Dear Companions in Christ,
As the horrific and unjust Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, so do the inevitable repercussions of war. Over 400 civilian deaths have been reported in Ukraine. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, more than 2 million people have fled Ukraine in the days since the invasion began. This is not the way of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
We write to you today asking you to continue to join us in prayers for an urgent ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian forces in Ukraine. Pray earnestly that this unwarranted act of aggression by Vladimir Putin will come to an end and that the people of Ukraine will be freed from death and destruction. The brave people of Ukraine need our support. We can, and must, avoid a World War III.
Many of you have been inquiring on additional ways we can demonstrate our support for the people of Ukraine. Below are a number of statements, prayers, and reflections from others within our church about this conflict, as well as resources and ways that we can support the Ukrainian people during this time of crisis.
Pray for the peace of Christ.
The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop Diocesan
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan