Monday, March 18, 2013

WCC Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

Xieng Khuan near Vientiane, Laos
As I wrote about in a recent post, part of my vicarage at Saint Peter's Church this year is providing a supplemental paragraph about countries in the weekly Ecumenical Prayer Cycle created by the World Council of Churches. We pray for each country listed in the prayer cycle during the Intercessory Prayers at Saint Peter's on Sundays and the paragraph is included in our bulletin insert to provide context for those intercessions.

This week's countries (3/17 - 3/23) are Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. While the paragraph below provides some recent information, check out their WCC page for additional prayer resources.  

We pray for the release of fourteen Catholic bloggers and activists who were recently convicted for their connection to the non-violent, pro-democracy Viet Tan group in Vietnam.  We pray for an end to recent land grabbing, for government reform and for free and fair elections this July in Cambodia.  We pray for an end to ongoing government persecution of the Hmong ethnic group in Laos.
God's peace,

Dustin is currently a vicar at the Lutheran Office for World Community and Saint Peter's Church in Manhattan, having recently completed his second year of a Masters of Divinity program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. While seeking ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, his focus is on the intersection between worship, service and justice building in de-centralized faith communities unencumbered by a traditional church building. In his free time, Dustin likes playing frisbee, hiking and pretending to know how to sing.

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