Wednesday, Sept. 21, 5:00 PM
Community Church of New York
40 East 35th Street, New York, NY
Together, we must speak out and call for an immediate cessation of all bombing campaigns and military actions that perpetuate this terrible war.
As a global community, we must also respond with compassion and immediacy to the pressing needs of millions of refugees and internally displaced people. And we must stand in solidarity with those who suffer the double-jeopardy of displacement followed by the experience of racial or religious profiling and demonization. Sadly, given the latest failure to broker a cease-fire, all of these efforts are sorely needed.
U.S. faith communities including the Fellowship of Reconciliation have collectively endorsed A Call for an End to the War in Syria(PDF). We encourage you to share the statement in your community, and contact GlobalDayforSyria@gmail.com if your organization would like to be listed as an endorser.
Essays you can use to spread the word
Nonviolent Resistance in Syria (PDF), by me, Ethan Vesely-Flad, FOR Director of National Organizing:
“There continue to be extraordinary efforts by Syrian civilians to act nonviolently in the midst of war, and a lasting resolution of the civil war will depend on whether the international community will choose to support Syrian-led initiatives centered on restorative justice and transformative dialogue that includes all stakeholders in the conflict.”
Shifting to a Just Peace Approach (PDF), by Eli S. McCarthy PhD, Director of Justice and Peace for Conference of Major Superiors of Men:
“A just peace approach has many advantages compared to a just war approach. For instance, it has less risk of abuse as well as better helps us to imagine, develop, and commit to nonviolent practices, while cultivating just peace consistently throughout all stages of conflict.”
Unarmed Civilian Protection in Syria (PDF), also by Eli S. McCarthy:
“In Syria, Nonviolent Peaceforce and Cure Violence are in the midst of intensive training of 45 Syrian civil society leaders in violence interruption and unarmed civilian protection. These 45 will then lead trainings for up to 2,000 additional organizations or individuals in Syria. Ongoing support will be provided to local Syrian groups as they develop context-appropriate initiatives.”
Forthcoming essays will address themes of trauma healing and confronting Islamophobia.
Christian faith resources
For those in Christian communities, these worship resources may be helpful:
- A Prayer for the People of Syria, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- The Lord is my light: A prayer service for Syria, Mennonite Central Committee
- Other worship resources on Syria from the Mennonite Central Committee
What is your own prayer for Syria? Share it with us via social media using the hashtags #Pray4Syria and #Peace4Syria.