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Kinnamon sends messages of
New York, January 8, 2008 – The new general secretary of the National Council of Churches USA has sent messages to church councils in Pakistan and Kenya to assure them American churches are praying for them, and to identify ways the NCC can support the churches in these violence-torn nations.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon sent messages to Mr. Victor Azariah, executive secretary of the National Council of Churches of Pakistan (NCCP), and to the Rev. Dr. H. Mvume Dandala, general secretary of the All Africa Council of Churches, which is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
"The National Council of Churches USA wishes to support the churches" in each country "in ways that will benefit the churches and advance the cause of justice and peace," Kinnamon said in letters to the church leaders. "In order that our response be as effective as possible, we will welcome any comments and suggestions you can share."
In his letter to Mr. Azariah, Kinnamon wrote, "Our prayers have been particularly earnest since the brutal assassination in Rawalpindi of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and subsequent violence in various parts of the country."
The violence in Kenya followed a bitterly contested election, and Kinnamon wrote to Dr. Dandala that "it has been agonizing to watch ethnic violence erupt, claiming hundreds of lives and forcing thousands from their homes."
"The U.S. National Council of Churches condemns violence as a repudiation of God's love and grace," Kinnamon wrote, "and we know this view is held by the vast majority of Christians" and persons of other faiths in Pakistan and Kenya.
The full text of Kinnamon's letters follows:
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