The Not On Our Watch Christian Companion
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MOVED BY FAITH AT THE WHITE HOUSE
On Friday October 2nd, faith leaders from around the country met with Reverend Joshua DuBois, Director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, to discuss the situation in the Sudan and stress the importance of the conflict. The Interfaith Sudan Working Group, delivered a letter signed by over 1,400 clergy leaders urging persistent attention to and action on the issues plaguing the Sudan. The letter serves as a powerful statement to the Obama administration about the importance of this conflict to leaders of all faiths in the United States. The full text of the letter can be read here
Faith leaders attending the meeting were:
- abbi David Saperstein: President, Religious Action Center
- Ruth Messinger: President, American Jewish World Service
- Galen Carey: Director of Government Affairs, National Association of Evangelicals
- Reverend Gloria White-Hammond: AME Pastor; Co-Founder, Sister’s Keeper
- Alissa Karg: Deputy Regional Director for Africa, Lutheran World Relief
- Pastor Cindy Lapp: Representative, Mennonite Central Committee; Pastor Hyattsville
- Dr. Stephen Colecchi: Director Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Bishop Shannon S. Johnston: Bishop, Virginia, Episcopal Church
- Imam Mohamed Magid: Vice President, Islamic Society of North America; Director, ADAM'S Center
- Archbishop Vicken Aykazian: Archbishop, Armenian Church of America.
For more information on the Moved By Faith campaign, visit here
ANTI-GENOCIDE GROUP PROVIDES ROADMAP FOR ACTIVIST CHURCHES
Operation Broken Silence, or OBS, an organization committed to expanding the global anti-genocide movement, just released its “Emergency Church Action Plan Concerning Genocide,” which focuses on maximizing the effects and impact of American Christian efforts in combating genocide, particularly in Darfur.
The Action Plan guides churches through seven steps to effectively respond to genocide. The steps include actions such as corporate and private prayer, giving money to an aid organization working in the area of concern, sending congregation members on mission trips, and informing the network of churches about the genocide. The plan draws on the obligation of churches to demand responsibility from the American government to take action in the face of genocide by encouraging congregations to write to their representatives, contact the White House, and host local events like fundraisers, guest lectures, and screenings of genocide films. The Action Plan also highlights the usefulness of a pre-existing network of churches to spread the word about the ongoing genocide. Lastly, the plan calls on churches to keep up the pressure as the call for action spreads, especially in light of the fact that the genocide in Darfur could continue for many years.
OBS, founded by Mark Christopher Hackett, asserts that the American Christian church is in a unique position to become a strong voice against the ongoing genocide in Darfur. In its attempt to awaken the Christian call to conscience, OBS believes there is a “Biblical Anti-Genocide Mandate” to take an uncompromising stand against genocide:
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this.” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done? Proverbs 24:11-12
To read the full Emergency Church Action Plan and discover ways that your church can take action to combat the genocide in Darfur, visit the Operation Broken Silence website. The “Call to the American Church” is another useful resource found there, which highlights the great potential of the Christian church’s leadership to demand action from the U.S. government to supply relief efforts to people affected by ongoing violence.
Enough’s Darfur Christian Action initiative also provides a collection of resources for church members who are interested in joining the anti-genocide movement, including the Christian Companion for the book Not On Our Watch by John Prendergast and actor Don Cheadle.
Jon Foreman Fast for Darfur Interview from CJ Casciotta on Vimeo.
Jon Foreman, the lead singer of the Dove award-winning band Switchfoot, is joining the Darfur Fast for Life to raise awareness for the humanitarian crisis in Sudan. Foreman is joining activists such as Mia Farrow, US Rep. Donald Payne, Virgin Chairman Sir Richard Branson, and a growing number of celebrities and activists alike in taking this action to demand an end to the conflict. For more information on the Darfur Fast for Life or to participate, please visit www.fastdarfur.org.
May 4th Statement from the Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement
I, Daniel Deng Bul, Archbishop and Primate of the Province of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan and Bishop of the Diocese of Juba, am personally appealing to the international donor and diplomatic communities, on behalf of the entire Church and the entire country, for increased support and action in safeguarding the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
Not on Our Watch Broadcast
On March 29, 2009, Enough partnered with the broadcasting company Church Communication Network to deliver a live broadcast about the genocide in Darfur and how the Christian community across the country can mobilize to help bring peace to the region. The broadcast, based on the best selling book Not On Our Watch by Enough's John Prendergast and actor Don Cheadle, was viewed by over 90 participating churches. More than 1,000 members watched the action live at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church just outside Dayton, Ohio, where Senior Pastor Mike Slaughter served as host for the night.
The broadcast, which featured Prendergast and Omer Ismail from Enough, in addition to prominent religious figures, focused on providing background information on the conflict in Sudan and highlighted important advocacy steps for the church community to help end the genocide.
Download the Not on Our Watch â€” Catholic Companion and Discussion Guide for free
The Catholic Companion and Discussion Guide to Not On Our Watch is designed to be used along side the book. By understanding of the forces at work in Sudan which have led to the conflict and violence in Darfur, we can bring the tradition and grounding of our faith to direct our action and engage our advocacy.
What Others Are Saying...
"The genocide in Darfur requires Christians to speak out and act. Remaining silent is not an option in our faith. Action in the face of genocide is a biblical duty and The Not On Our Watch Christian Companion provides sound direction through biblical reflection for a Christian response. Every Christian should read this book!" —The Rev. Richard Cizik, Vice President for Governmental Affairs, the National Association of Evangelicals
"Sojourners has worked to unite and mobilize Christians from across the political and theological spectrum to end the genocide in Darfur. Six years into the horror of this genocide, greater awareness and action is still a moral imperative. The Not On Our Watch Christian Companion provides a practical, timely, and compelling guide to inform and inspire such action with the church." —Jim Wallis, Sojourners