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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
(From the United Methodist Book of Discipline)
As Paul writes of the interrelatedness of the body of Christ to the Corinthians saying that when “one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26), so we recognize the presence of religious persecution throughout the world. As The United Methodist Church condemns religious intolerance and persecution of all faith groups, we heed Paul’s words and acknowledge the interconnectedness we have with members of the body of Christ throughout the world who endure persecution because of their faith.
Since The United Methodist Church opposes injustice, intolerance, and bigotry and believes in the power of prayer, we encourage United Methodist congregations to observe in November an International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. It is through our earnest prayers that we grow in our sense of unity with Christians around the world, as well as with all members of religious groups who endure persecution. We become more aware of the needs of our brothers and sisters who suffer because of their faith, as we defend the religious freedoms of all faith communities.