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Communication on October 19, 2007

2009.08.27 11:27

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* The Seventh Ecumenical Forum for Christian Unity
 
The CBCK Committee for Promoting Christian Unity & Interreligious Dialogue (President: Most Rev. Hyginus Kim Hee-joong) and the Protestant Committee for Christian Unity of the National Council of Churches in Korea (General Secretary: Rev. Kwon Oh-sung) held "the Seventh Ecumenical Forum for Christian Unity" at the auditorium of Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul on October 11, 2007 with the theme of "Christian prayer."
 
It is significant that this forum treated prayer which is one of the remaining obstacles to ecumenism in spite of interreligious efforts for mutual understanding and respect. 
 
In his congratulatory address, Bishop Kim said, "The aim of this forum is not to find our differences and criticize them, but to learn from each other and grow together. Especially, I hope Catholics will learn something from the dynamic methods of Protestant prayer on this occasion." 
 
The Rev. Shin Kyung-ha, President of Council of Bishops of the Korean Methodist Church, also delivered an encouraging message, saying "It is time for the Korean Protestants to go beyond the effort to realize unity within the Protestant world and to promote solidarity and cooperation with Catholics and Orthodox more actively."
 
Fr. Pocas Dominico Kim Ki-hwa, professor of spiritual theology at Catholic University of Korea, made a presentation with the theme of "Traditional Catholic Prayer" and explained, "One of the traditional Catholic prayers is a meditation on the Bible, through which we can encounter Jesus who is present in our real life. The Sacrament of the Eucharist is the most perfect form of prayer in the Catholic tradition." 
 
Sr. Yun Il-soon, Congregation of the Sacred Word, described her own prayer life and experience in concrete religious life.
 
The Rev. Lee Deok-ju, professor of Methodist Theological Seminary, in his presentation with the theme of "Ut Unum Sint!: currents of history of ecumenical movements of the Churches in Korea", stressed "Protestants in Korea have committed themselves to a prayer movement with close relation to the context of the times that the Christian communities have faced. As every Protestant denomination has a different tradition of prayer, it is not possible to mention any specific tradition as the correct way of prayer among many. However, its spiritual growth has been made through a balance of dynamic prayer such as vocal prayer or glossolalia and silent prayer such as early morning prayer."
 
Another Protestant speaker, the Rev. Kim Sam-hwan, pastor of Siheung Sanctuary of Yoido Full Gospel Church, made a presentation with the theme of "Prayer of the Pentecostal Church" and said, "Pentecostal prayer is basically 'vocal prayer' which makes clear intentions, directions, and contents of prayer."

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