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Open Letter Calling for Intervention and Peace in Sudan

 


Open Letter Calling for Intervention and Peace in Sudan
Commission on Pan-Methodist Cooperation and Union

20 November 2004

The Honorable George W. Bush, President, United States of America
The Honorable Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State designee, United States of America
The Honorable John Danforth, United States Ambassador to the United Nations

We gather as a people called Methodist, representing five denominations with more than 15 million members, to further cooperation and union among churches in the Wesleyan tradition.   As we commune in a spirit of togetherness, we recognize there is deep brokenness created by war throughout our world.   Particularly, we are distraught that tens of thousands of God’s people in Darfur, Sudan die from preventable famine, disease, and violence as part of state-sponsored genocide.  Sadly, the situation in Sudan has been deemed the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis”.  Already, more than 300,000 have died, and more than 3 million more are in grave risk due to deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions.

As Methodists, believing there is no holiness but “social holiness”, we urgently call for the establishment of peace and security throughout the nation of Sudan.  It is clear that there can be no resolution to the humanitarian crisis until there is a broader plan for regional stability brokered by the United Nations Security Council and the African Union.

Therefore, we urge the administration and Congress of the United States to reengage seriously a peace process that holistically considers the concerns of all Sudanese parties and ethnic groups.  We also implore further diplomatic pressure to urge the Government of Sudan to withdraw all government-sponsored raiding entities and dispatch necessary and adequate peace enforcement personnel to Darfur.

We applaud the Security Council’s leadership during its 18-19 November 2004 meeting, and plead for its continued involvement.  Moreover, we affirm the resolutions and calls to peace issued by the National Council of Churches, as well as the General Board of Global Ministries and the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church.

We commit ourselves to remain mindful of the situation, and to revisit this commission’s recommendations and actions at our spring 2005 meeting.

Grace and Peace, on behalf of the
Commission on Pan-Methodist Cooperation and Union

Bishop E. Earl McCloud, Jr.    Bishop Nathaniel Jarrett
Chair, Pan-Methodist Commission   African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
African Methodist Episcopal Church  

Bishop Ronald Cunningham    Bishop Michael Molder 
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Union American Methodist Episcopal Church

Bishop Linwood Rideout     Bishop Violet Fisher
Union American Methodist Episcopal Church  United Methodist Church

Bishop Rhymes Moncure     Bishop William B. Oden
United Methodist Church     United Methodist Church

“Beyond Repentance: Creating Communities of Peace and Justice”
Meeting in Dallas, Texas, 19-20 November 2004


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   African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church
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