Christians pray for just peace ahead of Sudan's referendum

By staff writers
January 6, 2011

Christians around the world are offering prayers for peace and justice as the Sudanese peace process reaches a key moment with the referendum this weekend (9 January).

In England, the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FoR) said yesterday (5 January) that they were offering prayers as part of their commitment to creating peace around the globe.

"I hope the referendum goes peacefully well and that all concerned will dutifully honour, respect and accept the result,” said Millius Palayiwa, Director of FoR England.

Reflecting on personal experience of brokering peace, Palayiwa added, "From my involvement with the Sierra Leone Peace Process I know how important it is for all parties to a conflict (from bottom to the top) to be reconciled with each other for the good of all and the creation of a 'beloved community'”.

He said that the “regional and international organs” should “support and be guarantors to a peaceful resolution of a conflict”.

The message ends promising the thoughts and prayers of all FoR members in England this coming Sunday.

FoR say that prayerful support is one of many ways in which they live out a global commitment to peace and nonviolence.

"Political transition can test many people's commitment to peace as previously comfortable power structures change or move,” explained John Cooper, FoR England's fundraiser for international work.

He said, “We often receive applications from grassroots peacemakers who want to provide people with the ability to voice their opinion through raised voices rather than raised fists”.

FoR England is a one branch of a global, spiritually-based movement committed to active nonviolence as a means of personal, social, economic and political transformation. As well as members from a wide range of Christian denominations, FoR say that they have many non-religious supporters who subscribe to the organisation's commitment to nonviolence.

The International Peacemakers Fund, supported by FoR England, provides financial support to practical peacemakers who wish to transform communities facing situations of conflict around the globe.


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