Sadness expressed at passing of Asian Christian leader

By agency reporter
December 19, 2013

The World Council of Churches' General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has expressed heartfelt condolences on the death of Dr Kang Moon-Kyu, an ecumenical leader from South Korea and former president of the WCC from Asia, 1998-2006.

Dr Kang passed away on Wednesday 18 December 2013. He was 83 years old.

In a letter to Kang’s wife, Professor Kang Kim Sook Ja, Dr Tveit expressed appreciation for the contribution Kang made to the global ecumenical movement through his involvement with the WCC, as a lay member of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) and in several other capacities.

“He served the ecumenical movement in various capacities as the Asia Pacific Regional Secretary of the World Student Christian Federation, General Secretary of the Korean YMCA, general committee member and the treasurer of the Christian Conference of Asia, and a member of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) of the World Council of Churches,” Dr Tveit wrote in his letter.

“As we mourn his passing away, the WCC recognises his invaluable contribution to the ecumenical movement and the society at large,” Dr Tveit added.


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