The Episcopal Church’s Middle East Partnership Officer the Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds shares a reflection this week:
“Not a day goes by without news of violence from somewhere in the Middle East. Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank are all locations seared into our minds. Hundreds of thousands are dead and something above four million human beings are refugees in foreign lands and tens of thousands more are identified as “internally displaced persons.” The horror of barrel bombs, IEDs, knife attacks, brutality at borders, house demolitions, and the de-humanizing impact of occupation by military forces of civilian areas are painfully commonplace. Christian churches are desecrated and others destroyed. Innocent men, women, and children are lost to the violence every day. Muslim, Christian, and Jewish families grieve, each in their own neighborhoods or far from their homes.
In this same region is the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Anglican Christians throughout the region continue to hope, work, and pray for peace in their respective homelands and for their neighbors. Education, health programs, and pastoral care for one another and those who seek help, both locally and from afar, benefit from the compassionate efforts of indigenous Christians whose faith is rooted in the Anglican tradition.
The links below provide opportunities to further understand the challenges which our sisters and brothers face in their various locations as well as ways to help.”
It is vital to tell your elected officials to stand for peace in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Israel/Palestine. If you live in the United States, this includes urging the President, Secretary of State, and the United States Congress to support peace building throughout the Middle East. If you do not live in the United States, your voice is just as important: all world governments must stand with peacemakers in this region.
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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