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OSMTH Condemns Attack on Innocent Civilians

13 June 2016 - Geneva, Switzerland

AN ATTACK ON ALL OF US

OSMTH Condemns Attack on Innocent Civilians

Once again we share the horror with humanity of the mass massacre of innocent people this weekend in Orlando. We are in mourning and solidarity with the people of the United States.

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OSMTH Prayer for Peace

Almighty God, the Creator of all, we remind ourselves daily, in our ecumenical Christian and chivalric Order, that the psalmist of old bids us to "Pray for the peace and prosperity of Jerusalem and of all peoples". With broken hearts, bruised bodies and wounded souls, we come before you, praying for peace to reign in the hearts and minds of all people throughout the whole world.

We remember that we are born of God, redeemed by Jesus Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit. Help all nations and all peoples to put away the crimes of war, the tyrannies of terror, the battles of bitterness and cruelty of one person to another. Help us to see all people as members of the great family of humanity, under God, in a fellowship of peace; with love one for another in the dignity of the human form you have created.

Lord Jesus, you died in the midst of crisis on Calvary's Hill. You were laid in the Sepulchre of Jerusalem and rose above it all to free us from sin and death. Let us now, as Children of God, Sons and Daughters of Abraham, and People of Faith, be dead to the sins of warfare and cruelty; and let us follow a new life of peace, justice and unity.

This prayer we offer through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, and the Author of our Salvation. And to that we say: Amen, Amen, and Amen.

June 2016  

2016 Easter Message

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

2016 Easter Message
From Bishop Dr. Munib Younan
Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and OSMTH Chaplain General

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1 Corinthians 15:1-2

Now I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.

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Salaam and grace to you from Jerusalem, in the name of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ.

Today Christians across the world rejoice in the Good News we have received, on which we stand, and through which we have been saved: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.

Jesus is raised from the tomb! Alleluia!
Light is stronger than darkness! Alleluia!
Life is stronger than death! Alleluia!

This is the center of our Christian faith and the source of our hope. For this reason, we celebrate Easter with joy and love.

For this reason, we sing along with Ephraem this beautiful hymn from the 4th century:

Glory to you, friend of all!
Glory to you, O merciful Lord!
Glory to you, longsuffering God!
Glory to you, who takes away all sins!
Glory to you, who came to save us!
Glory to you, who became flesh in the womb of the virgin!
Glory to you, bound in cords!
Glory to you, whipped and scourged!
Glory to you, mocked and derided!
Glory to you, nailed to the cross!
Glory to you, buried and risen!
Glory to you, proclaimed to all humankind, who believe in you! Amen.

This Easter Good News has come to the world again at just the right time.

At this time, the world desperately needs the message of the empty tomb. We need the light and life of Easter morning. In just the first three months of this year, we in the Middle East have been witnessing an alarming wave of violence. Recent days have seen tragedies unfold in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, the Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Nigeria, and many other nations. Even this week, which we call Holy, began with a terror attack in Brussels. It’s difficult to comprehend the amount of death and destruction which has plagued our world, in just the few short months since the world’s Christians gathered to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace.

All across the world today we see that a culture of death and fear is heavily promoted to the people – by extremists, by the media, even by some politicians. The message they plant in us is that we should be afraid of losing our freedoms, or afraid of giving away too much power. They tell us we should be afraid of the evil which lurks beyond our borders, or the evil which lurks even next door. This culture of death and fear instills in us a certain envy, in which the only way for us to have life is to deny the life of the other—whether the enemy, or the neighbor of a different religion, or the refugee.

This culture of death is what Jesus experienced on his Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.

Jesus experienced a culture of deception and betrayal when one of his disciples joined him for the Last Supper, but then sold him for thirty pieces of silver.

Jesus experienced a culture of denial and abandonment when Peter emphatically denied him, not once but three times.

Jesus experienced a culture of power over others when Herod and Pilate reconciled out of their common desire to humiliate him.

Jesus knew well the culture of death, and where it ultimately leads.

Today we are haunted and even obsessed by this same culture of death, but this culture is exactly what the resurrection of Jesus destroys. The resurrection of Jesus means we must not accept such a culture. We will not give in to despair, to hopelessness, to violence, or to complacency. We need not stay in the tomb, for by the power of Jesus’ resurrection, we have been raised to new life with him.

