International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (80610-C2-R311)
Amend and Readopt Resolution 311
WHEREAS, many societies are intolerant of religious people, and deny them human rights; and As Paul writes of the interrelatedness of the Body of Christ to the Corinthians saying that when “one member suffers all suffer together with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26), so we recognize the presence of religious persecution throughout the world. As The United Methodist Church condemns religious intolerance and persecution of all faith groups, we heed Paul’s words and acknowledge the interconnectedness we have with members of the Body of Christ throughout the world who endure persecution because of their faith.
WHEREAS, according to the U.S. State Department, the governments of over 60 nations around the world condone the persecution of Christians; and WHEREAS, t Since The United people called Methodist Church have traditionally taken the lead in opposes ing injustice, intolerance, and bigotry ; and WHEREAS, Methodists believes in the power of prayer, Therefore, be it resolved, that we encourage the United Methodist congregations to observe in November an International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Be it further resolved, that It is through our earnest prayers that we may grow in our sense of unity with Christians around the world, as well as with all members of religious groups who endure persecution. We and become more aware of the needs of our brothers and sisters who suffer because of their Christian faith, as we defend the religious freedoms of all faith communities. ADOPTED 2000