Prayers for peace in Ukraine, and for the success of peace talks now underway in Geneva, Switzerland, have been requested by the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC).
“We pray for a political, nonviolent solution to the crisis, and for the reconciliation of brothers and sisters in and around Ukraine,” Dr Tveit said.
In calling on churches worldwide to join in prayer, Tveit observed that “Ukraine and its neighbouring lands are in a region of rich Christian traditions. Churches of both the east and west join this weekend in the celebration of Easter, a festival of forgiveness following acts of violence and hope for the future of all creation.”
Tveit concluded, “We appeal in this common season of Easter for churches to support every sincere effort to resolve conflicts and to establish justice and peace.”
The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries.
The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The WCC General Secretary is the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from the [Lutheran] Church of Norway.