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June 10, 2014

End the targeting of civilians in Sudan!

Based on a press release provided by Crisis Action

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined 45 other organizations providing humanitarian assistance or supporting peace efforts in Sudan, to write to the UN Security Council, the African Union Peace and Security Council and the League of Arab States demanding an end to the “targeting of civilians by the Government of Sudan and associated armed militia” and an independent investigation of recent attacks.

The letter notes that the recent bombing by the government  has reached an intensity that is “unprecedented” in the history of the conflict in South Kordofan which reached ...

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July 24, 2013

South Sudan's journey to independence

by Anna Folz

Our partners in World Mission have issued a call to prayer for South Sudan in this extremely tense time in the country's history. Presbyterians have a long history of partnership with the people of South Sudan. This brief reflection on South Sudan's independence seems appropriate at this moment.

On July 11, 2013, South Sudan celebrated its first two years of independence.  At the main stadium revelers danced, sang and cheered in order to mark the second birthday of the world’s youngest nation. Following decades of fighting to free itself from Sudan, South Sudan became ...

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July 9, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - July 10

Humanitarian workers in Darfur and elsewhere
Pray for those who work to bring relief to those in war torn areas. Inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts and guide the nations of the world toward the day when all will rejoice in a world of justice and peace. Pray for the humanitarian workers throughout the world and especially for those presently in Darfur. Their cause is noble. Pray for those who have given their lives for the sake of others. On July 7, two non-governmental organization workers in South Darfur were killed during a violent incident between government troops ...

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June 22, 2011

Presbyterian leaders offer a call to prayer for Sudan

From the Presbyterian News Service

Bolbach, Parsons, and Valentine urge peace as July 9 independence nears

With violence flaring up in Sudan as the July 9 independence of South Sudan nears, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders have called on all Presbyterians to pray for peace in the east African country.

The call was issued by General Assembly Moderator Cynthia Bolbach, General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons and General Assembly Mission Council Executive Director Linda Valentine.

After decades of civil war between the Khartoum-based Islamist government of Sudan and the mainly Christian and animist south, a Comprehensive Peace Agreement was ...

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May 9, 2011

Hope for Darfur - Justice in Sudan Rally

Hope for Darfur - Justice in Sudan Rally Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM Washington, DC Register for the Rally Find other ways to support the effort The Hope For Darfur - Justice in Sudan Rally objective is to...

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February 7, 2011

The beginning

The official results of the referendum in Southern Sudan have been announced. The results are an overwhelming - nearly 99% in favor of secession and the creation of a new country. The referendum is recognized as having been successful and...

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September 24, 2010

A season of prayer for Sudan

Download A Season of Prayer for Sudan Our sisters and brothers in Sudan stand in need of prayer. The Sudan Council of Churches (SCC), at its 17th General Assembly in 2009, made an urgent appeal to all parties to the...

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July 23, 2010

I pray for peace (Triennium, Day 3)

There was a steady flow of people in the exhibit hall of the Presbyterian Youth Triennium today. Many participants stopped by the booth of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Office on Child Advocacy, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking...

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July 20, 2010

I pray for peace in . . .

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Child Advocacy Office, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program invited participants at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium to finish that simple statement by writing on a ribbon about eight inches in length and 5/8...

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May 21, 2010

Sudan update: Hope for a brighter future

The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum (SAAF)has posted an update on the situation in Sudan. The material that follows is reprinted with permission. The update looks at issues that seem to be flowing from Sudan following the elections. It highlights two...

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May 5, 2010

The UN must protect civilians in Chad

Amnesty International reports that: "Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people living in eastern Chad, including more than 450,000 Sudanese refugees from Darfur and internally displaced Chadians, are at risk if the UN mission in Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT)...

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November 26, 2009

Protecting civilians in South Sudan

Presbyterians recently initiated, signed and sent an interfaith letter calling for the deployment of United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) peacekeeping forces to protect civilians in South Sudan. The letter went to Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,...

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August 8, 2009

Moved By Faith: A Call for Peace in Sudan

Here is a letter to President Barack Obama on behalf of peace in Sudan. Please send this letter to the President. For email, copy the letter below; go to the web form provided by the Presbyterian Church’s Washington Office; check...

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August 8, 2009

Presbyterian General Assembly on Sudan

The 217th General Assembly (2006) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved the following: The Presbyteries of Trinity and Shenango overture[d] the 217th General Assembly (2006) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to reaffirm our denomination's close connections to Sudan for more...

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June 22, 2009

Updates: Sudan and Darfur

Here are some ways to keep up with events in Sudan and Darfur. The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum, a Christian grassroots effort that advocates for a just and lasting peace in Sudan, regularly posts information about the situation in the...

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April 27, 2009

Prevent the Collapse of South Sudan

Urge Congress to act to prevent the collapse of South Sudan. Were a collapse to occur, it would gravely threaten prospects for peace in Sudan as a whole, including Darfur. Since 2005, two million south Sudanese have returned to the...

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April 21, 2009

Climate Change and Resource Wars

Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day. Celebrate the glorious gift of God’s Creation, and our responsibility to care for it by taking action on Earth Day. Contact your members of Congress to call for a national strategy to protect the...

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March 31, 2009

Pray for Peace

Find prayers for those touched by flooding along the Red River, the people of Sudan and Darfur, and for peace for Jerusalem and all of Israel and Palestine on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers.

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March 8, 2009

Pray for the people of Sudan

The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum, a Christian grassroots effort to advocate for a just and lasting peace in Sudan, provides a prayer for the people of Sudan, written by Simon Chol Mialith, Peace Building Officer for RECONCILE in Yei, Southern...

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February 12, 2009

Advocate for Sudan

The New York Times reported last night that the judges of the International Criminal Court have decided to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Advocates for the people of Sudan note that this marks a step toward...

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September 11, 2008

Tents of Hope - Petaluma

Tents of Hope Petaluma will hold an event for refugees in Darfur on the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento on Saturday, November 8 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This tent will be supported by First Presbyterian Church...

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September 1, 2008

Sand and Sorrow

I watched the video Sand and Sorrow yesterday. This powerful, touching, and disturbing video looks at the situation in Sudan and Darfur. It explores the rise of the current government and that government’s relations with (neglect of) Darfur. Those relations...

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September 1, 2008

Tents of Hope

The Tents of Hope project seeks to respond to the situation in Darfur and Sudan. The mission of the Tents of Hope project is to support a one-year process in which people respond as communities to the crisis in Darfur,...

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