Presiding Bishop calls for prayer for South Sudan, Sudan

Jefferts Schori joins head of ELCA, Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in message of solidarity with church in South Sudan

Posted May 9, 2014

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] With the reports of violence and casualties, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has called for prayers for South Sudan and Sudan.

She joins with the heads of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in issuing A Message of Solidarity with the Church in South Sudan

Here is the message:

A Message of Solidarity with the Church in South Sudan

from the heads of

The Anglican Church of Canada

The Episcopal Church

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Friday, May 9, 2014

The situation in South Sudan continues to be extremely difficult, and news of it in North American media is minimal. Violence has been fomented and stirred by political leaders for their own ends. Although the mainstream media portrays the conflict as ethnic, its roots, as with any conflict, are varied and complicated. Regardless, there can never be a rationale for the suffering that has been wrought.

Our partners in South Sudan have suffered massive casualties. Their people have been murdered, raped, tortured, and burned out of their homes. Churches and entire villages have been destroyed. In spite of extensive displacement, Anglicans/Episcopalians and Lutherans continue to be active in relief and peace-making efforts through our partners in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, and the Lutheran World Federation.

We urge you to join in prayer for the people of South Sudan and Sudan, for a lasting and meaningful peace, and for immediate aid and response to the needs of the myriad of displaced persons.

As we celebrate the feast of the Resurrection, we urge you to help make the risen body of Christ evident to those who labor through the valley of the shadow of death.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz
Primate
Anglican Church of Canada

Bishop Susan Johnson
National Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
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Resources

Episcopal Church Sudan information www.episcopalchurch.org/sudan

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Episcopal Church Bulletin Insert http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/stw/bulletin-inserts/

Advocacy and Educational Resources

Episcopal Relief & Development  www.episcopalrelief.org/southsudan


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