Oikos Common Prayer on WCC Theme 2011 (English)

Oikos Theology Movement
Common Prayer by Participants of
The 2011 Oikos Summer Theological School
  
The 2011 Oikos Summer Theological School was held from 16 to 19 August, 2011 at Jangseong, Jolla Namdo Province, Republic of Korea under the theme of the 10th WCC Assembly that will be held in Busan Korea in October, 2013: "God of life, lead us to
justice and peace". This Summer Theological School brought together eighty students from Daejeon Presbyterian Theological College and Seminary, Busan Jangshin Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary, Youngnam Presbyterian Theological College and Seminary, Ewha Woman's University, Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary and Honam Presbyterian Theological College and Seminary along with twenty faculty and pastors of the Korea Oikos Theology Movement. The following Common Prayer was prepared by the students who took part in the 2011 Oikos Summer Theological School.



We stand today in the midst of a crisis hitherto unknown to human history. The global economy is in crisis as a result of the neo-liberal economic system; human dignity is in crisis because of racial and gender discrimination; and all life on earth is being driven towards death and destruction because of human greed, irresponsible development and the dangers of nuclear energy.

In the midst of this crisis we have gathered together to learn and seek out specific ways in which we can faithfully walk the path of life, justice and peace in relation to the burning issues of gender justice, multi-culturalism, animal rights, climate change, nuclear threats, poverty and economic justice, the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula, and peace and war. We have endeavored to discern together how walking that path of life, justice and peace is the path of faith that all Christians must journey together. The participants of the 2011 Oikos Summer Theological School present to the sisters and brothers in Christ our prayer of confession as a fruit of our common learning and time of discernment.


Gender Justice

“So God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (Gen. 1:27)

Lord! We thank you for creating man and woman alike in your image (Gen. 1:26). We thank you for the blessing of living together in your garden. And yet our injustice prevents us from seeing those who are wounded and suffering. Our violence tramples life on earth. Our greed divides and separates each from the other. O Lord, grant that your justice may flow like a river in the church: humankind made in your image male and female; and throughout all creation that your hand has created. May the oppressed be liberated and live in the fullness of life. Lead us so that man and woman shall live in a just relationship becoming one beautiful family that you have created, cherishing the image of you in each other in a relationship of true peace.

(Together) God of life, lead us to justice and peace.


Multi-culturalism

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”(Gal. 3:28)

God, you rejoiced when you created all humankind in your image. And yet, we confess that we have regarded sisters and brothers from other cultures with disdain and distrust bringing pain and humiliation. We have discriminated on the basis of the color of one's skin, blaming the other for our mistakes, abusing and dehumanizing them. O Lord, have mercy on us. Grant us your grace so that we will no longer discriminate according to skin color, nor judge each other on the basis of differences. Comfort your children who have been wounded because of racial and cultural differences and help us all to live with the other in peace. Lead us to remember that all are created in your image. Guide us to serve one another and make us one in your love.

(Together) God of life, lead us to justice and peace.


Animal Rights

“And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their rifht hand from their left - and also many animals?”(Jonah 4:11)

God, we confess that the justice of Jesus Christ is a love without barriers or lines of discrimination embracing even animals that suffer because of human greed. We confess our sin of exploiting and slaughtering the animals you created to live alongside us because of greed. We confess we have only regarded them as objects. We profess that all life, including those of suffering animals, possess an inherent value because you declared that all you created was "very good" and commit ourselves to loving all life as equals, co-created by your will.

(Together) God of life, lead us to justice and peace.


Poverty and Economic Justice

“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”(Psalm 82:3)

God! We remind ourselves of our command to "stretch out your arms to the poor" (Deut. 15:11). And yet, we live today enthralled by the powers of Mammon and entrenched in the economic systems of neo-liberalism. We have commodified the seeds of life that you have given to all as a free gift of your grace, buying and selling them with mammon. We have caused others to become poor and oppressed to satisfy our greed. We do not know how to control our greed and have sought profit beyond what is actually necessary, depriving others of their equal share and failing to live out your command for a just and equitable share for all. Lead us, O Lord, so that we may defiantly refuse the cultures, economies and structures of this world which impoverish not only our neighbors but all of creation because of human greed. May we profess with conviction that only you, O God, are the creator of this world and its rightful owner.

