Conference: Global Church and Reconciled Korea

Date(s) - June 20, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Regent College

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Reconciling among Nations

Fukushima as political disaster

Nuclear energy isn’t just about producing electricity conveniently, but about collective action and political decision, in which we failed. 2015 is 70 years after the end of World War II, with the USA dropping two atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The end of WWII brought independence for the Korean peninsula but created another tension: the division of North and South Korea. Four years after the Fukushima triple disaster, the tensions and potential threats to peace and reconciliation in the northern Pacific Rim nations* continue.

What role does the Church play in the global ministry of reconciliation? This art exhibit and public lecture will provide a window to life in North Korea, and the one-day conference will bring the local churches in BC together for a better understanding of the divided peninsula and of God’s ongoing work of reconciliation.

* The northern Pacific Rim nations include Japan, South and North Korea, Canada, and USA.

Conference: Global Church and Reconciled Korea

Nuclear energy isn’t just about producing electricity and convenience, but about collective action and political decision, which led to failure. This is a wake-up call for the global church to watch for where potential disaster lies, and to be ready. Global Church and Reconciled Korea is a one-day conference to imagine what biblical reconciliation—Shalom—might look like and to explore how local Christians in Vancouver can contribute to the global reconciliation in light of the rich history of Canadian churches’ engagement north of the 38th parallel.


  • Jonathan R. Wilson
    Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology at Carey Theological College
  • Susan Ritchie
    Executive Director, First Steps Canada
  • and others!

Note: Korean translation available.

Registration / Conference Rates

  • Register online by June 18
    • $40 General Registration
    • $30 Students and Seniors (65+)
    • $30 Group Rate (5 or more)
  • For registration with cheque payment, email for detailed instructions
  • $45 at the door (no lunch)

All tickets include lunch if registered by 7:30 pm on June 16, 2015.

Why a conference on Korea in Vancouver?

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII which resulted in the defeat of Japan and independence of Korea and many other nations in Asia. However, this also means 70 years since the division of Korea and the 65th anniversary of the Korean War outbreak which lasted over 3 years until the armistice was signed by the USA, North Korea and China on July 27, 1953. That no peace treaty has been signed yet means the two Koreas are still at war. Together with the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, the tension of divided Korea poses a highly unpredictable risk to global peace. This calls for the local churches in our city to be better informed and prepared for a potential next major humanitarian disaster in our time.

Canada’s relationship with Korea

Canada has a long history with the Korean peninsula beginning in 1888, when the first Canadian missionary, James Scarth Gale, went to Korea. Gale was instrumental in translating the first Korean bible, starting the first modern hospital, medical college and university, and more. In the first half of the 20th century, Canadian missionaries, among many foreign missionaries, were “chosen” by the Korean church leaders to work in the north of 38th parallel.

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