In a moving worship service on July 8 in Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany, a pastor from North Korea and a pastor from South Korea presided over Holy Communion together, closing a meeting that underscored the need for urgent ecumenical responses to the dangerously escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. Bishop Hee-Soo Jung of the United Methodist Church USA, offered a sermon that reflected we can no longer live as though other’s lives are of no concern to us. “We who follow Jesus are connected because God has brought us together,” said Bishop Jung, who also serves as president of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. “We’re connected to God, to Jesus, to each other. Our lives are connected – whether we like it or not.” Jung’s words officially closed a meeting of the Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula (EFK) held in Leipzig, Germany on July 7-8. Thirty-two people from churches and related organizations from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea and seven other countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). Read full article from Wisconsin Council of Churches. See Facebook article. Read more about Peace Forum.