1998 NCC News Archives

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New York Coalition Holds Interfaith Event on
April 24 World Day of Fasting for the People of North Korea

WHAT: An interfaith service sponsored by a multicultural coalition of organizations from the New York City-area Protestant, Jewish and Buddhist communities to mark the World Day of Fasting for the People of North Korea. The service will include Korean music, a testimony about "The Silent Famine in North Korea" by Rabbi Schindler, readings and meditation on scripture by the Rev. Calvin Butts, and a slide show by Korean youth.
WHEN: APRIL 24, 12:30 to1:30 p.m., to coincide with the APRIL 25 Day of Fasting in Korea.
WHERE: The Interchurch Center Chapel, 475 Riverside Drive (120 St.), New York City
WHO: Speakers at the service will include: The Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts, Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church and President, Council of Churches of the City of New York; The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, National Council of Churches (NCC) General Secretary; The Rev. Dr. Young Choon Chang, Pastor of Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens and co-chair of the Council of Greater New York "Help My People"; Venerable Hwi-Kwang, Abbot of Bulkwang Temple, New York and Chair, NY Buddhist Sharing Movement; Rabbi Alexander Schindler, Board Member, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and Mr. Man Woo Shin, President of The Korean American Association of Greater New York.

Sponsoring organizations include: Council of Churches of the City of New York, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Council of Greater NY "Help My People," Council of Korean Churches of Greater NY, Council of Korean Buddhist Temples of Greater New York, The Korean-American Association of Greater New York, Coalition of Sharing with the People of North Korea, National Council of the Churches of Christ in U.S.A., General Board of Global Ministries (United Methodist Church), Join Together Society of USA/Buddhist Sharing Movement, Korean American Peace Institute, Common Global Ministries Board United Church of Christ, Christian Church [Disciples of Christ]), Korean American Church Women United of NJ, National Association of Korean Americans-New York Chapter, The Korea Society, American Friends Service Committee of NYC, United Methodist Committee on Relief, U.S. Committee for UNICEF, and The Riverside Church.

WHY: People in at least 70 cities around the world, including Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama, are joining the Day of Fasting to demonstrate their humanitarian concern for the North  Korean people. "The situation is desperate," according to Madam Bertini, Executive Director of the World Food Program. In March 1998, the World Food Program warned that food supplies in North Korea will run out by the end of April. The people of North Korea, especially children and the elderly, continue to suffer every day from pervasive famine. Over a million North Korean children under age 6 are suffering from serious malnutrition. Some experts estimate that the number of deaths from famine and hunger-related diseases may already have exceeded that of the Ethiopian tragedy of the 1980s.

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