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April 28, 2014

South Sudan Appeal

The Office of Public Witness recently posted an action alert encouraging Presbyterians to advocate with our government to support increased diplomatic initiatives, humanitarian access and funding for humanitarian aid for South Sudan. 

Our Area Coordinator for Africa reports:

The situation has only worsened since that time; the atrocities that have been committed in Bentiu and Bor are heart wrenching. In addition to pressing for governmental action  we believe it’s crucial for us to support the church’s response to the situation through  support of  the ACT Alliance and the Presbyterian Relief and Development’s work in relief and RECONCILE ...


April 27, 2014

Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 11 is designated as Holocaust Remembrance Day by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Here is a litany of lighting candles for this day. May we remember.The Lighting of Memorial Candles One: We light candles in memory of those who were...


April 27, 2014

National Day of Prayer - May 1, 2014

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held in the United States on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. In some places, groups gather for prayer services, walks, or vigils. Here is a prayer to use or adapt:

A Prayer for Our Nation

Gracious God, in whom we live and move and have our being, we give thanks for your presence made known to us in the words, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, our Savior and Lord.

God of all truth, by whom all nations are judged and ...


April 21, 2014

Support the people of South Sudan

From our colleagues in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness

Support the people of South Sudan

Please contact your members of congress and urge them to support increased diplomatic initiatives and funding for humanitarian aid for South Sudan.  And, urge the Secretary of State and President to use all possible means to continue to press for humanitarian access.

The people of South Sudan are in desperate need of help.   On April 12, the United States along with the European Union and the United Nations out lined the problems and called for immediate action in a statement ...


April 17, 2014

Easter Greetings from the Holy Land

A number of our partners in the Holy Land send Easter greetings.

From Bishop Dr. Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land:

I beg you to pray for Arab and Middle East Christians in this region that they may be filled with the power of hope in the Resurrection. I ask you to not forget us nor cease accompanying us in our journey, for our mission is yours and yours is ours. Our mission continues to be one of a prophetic Church, implanting the power of Resurrection Peace in the hearts of all peoples ...

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