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IRD: Where are the Christian Refugees from Syria?

November 17, 2015

“The U.S. government’s response has been woefully inadequate,” says IRD’s Faith McDonnell. “Neither helping these minorities defend themselves and stay, nor providing them asylum to leave.”

James L. McCullough

Church World Service Criticizes Governors over Syrian Refugees

November 16, 2015

Officials from a Mainline Protestant church agency are criticizing U.S. governors for declining to resettle Syrian refugees in their states.


Faith on Freedom: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (Part 2)

November 6, 2015

Sometimes the horrific news about the persecution of Christians around the world just shocks us, angers us, and leaves us paralyzed. We need to get into the habit of praying in response to that news. Hear more from Faith McDonnell in today’s video.


Happy International Religious Freedom Day! Hope There’ll Be Some Soon!

October 27, 2015

Individual religious liberty is an essential ingredient of democracy and justice. But concern for the religious liberty of our persecuted brothers and sisters must also be at the center of who we are and what we do as American Christians.

Presbyterian Pastor and IRD Board Member Mateen Elass.

Islam and Presidential Politics

September 24, 2015

IRD Board Member Mateen Elass blogs about the President siding with a “Muslim student of color” over against school and law enforcement authorities. Did he further drive a wedge of division into elements of our society with regard to race and Islam?

Religious Liberty Director Faith McDonnell speaking at the Prayer Vigil (Photo credit: Jeff Walton)

How Long Will You Waver?

September 23, 2015

Don’t let it be said that in this time, in this situation, for the persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East, we, the people, said NOTHING.

Vigil for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, Monday, September 21, 6:30 PM,

Standing for the Suffering Church: Vigil for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

September 21, 2015

Please let us show Christians and other religious minorities who are targeted by ISIS that brothers and sisters in the West, and in this case, right in the American nation’s capital, are standing with them and the honoring their faith.

Photo Credit: Peter Morgan

Darkness and Light at the Crossroads

September 11, 2015

If nothing else, 9/11 taught us that no one can prevent or escape the storms. But Jesus taught us that those who anchor on the rock of His word rather than the sands of this world will not be lost.

In this Monday Sept. 7, 2015 photo, a sand sculpture pays tribute to three year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, whose haunting image hammered home the Syrian migrant crisis to the world. He died along with 5-year-old brother and their mother when their small rubber boat capsized as it headed for Greece. (AP Photo)

Keeping the Human in Humanity

September 10, 2015

Where we see crowds, God sees individuals. Each has a name and a face, a history and a future, a family and a purpose.

Faith McDonnell with (left) Andrew Doran and (right) Ambassador David Saperstein at the Council on Foreign Relations (Photo credit: Lisa Policano Pearson)

Institute on Religion and Democracy at the Council on Foreign Relations

July 6, 2015

You can watch the entire discussion from my CFR event on the Council on Foreign Relation’s video, but here is more information about the Biblical heritage of Iraq than I had time to speak about at the event.

(Photo Credit: DC Clothesline)

Members of Congress Urge White House Assist Persecuted Christians

June 19, 2015

The plight of Christians and other religious minorities being persecuted by violence has touched people around the globe, and particularly brought conviction to fellow Christians who feel helpless in the face of such evil.

ISIS murderers and Ethiopian Christian martyrs. (Photo credit:

A Rough Ninety-Six Hours in Libya: Observations on the Attempts to Destroy Christianity in Africa

April 20, 2015

The news originating from Libya over the last 4 days seems to be such that when one thinks it cannot possibly get worse, the next item in the news cycle is more horrific than the one before.