(Together) God of life, lead us to justice and peace.


Climate Change

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”(Romans 8:22)
God! We confess that you are the God who fills all of creation to its fullness (Eph. 1:23). And yet, we have harmed and damaged your household that you have created and have rejoiced over. The undying greed of humankind has destroyed nature, burning and slashing at will. Our greed is turning the earth into a burning pot where other species of life are killed and enslaved. Your household has fallen deep into the pits of destruction from which there is no return. O Lord! Have mercy on us. Lead us to take up the task of stewardship. Lead us to a life of simplicity that overcome greed. Lead us to a life where we cherish and preserve this earth you have created as your body.

(Together) God of life, lead us to justice and peace.


Nuclear Energy

“Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"(Gen. 3:11)

God! We empathize with all the earth and all generations by the pain from the leak of radioactive materials because of the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. We regard these pains as warnings against human greed for energy and the arrogance that we can manage the powers of creation according to human knowledge rather than your creation principles. In the midst of such chaos, forgive us our folly and greed in extending the life cycle of nuclear reactors that are old and should be closed down. The unjust energy policies and human greed for energy resources and the ensuing abuse of energy has led to nuclear energy destroying the peace of all creation in the same way as nuclear weapons. Radioactive materials and the impossible challenge of suitably dealing with radioactive waste is endangering all of life on earth, and life itself for future generations. God, lead us to dispose of nuclear energy. Lead us to a life of mutual sustainability that responds to your creation principles and searches for alternative new sources of energy.

(Together) God of life, lead us to justice and peace.


War and Peace

“They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”(Isaiah 2:4)

God! Humankind has always sought to resolve their endless greed and distrust of each other through war and violence. As a result many innocent and valuable lives have been sacrificed. The continuing history of war continues today. We who have learned the loving spirit of Jesus still fail to make peace and standing idly by. Forgive us. Lead us to Christ's peace, peace based on justice, peace for the entire cosmos so that war may cease and peace fill the earth. Lead us to be active mediators of peace in our homes, church and all places of life. Lead us to raise our voices for peace so that all wars on earth may cease and peace reign.

(Together) God of life, lead us to justice and peace.


Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.”(Eph. 2:14)

God! We confess that you, O God, are the lord of peace, life and justice on the Korean peninsula. You, O God, desire peace and reconciliation for the people of North and South Korea who suffer from the pains of division. While the ideological conflicts have disappeared from the global scene the Korean peninsula still struggles with ideological conflicts and peace is difficult to attain. We pray, O Lord for your love, peace and justice to become a living reality in the divided Korean peninsula. Lead us, O Lord, to build a just Korean peninsula where the poor and weak in society are protected and are able to live as equals in society. The relations between North and South, and the global relations may harden. In spite of such external circumstances, lead us, O Lord, to continually struggle and strive to love and share life with our brothers and sisters in North Korea, and continue to build peace so that your justice and peace may be realized in this land.

(Together) God of life, lead us to justice and peace.


We, the participants of the 2011 Oikos Summer Theological School have sought to empathize with the cries of this world that is suffering from the loss of life caused by endless human greed. With this prayer of confession we seek to move forward together in faith in action. Triune God of justice, peace and life, bless all who have been together in this Oikos Summer Theological School. Shine your brightness on all your created world. By your grace may all of your created world that is threatened by death, injustice and violence fully enjoy the life, justice and peace that is a gift of the triune God.


The Korea Oikos Theology Movement was organized in 2009 by professors and pastors who are committed to the theology and activism for life, justice and peace in their respective seminaries, colleges, ecumenical institutions and pastoral fields of work in Korea. It seeks to contribute to the creation of a life promoting civilization that responds to God's will in the face of the multi-fold crises of ecological crisis, economic crisis and spiritual crisis currently facing the entire earth community. This movement is part of the Oikotree Movement, a global covenanting movement for economic and ecological justice organised jointly by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the Council for World Mission (CWM). If you would like to learnmore about the Korea Oikos Theology Movement, please visit our website at http://bit.ly/oikos-korea.