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May 18, 2011

Sudan's Churches Prepare for Two States, Affirm "Unity in Jesus Christ"

[ACNS Staff] As Sudan waits for the birth of two nation states following its referendum, Sudan’s Christians have issued a strong statement of solidarity and unity. Leaders of ten Christian traditions in the country have signed their name to the communiqué recently issued following the General Assembly of the Sudan Council of Churches.


In an effort to reinforce that the creating of two countries will not divide the Christian community there the communiqué issued by the SCC states:


“With the prospects of two nations emerging from the old Sudan, we affirm our unity as the Church of Jesus Christ, both in the North and in the South. Being one body of Christ, we are one people and we are indivisible. We have one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. Our divine mandate exceeds geographical and political boundaries.”


The statement also calls for freedom of worship, movement, expression and residence in the two states and requests that the government of South Sudan ensure the security and the protection of the civil population caught in the crossfire between the militias and the government forces.

The full communiqué can be read at