On January 9, 2011, the people of Southern Sudan will vote on whether or not to form a separate nation. This vote was a condition of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, yet the government in the north is mobilizing forces in anticipation of a vote for separation, and some violence has already broken out.
In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Sudan, he presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, has called for a season of prayer for Sudan. The archbishop of the Episcopal Church in Sudan, the Most Reverend Daniel Deng Bul, has also issued a call to prayer.
Sudan, and the region of Darfur within it, have suffered years of civil war and genocide. There is no guarantee that this referendum will occur peacefully. In fact, there is every indication that violence and perhaps civil war will break out again following the referendum, no matter what the outcome. In addition, if the vote is for independence, the northern government is expected to evict thousands of southern Sudanese refugees from the Khartoum area, which means Southern Sudan could be facing a major humanitarian crisis.
Please join us for a Prayer Vigil for the people of Sudan.
Saturday January 8, 2011
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
3725 30th Street
San Diego 92104
Even if you are unable to attend (like me) perhaps you will make time that evening to “be with” those who gather in prayer: stop, remember, pray where you are and when you can focus on your prayer. Always believe that your single, soft voice of prayer, has power beyond your imagining, especially when it is joined with so many other voices interceding for peace in this troubled region.