The resurrection reveals how the justice of God is wholly different from the justice of the world. Where the world insists that death and fear and jealousy and mistrust and deceiving are unavoidable facts of existence, a culture we must accept and work within, necessary evils which ensure our own personal happiness, the resurrection proclaims exactly the opposite. By rising from the tomb, Jesus shows us a new path forward. The Risen Lord has given us a Culture of Life.

And what is this life? It is a life of freedom, a life of joy, a life of equal dignity. The resurrected life is one of acceptance and love and protection of the other. The resurrected life is one which honors every gender, every race, every ability, every nationality, every faith. This new life, our Easter life, is the culture Christians everywhere share, in spite of differences in language or tradition or geographic location. Together, in every corner of the world, followers of Jesus share and proclaim and testify to this Culture of Life.

Perhaps over the years, we have allowed the world’s culture of death and fear to influence us. Perhaps we have opened the door to jealousy, to mistrust of the other, even to an acceptance of violence.

Perhaps we have forgotten how Easter morning was a new day – the first day of the week, the first day of Jesus’ resurrected life, but also the first day of the church’s unique Culture of Life.

How could anyone forget such Good News? How could we forget we have been raised? How could we forget who we are?

When the church stands by as refugee families drown seeking freedom, we have forgotten.

When the church honors bell towers and organs over bread for the hungry, we have forgotten.

When the church stays silent in the face of injustice, oppression, and occupation, we have forgotten.

When the church’s message begins to reflect fear of the world outside, we have forgotten.

When we, who have already been raised to life, begin to feel comfortable inside the tomb, we have forgotten who we are. We have forgotten that we are children of the resurrection, children of abundant life.

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, if we have forgotten, then the Day of Resurrection is the day we remember. On that resurrection morning, the women stood at the empty tomb and could not believe their eyes. But then, the two men in dazzling clothes appeared and said to them: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”

And then, the women remembered! They remembered, and they ran to tell the Good News to all who would listen.

On this Day of the Resurrection, we also remember! We remember that the stone was already rolled back. We remember that that tomb was empty. We remember how God used the cross, an instrument of humiliation and death, to give us life. For this reason, the Orthodox liturgy sings: “Jesus is risen from the dead. He has overcome death with death and given life to all who are in tombs.”

By his rising, Jesus has freed us from the culture of death and fear. With him, and with all believers around the world, we now share one common Culture of Life.

On this Easter morning, I pray that Christians everywhere will remember who they are: People of life. People of joy and of freedom. People of mercy and forgiveness. People of love and of liberation.

Above all, remember that we are a people empowered by the resurrection of Jesus Christ to be ambassadors of our unique culture—a culture of life and life abundant. Therefore, in every church, in every community, in every nation, in every context, in every situation, let our testimony be as one:

The tomb is empty!
Life is stronger than death!
Alleluia, Christ is risen! Il-Masih Kam! Hakkan kam!

Middle East Christian Refugee Documentary

The link below is to view a documentary drama about Christian refugees from the Middle East. Filming was carried out in Bethany beyond the Jordan which has a strong Christian significance. Romanian TV has shown the documentary and it has been seen in parts of Bulgaria, Moldova, Serbia, Russia. This powerful message has been streamed to all EU national TV. OSMTH co-chaired the Seminar and many follow on events. OSMTH invited about 40% of the speakers, 100% of the OSMTH delegates who included Duke Alexander and Jordan Senator Azayzeh. OSMTH leaders are interviewed in this powerful seminar or conference documentary produced on this Christian, Muslim and world crisis. Producer and filmmaker Monica Ghiurco is a major TV anchor in eastern Europe. 

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HONOURING THE UNITED NATIONS ON ITS 70th ANNIVERSARY, 2015

Shared Ideals, Shared Values, Shared Futures
The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), founded in 1948 three years after the creation of the United Nations, has a close even intense relationship with the entire United Nations System, promoting and defending the rights and responsibilities of the widest NGO and Civil Society communities in their advocacy, operational, consultation and participation interactions with the UN. 

