On September 14, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefforts Schori released a statement, which read in part: “The Syrian Civil War, now in its fourth year, has unleashed a humanitarian emergency in which severe war crimes – including indiscriminate massacres, persecution of religious and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender-based violence, and other humanitarian abuses – have become widespread.” The statement provides suggestions for learning, acting, advocating and raising awareness about the most widespread refugee crisis the world has known since World War II. Read more.
On September 16, Episcopal Relief & Development released a statement outlining how it is engaging the Syrian crisis through “support to agencies in Syria, to the Diocese of Jerusalem’s Holy Land Institute for the Deaf and in support of large numbers of people traveling out of crisis areas into Europe.” The statement asks to continue to pray for al lthose fleeing violence and unrest. Contributions to the Syria Response Fund will help Syrians fleeing violence. Read more.