“It is with special joy and abiding friendship that, on behalf of the full membership of the World Council of Churches around the world, I send our greetings to and prayers for you, Jewish people, groups and communities everywhere, at this time of Passover,” wrote Sauca. "Passover is a season of celebration, liberation, and renewed dedication.”
Sauca reflected on the Passover story of God’s deliverance of the Hebrew people from their captors in Egypt. “May all Jewish generations learn the story of their freedom, and may God continue to liberate our minds and hearts from all contemporary forms of slavery and bondage,” Sauca wrote. “And in the story God’s sustaining presence through years of trials and desert wandering, we celebrate the faithfulness of God and God’s people in history, forming a people eager to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.”
Sauca added that he especially cherishes the WCC’s solidarity with Jewish groups and communities to address COVID inequities, to dialogue on ways to secure peace and security in the Holy Land, and to share the Bridge Builders Award for interreligious efforts and peacemaking. “In the coming years, may our friendship and solidarity grow and issue in deeds that bring God’s justice and peace to the whole human community and to our planetary home in God’s creation!” the letter concludes.