USA flag in Manhattan, New York, 2017.

“The divisive populist politics of recent years have unleashed forces that threaten the foundations of democracy in the United States and—to the extent that it represents an example to other countries—in the wider world,” said Sauca. “Accordingly, these developments have implications far beyond domestic American politics and are of serious international concern.”

The WCC urged those responsible for today’s violence to desist and to return to civil discourse and established democratic processes, calling on all parties to resist short-term political interests and to act in a manner responsible to others and accountable to the wider society.

“We pray that the churches of America be empowered with wisdom and strength to provide leadership through this crisis, and on the path of peace, reconciliation, and justice,” said Sauca.

Read the full statement by the WCC interim general secretary

WCC member churches in the US