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2015

Bishop Dr. Munib Younan
Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and OSMTH Chaplain General

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
John 1:5

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Salaam and grace to you this Christmas from the land of Jesus’ birth. Wherever you are in the world, may you celebrate it in peace, and may we all live in peace in the New Year. There is no better time to speak about peace than at Christmas, when the Prince of Peace was born among us.

At Christmastime we hear the story of the birth of Jesus, which took place in the little town of Bethlehem and was announced by an angel who said, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12)

This angelic announcement came as a shock to the shepherds in the fields that night. They were even afraid of the Good News!

Today, we welcome the angel’s voice as the center of the Christmas message and the source of our joy. Sometimes, however, as we are consumed with the beautiful songs and the beautiful decorations of the season, we may forget the babe in the manger. We may lose the true meaning and message of our celebrations.

At Christmastime, we do not care to hear the voice of John the Baptist, for example, who calls to us from the wilderness: “Repent!” and “Prepare the way of the Lord!” and “Make his paths straight!” Such prophetic announcements seem to get in the way of our festivities. We don’t want anyone or anything to disturb our Christmas feasts and our Christmas joy.

However, the disturbing voice of John the Baptist is also a much-needed part of the Christmas story, because even as people across the world are decorating their homes with lights, a cloud of darkness has settled over us. The threat of terror and war is felt in nearly every place around the globe—in Paris, in Beirut, in Mali, in Nigeria, in San Bernardino and other places. Refugees are fleeing violence and persecution in great numbers. Wars and rumors of wars are coming to nations which were once on good terms. Extremists are finding a voice and even followers in every religion. Here in the Middle East, many Christians are feeling squeezed from every side of the divide.

It is clear that John the Baptist’s prophetic words are for us today. Nations need to repent. Politicians needs to change their ways. Humanity must turn back to God. The path to peace, justice, and equality must be made straight – not only through goodwill and good feelings, but through good policy and good governments.

With the world boiling over, it seems we are walking in deep darkness. This darkness blinds us, causing people to be overcome by hatred for those who are different. This is the darkness the prophet Isaiah speaks of when he writes,

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2)

As the world gathers to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, we must remember that the joyful news of Christmas is also disturbing news. Like John the Baptist’s voice crying in the wilderness, the angel’s announcement shocks and surprises us. It shakes our foundations and challenges our prejudices. It pierces the darkness of our sin with the light of God’s peace, justice, and mercy.

This year, we receive the announcement of Jesus’ birth as exactly the kind of disturbing, prophetic news the world desperately needs. We take comfort in knowing the baby Jesus was born at night, when darkness ruled the earth. And we rejoice that the light of Jesus Christ still shines brightly from the heart of Palestine, giving Christians everywhere hope and strength. As it was written,

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

This Christmas I call on all who have heard the disturbing, world-changing news of Jesus’ birth to become prophetic messengers of God’s peace, justice, love and mercy. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” God’s answer to a broken world was to send us the light of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we do not preach darkness. We do not teach revenge or despair. We do not resort to extremism. We do not teach xenophobia toward other religions and people. We are witnesses to the light of love.

For this reason, I ask all who have followed the star and have been touched by the love of the babe of Bethlehem to share the light of peace, justice, and equality with those living in darkness.

This year, we especially want to share the light with two communities:

Refugees, and the Christians of the Middle East.

First, we have seen how those who have felt the full weight of the darkness this year are the countless refugees fleeing their homes in search of safety, as the Holy Family did. Many countries are opening their borders, and many communities are opening their hearts and homes to give these families hope for the future. I give thanks for these acts of mercy and kindness, which are truly in the spirit of Christmas.

At the same time, some are afraid to share their bread with strangers, and today’s political rhetoric treats refugees only as numbers to be counted and threats to be contained. As a refugee myself, I call on leaders of all nations and all people to remember that these are human beings, made in the image of God. We must not allow these brothers and sisters to move from the darkness of oppression and killing to another darkness—the darkness of hatred, of exclusion, and of religious prejudice. We must not allow our fear to keep the light of hope, the light of peace, the light of gender justice and human rights, and the light of freedom of religion from shining on our refugee sisters and brothers. God calls us to embrace them with the warmth and light of Christ.

