SSCC Statement on Nonviolence
“Put your sword back in its place …”(Mathew 26:52)
The South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), a KAIROS partner and participant in the Women, Peace and Security program, issued a powerful statement on nonviolence after the Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to South Sudan by Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Rt. Rev. Dr Iain Greenshields in March 2023. We are sharing this statement again as it particularly prescient in the current context of violence in Sudan. It is a clarion and urgent cry for profound nonviolence:
Deeper than simply avoiding war, nonviolence calls us to a new way of life which respects the dignity of every person and the integrity of creation. Nonviolence names a core value of the Gospel, in which Jesus combined an unmistakable rejection of violence with the power of love and truth in action for justice and peace.
Read the full statement below: