The Ecumenical Church of Sudan will open a landmark art exhibition in the Malakal region of southern Sudan on 28 October 2007, aimed at promoting peace in an area devastated by 21 years of civil war. It is being backed by Christian Aid.
There is an "international responsibility to protect people at risk in the Darfur region ... and in neighbouring Chad," says the World Council of Churches executive committee, calling on member churches to bring that responsibility "to the attention of their governments".
The Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly Council has approved action supporting the denomination's campaign of phased selective divestment of certain multinational corporations doing business with the government of Sudan.
In a carefully-worded statement clear in its intent, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics has urged the President of Sudan towards positive action in resolving the Darfur crisis, which has killed many thousands and displaced millions.
The US United Methodist Church's social action agency wants the denomination to divest from companies providing products or services used for "illegal destruction" in Palestinian areas or that are doing business with the government of Sudan.
Sudan Christian leaders are concerned that the country's oil wealth, previously used by the government in the north of the country to fuel a 21-year war in the south, is again being used for war purposes, as well as government attempts to solve the Darfur crisis.
The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), a fellowship of 169 member Churches and Christian Councils in 39 African countries, has issued a strong call for a unified commitment to peace with justice in Darfur.