Posts Categorized: Syria

We Choose Welcome at the Church Center for the United Nations!

Our Stated Clerk, the Reverend Gradye Parsons invited Presbyterians to take a selfie with a banner saying “We Choose Welcome,” responding to fear of Syrian refugees. This week, my colleagues at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville joined together in the chapel to choose welcome themselves. As I sat in my office in New York, across… Read more »

An invitation to “Choose Welcome”

reprinted from the blog of the Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly I can count on one hand the number of times I have spent Christmas in my own home as an adult. We have shared that day with grandparents and other family. In a pre-Amazon era, we hid presents among the… Read more »

Our sisters and brothers on the run

Humanitarian crises such as the one in Syria do not have humanitarian solutions; they have political solutions. Almost 60 million men, women, and children displaced by crises around the world. Children make up over 50% of our displaced sisters and brothers. More than 4 million Syrians have become refugees since 2011. Over 7 million Syrians… Read more »

Join in prayer with Syrians

Our staff will join young adults and people of all ages in Syria and around the world in prayer for peace tomorrow. From the Presbyterian News Service: A group of young adults from churches across Syria are calling for the world to join them in kindling the candle of peace by praying together simultaneously on… Read more »

Insight into the crisis in Syria

During a recent visit to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, Dr. Mary Mikhael of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon shared information about the Syrian crisis and its effects on our partners and the citizens of Syria. David Barnhart and Scott Lansing created video clips of Mary’s conversation. Here’s the first… Read more »

Chemical weapons

The Arms Control Association (ACA), an independent membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding and effective policies to address the threats posed by the world’s most dangerous weapons: nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, as well as certain types of conventional weapons that pose a threat to noncombatants, provides a number of resources to help understand… Read more »

Pray for Syria: World Communion of Reformed Churches

The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) has issued a statement and call to prayer on Syria noting that, “The WCRC is aware of the current moves towards military response to these attacks and calls for restraint. However heinous the chemical attacks are, military response is not the answer.” The WCRC also calls for prayer… Read more »

PC(USA) church partners support call for no military action in Syria

From the Presbyterian News Service: The General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, a longtime church partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), sent a letter to the PC(USA) yesterday, expressing appreciation for PC(USA)’s “prophetic stand against all kinds of violence in Syria and your condemnation of the use of chemical attacks… Read more »

Stated Clerk Statement on Syria

The Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) issued a statement today (August 30) in the wake of the escalating violence in Syria, calling upon U.S. and world leaders to refrain from military action. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”… Read more »