Bishop Wandabula joins call for South Sudan ceasefire

East Africa Area Bishop Daniel Wandabula appears before the Judicial Council on Oct. 25, 2012 in Elk Grove Village, Ill. The denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration advises withholding funds from his area until its complaint against the bishop is resolved.
East Africa Area Bishop Daniel Wandabula appears before the Judicial Council on Oct. 25, 2012 in Elk Grove Village, Ill. The denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration advises withholding funds from his area until its complaint against the bishop is resolved.

United Methodist Bishop Daniel Wandabula has joined world leaders in calling for a ceasefire in Africa’s youngest nation, South Sudan, where violence has claimed at least 1,000 lives.

Wandabula, who leads the East Africa Episcopal Area, used his Christmas prayers to ask the former vice president of South Sudan, Riek Machar, and the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, to seek peaceful means to save South Sudan from breaking into civil war.

In a statement on Christmas Day, the bishop appealed to fighting groups in South Sudan to lay down weapons and engage in dialogue.

“I ask Christians to pray for South Sudan so that Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, enables talks within the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to close the rift between President Salva Kiir and the splinter group of Dr. Machar, South Sudan’s former vice president,” he said.

Thomas Kemper, who leads the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries,said Dec. 20, “It is imperativethat all who have voice and power in the country make every effort to find a peaceful resolution and to avoid a political, economic, and humanitarian crisis. Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters in South Sudan, our world’s newest nation.”

CNN reported Dec. 27 that an intergovernmental group of East Africa leadershad given the warring factions in South Sudan four days to end the fighting or they would take action.

Agence France Pressereported Dec. 28 that the government had agreed to a ceasefireas the United Nations moved additional troops into the area. But,USA Today reports indicated forces opposed to the government were mobilizingfor another battle.

Al Jazeera reported Dec. 28 that China also has urged an immediate ceasefireand deplored the deteriorating conditions in the two-year-old nation.

News media contact: Maggie Hillery, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

Latest News

Theology and Education
Colette Ndobe  Photo by Ndobe Ebeneza Mosima.

Commentary: The power of pencils in Cameroon

United Methodist Women in Cameroon reach out to rural school students with much-needed school supplies as part of the One Child, One Pencil Project.
Melissa Lauber. Photo by Alison Burdett, Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Commentary: Disciple-making requires truth-telling

A longtime church communicator expresses concern about the willingness of many church leaders to avoid truth-telling.
Theology and Education
The Rev. Mark W. Stamm is professor of Christian Worship at Perkins School of Theology.

Commentary: Baptism brings us into God’s church, relationship with others

Scripture and our ritual text insist that God is at work in baptism, placing us in the midst of the church where we practice the means of grace.

Sign up for our newsletter!

SUBSCRIBE