The South Sudan Interfaith Prayer for Peace

"Blessed are the peacemakers they shall be called children of God"

Matthew 5:9

The participants of the South Sudan Justice and Peace Consortium organized the first great South Sudan Interfaith Prayer for Peace, celebrating the seventh year of South Sudanese Independence and the commitment of all communities and congregations to find a peaceful common ground. In a rare joint celebration, the same prayer for justice and peace was shared by Catholics, Anglicans, Muslims, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Baptists, by members of the African Inland Church, the Miye Congregation Namirembe, the Muru Congregation and the Makerere Fellowship group.

Praying for peace, unity and forgiveness, we prayed for the victims of war, the widows and orphans, the refugees and the communities and countries hosting them, the helpers of those in need and for the leaders that could make the peace we all desperately desire.

Apart from cultural festivities, choirs and dance groups, a number of workshops reflected on the challenges and opportunities for sustainable peace in South Sudan in light of the recent peace agreement. A number of speakers from the civil society organizations, including the Jupec members, gave hope to the attendants that peace can be built if the communities reach out to each other as they did that day.