News Updates

A Letter to President Trump

On April 10, the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness joined other faith-based organizations in sending a letter to President Trump on Syria. The letters begins, As faith-based denominations and organizations, some of whom are engaged in providing humanitarian assistance for displaced Syrians and supporting peace-building efforts within Syria, we are writing in support of your decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. We urge you to take steps toward a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops, while addressing the root causes of insecurity in the region, engaging robustly in diplomatic negotiations, and providing humanitarian and reconstruction assistance.

Read the entire letter.

NESSL Secretary General Chosen as New President of Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon

In January Rev. Joseph Kassab, Secretary General of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL), was appointed as new President of the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Churches in Syria and Lebanon. Blessings to Rev. Kassab in this new responsibility. The Supreme Council was founded in December 1937 to represent all the Evangelical communities — 17 denominations — in Syria and Lebanon.

“Evangelical community has been and will remain faithful to its heritage and identity to be open to all human beings, serving them in various ways: spiritual, intellectual, cultural, educational, and social. These services are provided to all without distinction between race, religion, sex or language. This is our identity and this is our history .” — Rev. Habib Badr, member of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Council

Read more about the Supreme Council.

Please note:  There are a number of perspectives on the current crisis in Syria and Lebanon. The US media tend to offer one perspective that is not shared by our partners. On this page are some news articles that provide a broader perspective of what is happening in the two countries, by those who have some experience in the region. We encourage all our followers to take in what views are offered and to think critically, pray, and share with one another, that we might clarify the truth in any matter.