Three of Britain's leading Free Churches have applauded the decision of the UK Parliament to reject military action in Syria.
Leaders from the the United Reformed Church (URC), the Methodist Church in Britain and the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) said late last week: “We are thankful that our MPs carefully considered the difficult matter of military intervention in Syria – and decided to reject it."
"Our prayers now are that all diplomatic means are used to bring government and opposition leaders to the negotiating table and that divided parties are encouraged to seek a future they can inhabit together.
"We also urge that priority is given to a quick and effective humanitarian response to the thousands of Syrian people affected by the violence.”
The brief statement has been signed by the Rev Roberta Rominger, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, the Rev Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference, and the Rev Stephen Keyworth, Faith and Society Team Leader at the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
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