Secondly, today there are many who are worried for the future of Christianity in the Middle East. As always, I say that it is not enough to be worried or concerned or to generalize. Our Christian brothers and sisters in Syria, in Iraq, and in many other countries are suffering. They know only the darkness of injustice, persecution, and displacement. It is not enough to pray for their safety. They need safe and secure countries for their return home. They need laws to protect them and neighbors to respect them. They need to be empowered for justice. And they need a light to reveal the way.

Today, we Arab Christians living near the manger of Bethlehem are asking, “What does the world mean when they say they want to care for Christians in the Middle East? Do they see us having a role to play here today, or do they see us as museum objects?”

Many Christians in this place are suffering, and some are thinking that the only choice is to leave for another country. Many have already left. But we are seeing that there is no place which is safer than another. There is no country and no continent untouched by the darkness of violence and prejudice. Truly I tell you, we Christians have been in the vicinity of the manger for two thousand years, and we want to stay for another two thousand years.

For this reason, Arab Christianity has a vital role to play in these times. I especially call on Arab and Middle Eastern Christians to remember that God has called us to be here for a purpose. It is not a liability to be an Arab and Middle Eastern Christian. It is a privilege to be living witnesses to the light of Christ in the region where the light first came into the world.

We have the privilege and responsibility to share with the world what it looks like to live in peace with our Muslim and Jewish neighbors. In a time when the darkness of religious hatred seems to be growing, we can share the light of living together. We are called to be peace-builders, brokers of justice, and prophetic voices, even in the midst of suffering, persecution, occupation, and extremism. We are called to be a light in the darkness because we have experienced the light of love from the manger in Bethlehem. As it was written by the prophet Isaiah:

“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

More than two thousand years ago, the Prince of Peace was born in Bethlehem, reconciling us to God, and calling us to live in harmony with our neighbors of other religions, other languages, and other cultures. Today, we are still learning how to live in the light of that disturbing, world-changing event. If it was true then, why not now? And if it is possible here, then why not in Syria and Iraq? Why not in France and the United States? Why not in other parts of the world?

The Prince of Peace is born. Love has come, a light in the darkness. Therefore, Christmas is a time to be strong and steadfast, and to trust that even when the night seems the darkest, it cannot overcome the light of Our Lord Jesus. All that oppresses us cannot conquer us. Again, we rejoice in the Good News:

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

Even though we are living in dark times, I invite you, my brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, to find hope, peace and joy in the true meaning of Christmas this year. Let your celebrations be feasts not of consumerism, but of love for your neighbor. Let your prayers for peace become seeds of prophetic action. And wherever you are this Christmas, let your witness be a light shining in this present darkness, as the birth of the baby Jesus in Bethlehem brought light to the whole world. Let us commit ourselves to pray for each other, and pray that God will change the darkness of this stage in history by the power of the light of Christ.

I wish you

A Peaceful MERRY CHRISTMAS & A BLESSED NEW YEAR 2016 Full of Just Peace, Forgiveness and Reconciliation

 

United Against Inhuman Terrorists

United Against Inhuman Terrorists


Brothers and sisters,
Despite the "state of emergency" in France, forbidding any crowd gathering, tens of thousands of Parisians are gathering and uniting on the 6 sites of the bloodshed, and many others in all major cities gather in local landmarks. Thank you all for your support and your prayers. we will overcome
Col.Dr Marcel de PICCIOTTO
International Grand Commander V


Dear Your Excellency Grand Commander, Dear Brother Marcel.
NATO Grand Priory mourns the victimes of the terrorist crime in Paris and Prays for Them and their Families. A terrorist attack on France is an attack on us all, on our cultures and our free societies. We have together fought for our culture and our freedom before and we will continue to do so. Our solidarity with France will materialize in appropriate supportive actions. Vive la France.


Marcel and friends:
As I reflect on the tragedies of so many killed and more wounded so severely, I am reminded of Psalm 31:1-5: "In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame: deliver me in your righteousness. Incline your ear to me; make haste to deliver me. Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me. Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, ‎for You are my tower of strength. Into your hands I commend my spirit, for You have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth."

