Monday, May 06, 2013

WCC Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda
As I wrote about in a post a few months ago, 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 (4/28 - 5/4) are Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. While the paragraph below provides some recent information, check out their WCC page for additional prayer resources.
We give thanks for a recent peace deal between the government of South Sudan and local militia groups.  We pray for continued reconciliation efforts between Sudan and South Sudan, as well as peace in the Sudanese region of Darfur, where an estimated 2.3 million people remain displaced after a decade-long conflict.  We give thanks for the recent efforts of Roman Catholic clergy and other faith leaders in Uganda to address gender-based violence.
God's peace,

Dustin currently serves as 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 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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