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Commitment 4 Life

Working for global justice and wellbeing

‘I will show you my faith by what I do’ - James 2:18

AUC has a long and continuing focus on global peace and justice issues. Many members have taken part in campaigns such as Drop the Debt, Make Poverty History, Trade Justice, anti-Trident and anti-war in Iraq; we continue to be involved in such movements.  We are also affiliated to 'Amnesty International', and aim to offer regular letter writing opportunities after worship.

Iraq & Christian Aid

The UN estimates that more than 200,000 people have fled from the town of Sinjar. 

Thousands of Yazidis (members of one of Iraq’s oldest religious minorities) remain trapped in the mountains with no access to food or water.

As many as 100,000 Christians have fled their homes as fears of an IS advance grow.

Janet Symes, Head of Middle East at Christian Aid, said:

  • ‘The situation across parts of Iraq and the plight of persecuted minorities is horrific.'

'The magnitude at which Islamic State militants are operating is absolutely terrifying and we deplore their actions in the deliberate targeting of civilians.

'We are appealing for the protection of all people, including persecuted religious minorities such as the Yazidis and Christians – hundreds of thousands of whom have fled in fear of their lives.

'What is happening in Iraq is beyond comprehension.

‘We call for an urgent humanitarian response and join the World Council of Churches appeal to the United Nations "to ensure the rights, dignity and physical survival of the diverse peoples of Iraq and its neighbours."'

AUC is committed to supporting CA's work in Iraq and elsewhere through our prayer action and giving.

 

Commitment for Life

In 1992 the United Reformed Church (URC) launched Commitment for Life (CforL), a scheme raising money for key partners in the developing world through Christian Aid and the World Development Movement.  

2012 was the 20th anniversary of CforL. Today more than 600 United Reformed Churches are CforL churches, and between them they have raised over half a million pounds each year for the past several years.  This means that the URC is Christian Aid’s biggest denominational giver.The current partner countries are BangladeshIsrael and the Occupied Palestinian TerritoriesJamaica and Zimbabwe, and there are more than 25 advocates across the country going out and telling people what we are fighting for. To read more visit www.cforl.org.uk.