O Lord, we call to You; come to us quickly; hear our voices when we cry to You. Let our prayers be set before the Holy One Who hears our grief, hears our suffering, and Who surrounds us in the midst of His‎ loving care. Our eyes are a tuned to the loving care of those who surround the grieving, the wounded, the traumatized. May we reach out in loving care care to those in need. O Lord, guard the door that provides security. May our eyes be turned to You, O Lord God; in You we take refuge. Blessed are those who mourn; for they shall be comforted. Amen.


Dear Brother and Grand Commander Marcel,
I wish to send on to you the condolences of the American Baptist Churches , Chicago Metro Region. In addition I have been in touch with high levels of the Armenian Church and Armenian Cultural associations and they all wish to be included in this email to let you know personally that we stand with Paris and France in solidarity.

More than this we send to you from the deepest parts of our hearts the longing we share with you that the humans must remember we are meant to be noble. With you we call on all good humans to speak up and overcome evil.

We pray that all French people will know that as they are in pain so we too are in pain. We pray that God will give wisdom and courage , as never before, to our world leaders to make the right decisions . May you, dear Marcel, know that we are with you. May the French people feel the waves of compassion coming to them from people of goodwill around the World. Vive La France!

Dear Brother My heart is broken.


Dearest Grand Commander Marcel,
On behalf of all the Knights, Dames and Companions of the Grand Priory of the United States of America, we send you and your countrymen and women our deepest condolences and prayers in response to this terrible and senseless act of inhumanity. We share your concern that this a common threat and disease that should concern us all and against which all of us should unite. The time for effective action is upon us. We especially have you and all our Templar Brothers and Sisters, and your families, in France in our thoughts and prayers at this terrible time.


Dear brother Marcel,
Sorry for this horrendous attack. Please, read my statement in lutheranworld.org. Thank you for this encouraging letter. Thank God for the safety of our members is OSMTH France. This should only motivate us to continue our line of moderation and justice.
May God bless you.


Dear Brothers and Sisters
We have no words to express our sadness and our pain for this huge tragedy. Once again France has been attacked by evil…and once again a lot of innocents have been killed. This is something that affects us all. I and all Members of Grand Priory of Italy are close to our French Brothers and Sisters. You are not alone!

May the Love of God guide the victims souls towards the Great Light.

In brotherhood


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

Our prayers and thoughts are with the French people over the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. Our deepest condolencies to the families who lost their beloved and dear relatives and friends.

GP of Serbia


Dear Brother Marcel;
We, the OSMTH United Nations Delegation in New York, send to you, our Brothers and Sisters of the Order and the citizens of Paris, our deepest sympathy concerning the dasterdly and cowardly act of terrorism against the French Nation. Just know, we stand with you in this hour of suffering. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Dear GP France,
Dear Grand Commander,
On behalf of the Priory of The Netherlands sharing you a short message with our deepest sympathy, our heartfelt sorrow with prayers to all our Brothers and Sisters in France and all the people France regarding the attacks yesterday in Paris and those who are effected by this.

An attack on humanity we all have to united against terrorism and united for Peace.

Please accept our heartfelt sorrow.

I just had the latest update of the Dutch news NOS also 3 people from The Netherlands where probably injured in Paris.

Yours Sincerely,

On behalf of all members OSMTH Priory of the Netherlands,


Dear Brothers and Sisters of France and Our Order,
We feel sad to be confronted again with the stupidity of a group of extremists who doesn't care for normal people in this world. The Knights and Dames of the Grand Priory of Belgium are praying for all Brothers and Sisters of the Grand Priory of France and all France.

Think about the proverbe of Paris " Fluctuat Nec Mergitur " "It is storming , but we will not drown"

Keep strong and never be defeated.


Dear Brothers and Sisters of Grand Priory of France,
Me personally, as Greek and as Grand Prior of Grand Priory of Greece, as well as the whole Grand Priory of Greece, but also our country in general, we are shocked by the National tragedy that hit your country. It is unheard nowadays to mourn innocent victims in altar of fanaticism and paranoid attitude and culture of some people who, in the name of “their” God, sacrifice souls who belong to the one and only, common to all, God.

