The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) and The ENOUGH Project invite you to take part in a powerful study and campaign to end genocide in Darfur. Churches and communities across the United Methodist connection will use a new resource, Not On Our Watch Christian Companion, as the basis for a faith-based study on how to mobilize against atrocities such as that in Sudan.
This campaign to end the genocide in Darfur and beyond will include a petition churches are encouraged to spread throughout their communities that will be presented to both President Bush and to the President-elect in late November.
The campaign will also provide weekly conference calls during September and October beginning at 8 pm EST Wednesday, Sept. 10.
The ENOUGH Project has created a Web site, www.darfurchristianaction.org, that provides resources and materials about this campaign. It will explain how you can mobilize your church, Sunday school, youth group, or campus ministry to participate.
Bill Mefford, director of GBCS’s Civil and Human Rights program, wrote the Christian Companion with Greg Leffel, president of One Horizon Foundation. It presents an eight-week study to accompany the best-selling Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, by Academy-award winning actor Don Cheadle and human rights activist John Prendergast. The study that provides theological reflection, brief stories from Darfurians, peacekeepers and human rights activists, as well as discussion questions, and specific steps groups can take against such tragedies as that in the Sudan.
The tragic events in Darfur remind us of the crucial importance of amplifying our voices as people of faith so that such crimes against humanity can be ended once and for all.
The Not on Our Watch Christian Companion is available in paperback and sells for $7.50. Copies can be ordered through www.darfurchristianaction.org. The Web site includes activities to accompany the resource. The Christian Companion will be available on Amazon.com in September.
As part of a larger interfaith campaign, as many churches as possible are urged to participate in this study during September and October.
“The tragic events in Darfur remind us of the crucial importance of amplifying our voices as people of faith so that such crimes against humanity can be ended once and for all,” said Jim Winkler, GBCS chief executive.
Peace with Justice
The United Methodist Board of Church & Society’s Peace with Justice Program aims to make shalom visible and active in people's lives and communities. GBCS has been assigned by the denomination to implement the program and call the church to "strengthen its capacity to act as a public policy advocate" in communities and nations throughout the world.
Mark Harrison, director of GBCS’s Peace with Justice program, supervises an Action Network that provides legislative updates, educational resources and identifies opportunities to act on issues such as ending the war in Iraq, overcoming global poverty and hunger, stopping new nuclear weapons and proliferation, stopping global conflicts (i.e. Darfur, Philippines) and Middle East Peace. He issues “Action Alerts” periodically through e-mail.
Joining the Peace with Justice Action Network is free: go to umpower.org or click on My GBCS on the General Board of Church and Society Web site, www.umc-gbcs.org. You can also contact Donna Brandyberry, (202) 488-5641.
Mark Harrison can be reached at (202) 488-5645.
The Christian Companion was published by The ENOUGH Project in association with GBCS and One Horizon Foundation.
ENOUGH is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. It was founded in 2007 with an initial focus on the crises in Sudan, Chad, eastern Congo, northern Uganda and Somalia. To learn more about ENOUGH and what you can do to help, go to www.enoughproject.org.
One Horizon exists to encourage cooperative action for the common good among a variety of civil society organizations through grants and other forms of assistance. More information is available at www.onehorizon.org.