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Call for Australian churches to unite in prayer and fasting for Syria

Churches across Australia are being encouraged to pray and fast for peace in Syria.

The National Council of Churches in Australia released the call following a meeting of representatives of the 19 Australian churches which are members of the NCCA in Sydney last week. At the meeting, Archbishop Malki Malki of the Syrian Orthodox Church told the council that many Christians have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and peace.

The NCCA executive issued a statement of support recognising the presence and witness of indigenous Christians in Syria, their contributions to Syrian society and their desire for a society based on mutual respect, justice and peace.

“We have real concern for the people of Syria in light of the current violence, increasing loss of life and the destruction of places of worship,” said Rev Tara Curlewis, general secretary of the NCCA. “We are very concerned for those who have sought refuge in Syria as they have fled other areas of conflict in the Middle East.”

The NCCA has asked its member churches to consider a time of prayer and fasting for peace and reconciliation in Syria. They are also being asked to pray for the strengthening of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians in Syria and among the members of the Australian Churches whose heritage is from Syria.

~ www.ncca.org.au

 

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