PC(USA) mourns and condemns the killing of Egyptian Coptic Christians

February 17, 2015


Our hearts are heavy as we join the world in mourning the Egyptian Christians beheaded in a video released Sunday by the Islamic State in Libya. The twenty-one Coptic Christians, part of the largest concentration of Christians in the Middle East, had been taken hostage. Our deepest sympathies are with the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. With equal horror and outrage we also condemn these senseless murders, and call on the global ecumenical and interfaith community to cry out loudly for peace, justice, and an immediate end to these ruthless, violent acts.

The Reverend Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

미국 장로교는 이집트의 콥틱 그리스도인들의 죽음을 애도하여 그 일을 자행한 자들을 비난한다

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  1. I agree with Marilyn Robb and Chaplain Crilley...why do we hear very little from our own church and other Christian denominations on the brutal killings, torture, rape and expulsion of Christians in the Middle East -- from the cradle and first stronghold of our faith, which until recently had a healthy population of Christians despite the animus generally prevailing there. Instead we busy ourselves condemning Israel for struggling to exist and engage in disinvestment and similar attacks on her. I, and many others, have long been perplexed and saddened by Christianity's "refusal to take its own side." I pray for a victory over the forces of evil there - from ISIS on down -- or there will be virtually no fellow Christians left there.

    by p anderson

    December 11, 2015

  2. Thank you for the remarks made on the website by the Stated Clerk in February. But why do we not see PCUSA speaking out often in the media regarding the systematic killing of Christians by the Islamic State as well as other radical Islamic terrorist organizations. The Pope has spoken to this but not on a regular basis. But I see no other Christian churches speaking out against the brutal slaughter of Christians in the middle east as well as in the US.

    by Marilyn Robb

    April 17, 2015

  3. I wish every pastor this Sunday would speak to this issue like Chaplain Crilley and Gradye Parsons. The killings and US doing nothing is making me sick.

    by Debbie Griffith

    February 19, 2015

  4. This is a religeous war against faith and personal spirituality of the people of God. This crisis against the human rights of others to pray and practice the worship of God is worthy of Pcusa statments, leadership, unity, action, and overtures more than anything else we've done in the last thirty years as a church. Let's lead the way to confront this evil, and be ready to lay down our very lives for peace in the way of the cross of our Lord.

    by Chaplain Judith Crilley

    February 18, 2015

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