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“He has been raised from the dead.” Matt. 28:7

Tuesday, October 22

Middle East

Long before the recent revolutions in the Arab world, the impact of religion on statecraft has been a critical matter. Now it has gained greater urgency. Most crucial among the emerging issues is how legislation must be transformed to reflect current realities, particularly to protect the rights of minorities. Some Middle Eastern churches are taking a proactive role to create a vision that benefits all citizens in society. One such effort was a meeting of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches—an association of Protestant churches in the region—in February 2012. Church leaders discussed the Arab Spring uprisings and the momentous changes they brought about as well as ongoing conflicts in parts of the Middle East, especially in Syria, Egypt, and Israel-Palestine.

Participants discussed how to confront the challenges faced by Protestant Christians—a “minority within a minority.” They also highlighted the need for a “genuine ecumenical openness” among Christians and “constructive cooperation with non-Christian groups.” Participants also emphasized that a just solution to the Palestinian crisis is necessary for any future progress on human rights, religious freedom, and reconciliation in the region.

One plea to Western Christians came out of the meeting: that they would educate themselves on how foreign geopolitical and economic interests can exacerbate religious and ethnic conflicts, hinder reconciliation between peoples of the region, and put Middle Eastern Christians in danger.

Amgad Beblawi, area coordinator for the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission
Elder H. Doug Dicks, regional liaison, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Egypt, World Mission

The Middle East Council of Churches: Fr. Paul Rouhana, general secretary • The Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches: Mrs. Rosangela Jarjour, general secretary • The Arab Group for Christian-Muslim Relations and Dialogue; and Forum for Development, Cultural and Dialogue: Rev. Dr. Riad Jarjour, general secretary • The Middle East Council of Churches [Jordan]: Ms. Wafa Goussous, director, MECC Amman Liaison office • The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd [Jordan]: Rev. Samer Azar, pastor • The Church of the Redeemer, Amman [Jordan]: Rev. Fadi Diab, pastor • The Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center [Jordan]: Father Nabil Haddad, director • The Ahliyyah School for Girls, Amman [Jordan]: Mrs. Haifa Najjar, director • The Bishop’s School for Boys, Amman [Jordan]: Mrs. Haifa Najjar, director • The Theodore Schneller School, Marka [Jordan]: Dr. Ghazi Musharbash, director • The Holy Land Institute for the Deaf, Salt [Jordan]: Brother Andrew de Carpentier, director

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Rev. Martha Sadongei, PMA
Kim Saltzman, BOP

Let us pray

Merciful God, we lift up our sisters and brothers in the Middle East as they bear witness to the gospel of your Son. Help us see your mission there and the role you would have us play in making your love known to all people. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 54; 146
First Reading Lamentations 1:1-5(6-9)10-12
Or alternate First Reading Jeremiah 40:7-41:3
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:41-50
Gospel Reading Matthew 11:25-30
Evening Psalms 28; 99

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