SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF MEMBER CHURCHES throughout the world, the acting General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) the Rev Pro. Dr Ioan Sauca, has urgently appealed for peace for the people of Ukraine.

Dr Sauca said: As we follow the news of the mad progression towards war, we plead for a different logic than one based on geopolitical competition – a logic that considers the death and suffering that any armed conflict would inevitably visit on the children, women and men of Ukraine,’ said Sauca. We pray for a change of hearts and minds, for de-escalation, and for dialogue instead of threats.

“Gods people – and members of the ecumenical fellowship – find themselves on both sides of the current confrontation”, said Sauca. But our God is a God of peace, not of war and bloodshed,” he added. Though the things that make for peace may be hidden from the eyes of those driving the march to war, we pray that they may yet be opened, and that peace may yet prevail.”

* Source: World Council of Churches