Season of Prayer: Democratic Republic of Congo

The Anglican Church of Congo (Province de L'Eglise Anglicane Du Congo) was established in 1896 but remained part of the Church of Uganda until 1980. Today the Province includes nine dioceses and focuses its ministries on evangelism, education, social development and well-being, and reconciliation.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has seen decades of violent conflict and bloodshed. From 1997 to 2003, a brutal civil war raged throughout the country and saw troops from a number of neighboring countries participate in the fighting. In the years since the official cessation of that war, armed conflict has continued to be a part of the daily life for many Congolese citizens, particularly in eastern Congo. In the midst of this reality, the Anglican Church of Congo works to improve the daily life in communities across the country. It has embraced an asset-based development approach in its ministries and addresses physical, emotional, and spiritual needs through programs focusing on HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and gender-based violence. The Church also has a special ministry for women who have been victims of sexual violence during the years of conflict.

The Anglican Church in Congo participates in an ecumenical Great Lakes peace campaign along with neighboring countries and churches, including Burundi and Rwanda. In 2015, the Province organized peace, justice, and reconciliation-themed events ranging from cultural activities and workshops to soccer matches. 2016 brings new tensions surrounding the upcoming presidential election. The Anglican Church of Congo plans to continue their public witness about the importance of peacebuilding across the country.

A Prayer for Peace: Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 815)

Get Involved:

It is vital to tell your elected officials to stand for peace and reconciliation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. If you live in the United States, this includes urging the President, Secretary of State, and the United States Congress to support peace building in the DR Congo. If you do not live in the United States, your voice is just as important: all world governments must stand with peacemakers in the DR Congo.

You can find contact information for the President, the Secretary of State, and your members of Congress below. We encourage you to call or write to express that as a person of faith, you support peace building.

The President: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

The Secretary of State: https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform

United States Senate: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Your Local Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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CONTACT:
The Rev. David Copley
Director, Global Partnerships and Mission Personnel

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