The Winter Olympics, the Korean Peninsula and Peace

The Winter Olympics, the Korean Peninsula and Peace

1/31/2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In the midst of growing tensions, the Winter Games will provide a moment of peace on the Korean Peninsula as athletes from across the globe participate in the games.

Aimee Hong January 31, 2018 ​

In the spirit of the Olympics and the spirit of peace, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution for an Olympic truce to provide safe passage for athletes and a cessation of hostilities during the Winter Games. The U.S. and South Korean-led military drills, which would have overlapped with the Olympics, have been postponed. Furthermore, both North and South Korean athletes will be competing as a unified women’s ice hockey team.

To build on the momentum of peace during the Winter Olympics (Feb. 9-25, 2018) and the Paralympics (March 9-18, 2018), consider doing the following:

  • Throw a party and watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics on Feb. 9, 2018, at 8 p.m. Eastern time and make it a teaching moment.
  • Show this short video from U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (coming soon).
  • Host a teach-in, webinar or other educational events.
  • Hold a vigil for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
    • Bishop Hee-Soo Jung created this video inviting people to prayer for the Korean Peninsula.
    • The World Council of Churches has more resources for praying for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Contact your members of Congress at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to stand for diplomacy and peace over war.
    • Ask them to support the No Unconstitutional Strike Against North Korea Act, H.R. 4837 in the House and S. 2016 in the Senate.
    • And when you call your senators, ask them to also support Preventive Preemptive War in North Korea Act, which restricts funding for military operations in North Korea.
  • Write an op-ed or letter to the editor to your local newspaper.
  • Plan other engaging and fun, movement-building events around the Winter Olympics. Please share with us by using #UMCJUSTICE #KOREAPEACEUMC on social media.

From: https://www.umcjustice.org/news-and-stories/the-winter-olympics-the-korean-peninsula-and-peace-613