Support to Member Churches at Belarus Border
The European Methodist Council offers support to its memeber churches in countries that border Belarus.
The highest Synodal Assembly of the United Methodist Church in Poland has released a statement appealing to Christians and other people of good will to provide help for those in need on the Polish Belarusian Border, stating that as Christians and Polish citizens, “we cannot remain silent when we see how a part of our country has become a place of humanitarian crisis affecting men, women and children, and among them also the sick and traumatized.”
They call on “members and sympathizers as well as all people of good will to engage in initiatives to support the victims of the humanitarian crisis on the Polish borders and to pray for those whose duty it is to ensure security and peace in our homeland.”
Read the full statement here: Polish | English
As members of the European Methodist Council, we offer our full support to the United Methodist Church in Poland for the release of this statement and for their call to prayer and action. Additionally, we support our church members in the countries bordering Belarus - Poland, Latvia and Lithuania - as they seek to help those who have been impacted by this crisis.
We invite Methodist, Wesleyan and United Churches in Europe to join with our member churches in Poland, Latvia and Lithuania in prayer. We ask the governments in the countries bordering Belarus to give access to the Red Cross to provide support for victims. We appeal to the European Union to make every effort to solve this situation.
The European Methodist Council
19th November 2021
Appeal of the UnitedMethodist Church in Poland regarding the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border
Acting under the authority of the Annual Conference of the UnitedMethodist Church in Poland, meeting in Warsaw on October 28-31, 2021, on the issue of taking a stand on the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border and the area under the state of emergency, as the executive body of our highest synodal assembly, we appeal to our fellow believers, as well as to all people of good will, to persevere in common prayer for overcoming the current crisis and, if necessary, in the spirit of the teachings of our Master - Jesus Christ, to provide necessary assistance to those in need.
As Christians and citizens of the Republic of Poland, we are far from entering into the competencies of state bodies responsible for the protection of the Polish population and our borders. However, we feel responsible for the common good, which is our homeland and the whole world, therefore we cannot remain silent when we see how a part of our country has become a place of humanitarian crisis affecting men, women and children, and among them also the sick and traumatized.
According to the social teaching of our Church, as expressed in the Social Principles, we consider all people to be members of God's family. Therefore, as Christians for whom the Word of God is the guideline for life, we cannot turn our backs on people in need of help.
The United-Methodist Church in Poland, faithful to the Gospel and to the brotherly love between people that flows from it, asks its members and sympathizers as well as all people of good will to engage in initiatives to support the victims of the humanitarian crisis on the Polish borders and to pray for those whose duty it is to ensure security and peace in our homeland.
Warsaw, November 17, 2021
Council of the United-Methodist Church
in the Republic of Poland
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator from the Polish original with edits by the European Methodist Council