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Statement on Syria

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Church have made a call for peace following the vote in the House of Commons last night to authorise UK military action in Syria.

02 December 2015

"The acts of intolerance and hatred carried out in the name of ISIS are wholly abhorrent.
As Methodist people we join with others across Britain and the world to pray for the victims of these ongoing terrorist acts. It is clear that measures must be taken to overcome this evil. In doing so we must remain firm to our own values.
Our Response must not be driven by anger or fear, but compassion and longing for peace. A strategy that protects civilians is required to achieve these aims — not simply aerial bombardment. Our understanding must be informed by listening to the voices of Syrians themselves including Christian and other minorities who have suffered greatly.
We continue to pray for all those affected by terrorism and also for our politicians as they consider how the UK might best use its influence in this situation."

03 December 2015

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Church have made a call for peace following the vote in the House of Commons last night to authorise UK military action in Syria.

The vote, taken on the evening of Wednesday 2 December, was 397 for and 223 against the air bombing of Syria.

The Revd Steve Wild and Dr Jill Barber, President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have said:

"We join with people of all faiths, as we pray for Syria following last night's decision that the UK will proceed with air strikes on ISIS/Daesh. Every death is tragic and we grieve for those who have been killed and those who will die as an escalation of military action as a result of the continuing conflict...

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