“You do not know us, we do not know you, but you fight for our liberation. What Amnesty International does, even our relatives did not. We will be forever grateful to you for that. You give us the strength to continue day after day and not to give up. It’s not easy but we’re holding on. May God bless you and continue to assist you in all that you do.” From Prisoner of Conscience, Azah Levis Gob.
These words reflect the immense impact that letter writing has on behalf of prisoners of conscience. Our Social Ministry Committee is sponsoring an opportunity for members of the congregation to write letters on behalf of and personally to prisoners of conscience. Who are these people? A prisoner of conscience is anyone who is imprisoned or persecuted for the nonviolent expression of injustice. JESUS was surely a prisoner of conscience.
We gathered for letter writing before worship on November 26 and have packets available at church for you to take home to complete and return by December 17 for an Offering of Letters, or to mail them on your own.
As people of God, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to be a voice for those who have no voice by writing letters to let the oppressed go free. Over 4.7 million letters and online actions allowed 4 prisoners of conscience to be released (of the 10 that we wrote in support of during the 2016 Writing Campaign.) For others, conditions were improved, and others found inspiration in the overwhelming support that they received.
Please join us in during the Advent time of waiting by speaking out on behalf of others. Thank you. Please contact Wendy Manganiello or the church office if you have any questions.