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Syria

Prayer

Lord over all the earth,
We long for peace in Syria.
May all nations cease from their warring ways.
May the guns and swords pouring into the country turn into plowshares and   tools for rebuilding.

Strengthen all those who are impacted by the war.
Provide for their needs, and heal the physical and emotional wounds of war.
Grant the children of Syria hope for a future of peace, laughter and trusting relationships.

Hear us, O God, we pray.
Amen.

Take action: Stop the violence in Syria

Urge Congress and the Administration to support an immediate ceasefire and a negotiated agreement to end the war in Syria.

The human costs of the war in Syria are staggering. The United Nations has issued an unprecedented appeal for $6.5 billion to meet humanitarian needs within Syria and neighboring countries. But these needs will only continue to grow exponentially until the violence is stopped. 

MCC U.S. urges Congress to oppose military action

MCC U.S. joined leaders of 40 national Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations calling on Congress to oppose the proposed authorization for the use of military force in Syria. Read the full letter.

MCC calls for end to violence in Syria

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Mennonite Central Committee urgently calls on all governments and parties to the conflict to end the violence in Syria. We condemn in the strongest terms all forms of violence and war, including missile strikes, use of chemical weapons, targeted acts of violence against civilians, conventional warfare and suicide bombings.

Further militarization of the conflict will only increase the suffering of the Syrian people and the shattering of Syrian society.

 We call on all nations to immediately end shipments of military equipment and arms to the Syrian government and to rebel groups, and to increase contributions of food and other humanitarian assistance to civilians in all areas of Syria and to Syrian refugees who have fled to neighboring countries, and their host communities.

We call on the international community, and Syrians from all sides, to negotiate with urgency and seriousness an inclusive political solution to the crisis, guaranteeing the rights of all Syrians.

In the name of Christ, we pray and work for peace in Syria.

MCC joins churches’ call to President Obama on Syria

On July 31, two dozen church leaders, including Ron Byler, executive director of MCC U.S. and Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, sent a letter to President Obama on the crisis in Syria. Read the entire letter.