For Such a Time as This (new date)

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For Such a Time as This

An Evening with Lord Alton of Liverpool

New date : Monday 12th May 2014

The evening will begin with music from the band Ooberfule, including songs dedicated to the martyred Pakistani Catholic Shahbaz Bhatti, freedom for Burma, and World Youth Day.
At 8pm Lord Alton will speak on political engagement, the place of conscience, religious liberty and the right to Life, in Britain and around the world, including in countries such as North Korea, Burma, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as here at home.
For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today is an independent Cross-bencher Life Peer.  In 1972 he was elected as Britain’s youngest City Councillor, in Liverpool, the youngest member of the House of Commons in 1979, and in 1997 was made a Life Peer of the House of Lords.
Ooberfuse is a Catholic band which performed the official English language song for World Youth Day 2013, and has performed around the world, including Rome & Rio de Janeiro, as well as across the UK.

The evening is in aid of two Christian organisations working for religious freedom around the world:

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a Catholic charity supporting churches facing persecution,

and

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an ecumenical advocacy organisation
documenting and reporting injustice and persecution and promoting religious freedom for all.
For more information visit:  www.acnuk.org  and  www.csw.org.uk

Pray for Syria

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Christian Solidarity Worldwide ask us that we pray for Syria, especially for the safety of two  kidnapped ArchbishopsCivil war has engulfed Syria for over two years, leaving more than 100,000 dead, over four million internally displaced, and causing a mass exodus of two million to other countries.Christians can be found on both sides of the civil war, but regardless of their allegiances, they have found themselves being targeted increasingly by Sunni jihadi groups, both from within Syria and abroad. 
In April, Archbishop Boulos (Paul) Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church and Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Church were abducted by gunmen, who murdered their driver, who was also a priest.  Recently, it was claimed by the Syrian Grand Mufti that the Archbishops were alive in Turkey.  However, the Turkish Government has denied this; consequently their whereabouts remain unknown.In July, a Catholic priest was executed by Islamist forces and in August, rebel gunmen killed 11 Christians in a drive-by shooting as they celebrated a feast day.More recently, reports are emerging of 30 dead bodies being found in mass graves in the Christian city of Sadaad after forces from jihadist group al-Nusra invaded the town in October. The victims included the elderly, disabled, women and children who could not escape as these forces arrived.  Many were tortured. In addition, the remains of six members of the same family, including a 90-year-old grandmother, were reportedly found in a well. The Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama, Boutros Alnemeh, has described this incident as the “most serious and biggest massacre of Christians” since the conflict began in March 2011.
Please join us in prayer:

  • Pray that the two Syrian Archbishops kidnapped in April will be found alive and well.
  • Pray for an end to the civil war, the restoration of peace, and the healing of the nation;
  • Pray for wisdom and strategy for the international community as it responds to the humanitarian and security crisis caused by the war;
  • Ask God to comfort and strengthen Christians and other religious or ethnic minorities who remain in Syria;
  • Pray for the safety of those abducted and kidnapped, and for their families;
  • Pray for safety and for adequate and timely humanitarian assistance for IDPs and refugees;
  • Pray for the various warring factions, that they would reject sectarianism and embrace reconciliation;
  • Pray for the families and friends of those killed in the city of Sadaad, that they would be comforted;
Thank you for your continued support and prayers

The CSW team

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CSW is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)
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