UCC General Synod calls for advocacy on behalf of Congo
Written by Tim Kershner
July 5, 2011
General Synod 28 of the United
Church of Christ today called on all settings of the church to reflect and advocate
for the people of the beleaguered central African nation of Congo.
Claiming that the international
community has not “adequately responded” to the civil and military injustices
in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the resolution encourages
congregations and our partners to “advocate on behalf of sisters and brothers
in the Democratic Republic of the Congo” and to work with governments and
international agencies to secure Congolese sovereignty.
Since this central African nation
achieved independence in 1960, it has been frequently invaded by neighbors
Rwanda and Uganda as well as controlled by various militia groups seeking
dominance over minerals and other natural resources. In the process, according
to the Global Witness report, more than 6 million Congolese have been killed.
Rape and sexual utilization of women and girls is commonplace, and the
incidence of HIV/AIDs has increased drastically.
In addition to prayer and advocacy,
churches are asked to participate in “Congo Week” in October — an international
effort to call attention to the suffering in that nation and “stand for justice
in solidarity with the people of the Congo.” Mobile phone users are also encouraged
to stage a one-hour “Cell Out” where cell phones are turned off and voice mail
messages tell callers that critical components of cell-phone technology are
mined in the Congo where people do not benefit fully from their own natural
of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC), in the Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC), formerly known as Zaire, was founded in 1889 in relation to the
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada, and is an ecumenical
partner today of the United Church of Christ through our Common Global Ministries.