The United Reformed Church calls for active solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world

The Mission Council of the United Reformed Church unanimously passed an emergency resolution today, Saturday 9 May, expressing the URC’s solidarity with those who are persecuted around the world for their faith, and calling on the newly-elected British government to prioritise religious freedom.

The resolution stated that Mission Council:

  • Views with deep and prayerful concern the many recent examples of Christians and religious minorities around the world being persecuted for their faith.
  • Calls upon the newly elected British government to make religious freedom a strategic priority and to take early practical steps that show this commitment.
  • Mandates the officers of Assembly to represent these concerns to the government, acting where appropriate with colleagues from other churches and faiths.

 

The paper supporting the resolution specifically noted the Christians who have been brutally murdered in Libya, Pakistan and Kenya and those who are subject to sustained persecution in as many as 50 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and elsewhere, as well as the Jews, Muslims and other religious minorities who are the victims of religiously-motivated attacks around the world.

The Revd Dr Michael Jagessar, URC secretary for racial justice and intercultural ministry, said: “The United Reformed Church believes that the suffering of sisters and brothers around the world who are not free to express their faith is a matter of vital concern. We express our solidarity with our persecuted brethren and sisters and assure them, not only of our prayers but of our commitment to act to highlight their situation and encourage those with power to use it to effect change. Accordingly we call on politicians, the media and other faith leaders in the UK to speak out against this climate of fear and hatred, and on governments around the world to do all they can to help defend minorities from violence and discrimination.”

"It is our hope and prayer that such persecution will come to an end and we call on our congregations and all people of faith to pray for and advocate on behalf of persecuted Christians and religious minorities around the world. We call on all those in positions of power to act on behalf of those who have been silenced and who continue to be persecuted for their beliefs.”