May this God of all of us, even if He is called “ Buda”, even if “God” or “Allah”, to give courage and power to the families of victims, in order for them to suffer the pain and loss of their men, to help your country recover and heal its wounds and to illuminate the brain of the “brainless” who spread fear and unhappiness.

For once more warm condolence and courage.


Dear Marcel,
As I stated to you by telephone last evening I happened to be in Washington DC Friday night at a diplomatic Reception at the Polish Embassy.

The senior diplomats and military attachés from the EU and US were of one voice—this was an act of war and we will stand at the side of France until victory. The Polish Ambassador was clear and moving in his statements that Poland and all democracies will stand side by side with France in this war. To an American this is a matter of honor; in 1917, 1941 and 2015 it is our honor to be with you. We will be there!

Forwarded as an American and with sincere respect.


Dear Brothers and Sisters
We have no words to express our sadness and our pain for this huge tragedy. Once again France has been attacked by evil…and once again a lot of innocents have been killed. This is something that affects us all. I and all Members of Grand Priory of Italy are close to our French Brothers and Sisters. You are not alone! May the Love of God guide the victims souls towards the Great Light.

In brotherhood


Today, 16/11/2015 at 19.00, at the entrance of French Embassy of Athens, took place laying of wreath of laurel flower by three members Committee, with Grand National Commander of Grand Priory of Greece, in charge, Dr Paul Tsolakian, Grand Treasurer, Brother Chev. Demitris Papakyriakopoulos and Grand Commander of South, Brother Chev. Ieronymos Kontonis, on behalf of Grand Council of Grand Priory of Greece of the Sovereign Chivalric Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, dedicated to the memory of the innocent French Brothers of ours that got victims of the terrorist action that took place on the 13th of November 2015 in the center of Paris.

“May their memory last forever”

Resolution Regarding Extraordinary Issues

WHEREAS, in October of 2015 the Grand Magistral Council of OSMTH, meeting in Cologne in Germany, has been petitioned by numerous organizational and international bodies to review three issues which pose grave threats to the Christian Faith, to the stability of both the Middle East and, in the near term, possibly major parts of Europe; and which, regrettably, bring back past practices of people against peoples of the most evil type; and

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Christians at Risk Press Release

p>The Grand Magistral Council of OSMTH has met in Cologne, Germany to discuss the plight of Christians at risk. The meeting heard heart-breaking and passionate presentations from member of OSMTH, Ms. Juliana Taimoorzy of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, who talked of the ongoing attacks on, and forced slavery of, minority Christians in the Middle East.

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IDC PRESSES LAWMAKERS TO PASS GENOCIDE RESOLUTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2015
Contact: Ninar Keyrouz
Tel: (202) 351 6195
Email: press@indefenseofchristians.org

IDC PRESSES LAWMAKERS TO PASS GENOCIDE RESOLUTION
Support Swells on Capitol Hill to Help Christians

Washington — Advocates from In Defense of Christians (IDC) were on Capitol Hill Thursday seeking support for a genocide resolution, meeting with over 250 Congressional offices in a single day.

“For the first time since ISIS the beleaguered Christians of Iraq from their homes and villages, they have hope that the U.S. government is prepared to act to help them,” said IDC Executive Director Kirsten Evans.

IDC urges Congress to bring the genocide resolution to a swift vote.

IDC also heard from twenty-five Members of Congress who spoke to IDC’s supporters gathered in Washington, D.C. for IDC’s inaugural National Leadership Convention to “mobilize America for the Christians of the Middle East.” Members commended IDC for its work and urged diaspora Middle East Christians and other Americans to support its work and initiatives.

More than 120 IDC state chapter leaders from across America, in an unprecedented show of unified political action on behalf of the Christians of the Middle East, pressed lawmakers to support Congressman Jeff Fortenberry’s (R-NE) genocide resolution, H. Con Res 75. The resolution decries the genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. IDC is a non-partisan organization committed to the protection and preservation of Christians in the Middle East.

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In Defense of Christians (IDC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to the preservation and protection of Christians in the Middle East.

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