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Moscow Friends Statement on the Crisis in Ukraine

Mar 4, 2014
Johan Maurer & Mikhail Roshchin, Moscow MM

To all Friends:

Moscow Monthly Meeting of Friends asks you, dear Friends, to pray and work with us for peace in Ukraine. We propose the following principles to guide our prayers and our advocacy:

  1. For government based on compassion instead of coercion, free from international interference.

  2. For reconciliation among all the people of Ukraine regardless of ethnicity.

  3. For all the different ethnic groups of Ukraine to be able to express their hopes and expectations freely.

  4. For all controversies to be resolved without violence.

Moscow Friends will continue to follow the situation closely and prayerfully. Please join us.

Johan Maurer and Mikhail Roshchin
Moscow Monthly Meeting of Friends

A Response from FWCC

In response, Friends World Committee for Consultation General Secretary Gretchen Castle wrote to Friends in Moscow:

I am so grateful for your letter and your prayer suggestions, and most importantly, to hear your invitation for Friends around the world to put all prayerful attention to the people of Ukraine. We must believe in the power of prayer and engage as fully as we can with our hope for compassion, for reconciliation through nonviolent means, and open communication for all ethnic groups.

Even as the international stage brings pressure to comply with more reasonable standards of engagement, may we as Friends offer what we know to be powerful – appreciation of the human spirit, engagement in small circles, deep listening, and compassion in all things.

May God help us all move ever closer to what we ask of others.  And as we ask for God’s help, may the human family continue to move toward a more compassionate response to human suffering. 

Originally posted here and here.

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