In The Big Picture 02 Craig Bartholomew wrote about Jesus’ call to his followers to be salt and light. Now is a time for salt – to restrain the evil – and light – to flood the situation with light and truth. As has been said, for evil to triumph all that is required is for good people to remain silent. Let us not be such people. Dr Martin Luther King Jnr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Clearly what is going on in Ukraine matters. This page contains some resources to keep us informed about Ukraine, to help us understand such conflict, a prayer for Ukraine, our recent liturgy at our call to prayer event, and other useful materials. You are welcome to submit short pieces, prayers and links, but do be aware that we will only post what is in final form and what we assess to be useful for this page.
You promise us a future
in which the weapons of war
will be transformed into instruments of peace.
Today is not such a day,
as missiles rain down on Ukraine
and tanks rush down their streets.
You taught us to pray
Your kingdom come on earth
as it is in heaven,
And so we pray that you will
restrain the evil of this invasion,
grant courage and wisdom to the resistance,
and bring peace and justice to this
beautiful part of your world.
Look with mercy on the peoples of Ukraine and Russia,
and grant our leaders wisdom and courage
to withstand this evil.
that through this conflict,
we may recognize anew our need for you,
and live to thank you
for answering our prayers.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
As the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine continues with demonstrable war crimes what should we do?