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World Mission update
11 March 2020
Coronavirus: Faith beyond Fear
With the continuing spread of the Coronavirus worldwide, as we think of ourselves, families, churches and communities, we are thankful for the work of partners in other parts of the world who continue to support their community, including the Amity Foundation. We are also aware of areas of the world including Italy, and Israel and Palestine where measures have been put in place to stop movement of people. We particularly think of our partner churches and organisations in these areas, including our Mission Partners, the McCullough family in Bethlehem, Kate McDonald in Tiberius, and Fiona Kendall in Italy, who are affected by the quarantine rules. Please remember them in your prayers at this time.

We have also received a letter from the Waldensian Church in Italy which can be found here. They remind us that going to church is an integral part of our faith and even when it is portrayed as a place of fear and contagion, the church leaders are still there to support and encourage their parishioners by other means – telephone, social media, and more.
Read more about our Mission Partners
WCC urges churches to join Thursdays in Black Campaign
On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2020 World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said in a comment released,

“Gender justice must be the agenda of men as well as women. The WCC as a fellowship has a shared commitment to be a community of women and men, rested equally in the image of God, and we seek for the benefit of all a just fellowship of women and men.
 
WCC deputy general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri also said,

“I see a strong call to the churches and to the WCC as a whole, but also the wider ecumenical movement, as we relaunch the Thursdays in Black campaign. It has to do with care for justice, peace and the unity of humankind at its most critical and intimate point: in domestic life and among near relations, as well as in religious communities.

The need for gender justice has its most urgent and obvious reasons here. A family, community and society where there is no justice or proper care to prevent such violence is no good for anybody, not for women, men or children.”
Read the full comment
Sheltering, caring, training.
The Church of Scotland's Asia Secretary Sandy Sneddon has written a blog post about his recent visit to Sri Lanka which highlights the work of the Women’s Development Centre (WDC) in Kandy. The shelter, one of only three such homes in the country, currently provides accommodation for 53 young women and girls. Most are under 16 and are rejected by their families and communities.

The blog is the first in a series of short blog posts documenting Sandy's trip.
Read Sandy's blog
Calendar of upcoming events
14 March - Sanctuary in Scotland Conference
15 March - Vigil for Syria
21 March onwards - Scottish Fair Trade Forum regional events
28 March - Violence Against Women conference
1-3 May - African-style Prayer Event
5-9 June - Christ at the Checkpoint Conference 2020:  Registration now open
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