Church leaders call for prayer for South Sudan


A Message of Solidarity

with the Church in South Sudan

from the heads of

The Episcopal Church

The Anglican Church of Canada

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada


Friday, May 9, 2014

The situation in South Sudan continues to be extremely difficult, and news of it in North American media is minimal. Violence has been fomented and stirred by political leaders for their own ends. Although the mainstream media portrays the conflict as ethnic, its roots, as with any conflict, are varied and complicated. Regardless, there can never be a rationale for the suffering that has been wrought.

Our partners in South Sudan have suffered massive casualties. Their people have been murdered, raped, tortured, and burned out of their homes. Churches and entire villages have been destroyed. In spite of extensive displacement, Anglicans/Episcopalians and Lutherans continue to be active in relief and peace-making efforts through our partners in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, and the Lutheran World Federation.

We urge you to join in prayer for the people of South Sudan and Sudan, for a lasting and meaningful peace, and for immediate aid and response to the needs of the myriad of displaced persons.

As we celebrate the feast of the Resurrection, we urge you to help make the risen body of Christ evident to those who labor through the valley of the shadow of death.


The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church


Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Presiding Bishop

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz


Anglican Church of Canada


Bishop Susan Johnson

National Bishop

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada




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