Members of the Christian and Religious Community
Officials and Members of the Government
Members of the International Community
Members of the Press
The peace loving people of Liberia
We extend our thanks to the Almighty God for His preference to serve our people as Officers of the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) for a two-year-term, 2012-2014. We call on Him to continue to shower us with his countless blessings and wisdom to fulfill our call to leadership.
We also want to commend all members of the Liberian Council of Churches and its ecumenical partners for the level of sacrificial work and devotion for the cause of humanity and the election of the new code of officers of the Council. We also want to recognize the generous reception and expectation of the public for whom we strive to serve.
We pledge our total cooperation to all stakeholders including the Government of Liberia, UNMIL, friendly countries, civil society organizations, our ecumenical partners, the general Christian community and the people of Liberia. We especially want to laud the Government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the level of recovery achieved so far in post-civil-war Liberia. Judging from where we were about ten (10) years ago i.e. civil servants salaries, restoration of some basic social services, etc, the Liberian Council of Churches strongly recognizes the interventional efforts of Government and calls on all Liberians to lend their hand of cooperation for the common good of our nation.
However, the Liberian Council of Churches attention has been drawn to the following issues confronting the nation and therefore calls on the Government to prioritize same in the supreme interest of peace and progress in our nation:
1. Prioritize the reconciliation process in healing the nation
2. While we agree that there are some economic constraints on government, we call on the Government of Liberia to prioritize the welfare and productivity of the civil servants. This also is a part of the peace and reconciliation process.
3. Investigate the deaths of the Maritime staffs through the appointment of a special committee. This report should be made public and appropriate measures taken
4. To probe the Danish journalist saga through an independent body to bring clarity and equity to the issues and persons accused.
5. Prioritize the search
for peace in neighbouring Ivory Coast
6. Address the increasingly acrimonious governance atmosphere with the aim of reducing unnecessary tension amongst and between Officials of Government that takes away from the recovery and development focus of the country
7. Calls on all Liberians to discourage the legalization of same-sex marriage or the decriminalization of sodomy in the country as it is un-biblical, un-African and a curse. Similarly, the Council calls on the Honorable House of Representatives to concur with the Honorable House of Senate in passing the anti-same sex marriage bill under the proposed revision of the Liberia Domestic Relations Law.
Once again, we are strongly cognizant of our responsibilities as a Council to the Nation recapturing our past experiences and acknowledge the generous reception and the expectations of the p
ublic of the LCC. We therefore want to affirm our commitment to strengthening the cooperation with all stakeholders including Government of Liberia, UNMIL, Friendly States and Governments, other Civil Society actors, Ecumenical Partners, the general church community and the general populace. The Liberian Council of Churches assures the Liberian people of its total cooperation and commitment to peace and reconciliation in our nation.
May God bless and guide our Country and its Leaders!