"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" (Romans 8:35)
Will your church be marking the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on November 6 or 13? The CRC Office of Social Justice is pleased to offer a litany and a powerpoint to help your church to remember the persecuted church this year. Visit our International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church page to download the resources.
Report from OSJ Staff Who Attended Forum on the Persecuted Church
OSJ staff attended a forum on the persecuted church with representatives from various communions earlier this year. They have shared what they learned in this report.
The Center for Religious Freedom
The Center for Religious Freedom works against religious persecution of all groups throughout the world. It is currently at the forefront of a national campaign in the U.S. to defend persecuted Christians worldwide.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights follows the issue of religious intolerance throughout the world. Visit their website to you'll find links to various documents and news reports on parts of the world where religious persecution occurs.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom & The U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is an independent agency that advises the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress on religious freedom throughout the world. The USCIRF website provides lots of information on religious freedom, including reports on countries of special concern, such as Sudan, Saudi Arabia, China, and more.
Each year, the U.S. Department of State releases a report on the state of international religious freedom. You can access the most recent report by visiting this page and choosing the current year on the left.
Back to God Ministries International: A ministry of the CRCNA that uses various forms of media to share the gospel, disciple believers, and strengthen the church around the world. Click here for stories of religious persecution from their ministry.
World Renew: Appointed by the Classes of the CRCNA, World Renew joins with communities around the world in development, disaster response & rehabilitation to renew hope, peace, and justice. Click here to read stories of religious persecution from those working with World Renew.
The Banner: The official magazine of the CRCNA. The Banner aims to show how the reformed tradition makes sense for our world today. Read these Banner articles about religious persecution:
- Peace for the Persecuted
- Religious Persecution Comes in Many Forms
- The Many Faces of Religious Persecution
Do Justice Blog: A conversation space for justice in the CRCNA. Check out these posts on persecution from the blog:
- A Step Toward Religious Freedom for All Christians
- Religious Persecution and True Godliness
- Messages from the Persecuted Church
Eric Sarwar’s Story: Why Persecuted Christians Sing Psalms in Pakistan. Click here to read!
New York Times Opinion Piece: Why the Middle East's Christians Are Under Attack. Click here to read the article.
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