Stated Clerk releases statement on violence in Kenya

January 2, 2008

Louisville

Dear Friends in Christ:

As I have seen the images of violence and destruction in Kenya the last few days, my heart has gone out to you and my prayers have gone up to God for our friends and partners in Kenya. It is with great sadness that I write this letter on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), hearing the stories of those lives that are affected by the unrest and violence that is taking place in Kenya due to conflicts over the recent elections. We are praying for all those who have been and continue to be threatened by the situation.

At this time, we also wish to encourage you to work with your partner churches to bring healing and reconciliation in the midst of the chaos. When we visited on Mt. Elgon two months ago, I saw what a powerful role the churches in Kenya can play in a situation of violence and destruction, and I pray that you, along with other churches, will be able to take the lead in reconciliation during this troubled time. We stand with you in solidarity to bring about a peaceful end to the conflict. It is our prayer that you will remain hopeful and vigilant, trusting that peace will come as a result of the grace of God and of faithful and fervent prayers.

May the grace and peace that only Christ can bring guard your hearts and minds.

Grace and peace,

Clifton Kirkpatrick
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

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