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Concern for Ukrainian Communities

Categories: Events,News

We invite communities of faith to express solidarity with their Ukrainian neighbours.

Flag of Ukraine, a horizontal blue stripe above a horizontal yellow stripe.
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News reports of the invasion of Ukraine stir both our hearts and our conscience. As people of faith, The United Church of Canada holds in prayer all those facing fear and violence and seeks the immediate cessation of war. We think of those in the direct line of fire, particularly already marginalized people who are so vulnerable to the devastation of ongoing conflict. We are also deeply concerned for Ukrainian members within our communities of faith and Ukrainian communities across our land―our neighbours―in constant worry for family and friends.

We invite our communities of faith to continue to hold the people of the region in prayer. We also invite you to explore whether there is a Ukrainian Catholic church, Ukrainian Orthodox church, or Ukrainian community centre close to you to whom you might write a letter of concern and solidarity. We will continue to update this website and our social media channels with any developments.

The United Church of Canada offers the prayer below and a sample letter.


A Prayer for Ukraine from the Church of Scotland

The news can be difficult to listen to and to read.
When that news relates to faces we know
and to voices familiar to us,
it becomes all the harder to hear.

Lord God,
We ask you to hold the people of Ukraine deep in your heart.
Protect them, we pray;
from violence,
from political gamesmanship,
from being used and abused.

Give, we pray,
the nations of the world the courage
and the wisdom
to stand up for justice
and the courage too,
to dare to care―generously.

Lord, in your mercy,
take from us all
the tendencies in us
that seek to lord it over others:
take from us those traits
that see us pursuing our own needs and wants
before those of others.

Teach us how to live in love
and dignity
and respect―following your example.
In your name and for your sake,
Amen

Issued by Lord Wallace, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and the Very Rev. Dr. Susan Brown, convener of the Faith Impact Forum, Church of Scotland