly presiding over a celebration of the Eucharist.

International Consultation on “Peace, Reconciliation and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula: An Ecumenical Vision beyond the Tozanso Process”, Hong Kong, 21 to 23 October 2009.

Rev. Kang Yong Sop, Chairman of Korean Christian Federation, addresses the International Consultation on Peace, Reconciliation and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

International Consultation on “Peace, Reconciliation and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula: An Ecumenical Vision beyond the Tozanso Process”, Hong Kong, 21 to 23 October 2009.

Dr. Prawate Khid-arn, general secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia.

International Consultation on “Peace, Reconciliation and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula: An Ecumenical Vision beyond the Tozanso Process”, Hong Kong, 21 to 23 October 2009.

Rev. Kang Yong Sop, Chairman of Korean Christian Federation.

International Consultation on “Peace, Reconciliation and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula: An Ecumenical Vision beyond the Tozanso Process”, Hong Kong, 21 to 23 October 2009.

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

International Consultation on “Peace, Reconciliation and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula: An Ecumenical Vision beyond the Tozanso Process”, Hong Kong, 21 to 23 October 2009.

Dr Leonid A. Petrov, professor at University of Sydney and specialist on Korea.

 

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