Forty American Anglican (U.S.) bishops, as well as the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, (ACNA) have signed on to a Pledge of Solidarity & Call to Action on behalf of Christians and Other Small Religious Communities in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria.
The pledge was released at a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, and hosted by U.S. Representatives Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), strong advocates for the persecuted and the co-chairs of the bipartisan Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus, collaborating with Nina Shea, the director and senior scholar at the Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom. Wolf, a firm believer in the power of prayer, observes “there are more churches than there are chambers of commerce in America.”
Wolf also understands the potential for action, if church leaders and church members are inspired, motivated, and impassioned. Sadly, this has not usually been the case. Many believers in these countries (as well as many others) feel forgotten and abandoned by their fellow Christians. The pledge recounts pages of facts about the increasingly alarming conditions for Christians and other small religious communities in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria. The Pledge of Solidarity concludes, “we see ‘the tears of the oppressed’ and cannot ignore them.Read it all here.