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JUBILEE PARTICIPANTS SEND BANNER TO KOREA
05 May 1996 08:41:57
95283 JUBILEE PARTICIPANTS SEND BANNER TO KOREA
by Jerry L. Van Marter
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.--All day long, Presbyterian Peacemaking Jubilee
participants walked up to two long banners and carefully traced their hand
prints -- one on each banner.
And on the evening of Aug. 12 -- the opening day of the Jubilee here
-- the two banners, now with some 1,100 hand prints on each, were handed
over to the Rev. Syngman Rhee as he prepared to depart for North and South
The banners express the hope of the Presbyterians gathered here and
countless others throughout the world for the peaceful reunification of
"These peace banners mean so much because we know how much
reunification means to the people of Korea," Rhee said. He noted that in
this year, when jubilee participants and others celebrated the 50th
anniversary of the United Nations, the world also witnesses the 50th
anniversary of the partition of Korea following World War II.
Rhee, associate director of the Worldwide Ministries Division in
Louisville and a native of Korea, moved the crowd with his personal story
of his family, divided and unable to communicate with each other for many
years. Rhee's father died at the hands of those who took over North Korea.
"With these banners, we become messengers of reconciliation -- to
communicate our prayers for peace tot hose who cannot even communicate with
each other over 150 miles (the distance between Seoul in south Korea and
the North Korean capital of Pyonyang)," Rhee said.
The presentation of the banners followed a program of singing, dancing
and speaking by the Korean Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn and its pastor,
the Rev. Choong Shik Ahn.
After the program, jubilee participants piled out of the gymnasium of
Hofstra University, where the Jubilee is being held, into an adjoining
parking lot for refreshments and a time of fellowship and conversation.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
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