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September 4, 2013

Pray for Syria: World Communion of Reformed Churches

The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) has issued a statement and call to prayer on Syria noting that, "The WCRC is aware of the current moves towards military response to these attacks and calls for restraint. However heinous the chemical attacks are, military response is not the answer." The WCRC also calls for prayer for the peoples of Syria this weekend.

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March 26, 2013

Human trafficking is focus of church consultation in Cuba

Last week, I joined members of the World Communion of Reformed Churches in Cuba to focus on human trafficking.  The consultation provided the opportunity to meet with global church partners to explore ways that our churches can work together to stop human trafficking.  

Below is a press release from the World Communion of Reformed Churches outlining the consultation.


Human trafficking is focus of church

consultation in Cuba

Human trafficking in the Caribbean is the focus of an international consultation getting underway today in Cuba. Church-based justice advocates are concerned about the sale of human beings across borders for the sex ...

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November 14, 2011

Standing in solidarity with the people of Madagascar

Map of Madagsacar

Presbyterians have a long history of partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM). The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations recently sponsored an event with the Rev. Hubert Rakotoarivony, International Peacemaker from Madagscar and Dan Turk, PC(USA) mission co-worker in Madagascar. They focused on the witness of the FJKM.

The violence and intimidation that the church and the people of Madagascar have suffered over the past two years at the hands of Madagascar’s illegal regime have deeply concerned Presbyterians. Increases in hunger, human trafficking, and environmental exploitation during that period are also matters of concern ...

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September 7, 2011

Let anniversary of September 11 attacks lead to peace and healing says WCRC

World Communion of Reformed Churches
News Release
07 September 2011

Let the tenth anniversary of attacks on sites in the United States mark a time both of remembrance and of renewed commitment to peace, says a global organization of Protestant churches. The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) based in Geneva, Switzerland, is inviting its 230 member churches worldwide to join in prayers for those who lost loved ones in attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on 11 September, 2001.

The president of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) Jerry Pillay ...

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June 30, 2011

World Communion of Reformed Churches issues call for a week of prayer and advocacy for Sudan

World Communion of Reformed Churches
Message from the General Secretary
30 June 2011

In solidarity with the celebration of Southern Sudan’s Independence on July 9, we call on all WCRC member churches and area councils to pray for the people of Sudan between Sunday July 3 and Sunday July 10.  We are aware that many of you have been praying for years for peace in this troubled country and urge you to continue to do so.

We ask especially that worship services on Sunday July 3 and Sunday July 10 include times of prayer for a peaceful transition into ...

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May 10, 2011

It is time for new models of mission with Indigenous peoples, says Canadian Cree pastor

The way the church has done mission with Indigenous peoples in the past has to change says Mary Fontaine, a Presbyterian pastor and member of the Cree nation in Canada. “I welcome the commitment of the World Communion of Reformed...

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May 7, 2011

Greetings from Geneva

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations also represents the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) at the UN. This relationship began under one of the WCRC's predecessors - the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. The Executive Committee of the...

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November 19, 2010

A Season of Prayer with the People of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as January, 2011 draws near. A referendum on self-determination for the people of South Sudan is scheduled for January 9. On that same day, a...

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