Published on March 04, 2022

We pray for Ukraine

Solidarity with Ukraine

As the devastation of war engulfs Ukraine and the dark prospect of nuclear weaponry has once again been introduced into the global dialogue, our emotional response is difficult to put into words.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions affect all of us. The Ukrainian and Russian populations within our community are worried for their extended families and friends who may be experiencing displacement and loss. Others in our community are concerned at the possibility of being deployed due to their diplomatic or military roles. All of us may be wondering how this war may impact our safety, our shared environment and our economy.

We recognize that democracy is under attack by Putin’s actions as he ruthlessly pursues his expansionist goals. His aggression is in direct opposition to democracy and to the values that we hold personally and as a society: that every life has ultimate value and that each person has the right to human freedom. What we see happening to the people of Ukraine is a moral offense, and we cannot be silent about it.

In 1947, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise.” All of us, to one degree or another, have known frustration and disappointment in our democracy, and we recognize that our democracy has not completely fulfilled its promise in achieving equitable rights to life, liberty and happiness. But Churchill continued his defense of the efforts necessary to protect democracy – governments in which the people, and not just one person, shape their destiny. Churchill said, “Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

Despite acknowledging its potential weaknesses, Churchill affirmed democracy as the form of government with the best opportunity to protect the rights of every person, to give energy and life to human development, and to prioritize the sacred nature of humanity itself.

These are principles that we are deeply familiar with. Respect for the infinite worth of every individual is the leading value for our work at Adventist HealthCare – which now extends specifically to all those impacted by this war. We hold dear those on our team who have Ukrainian roots. We hold up in prayer those families who are in harm’s way in both Ukraine and Russia. Our hearts are with those who have family members serving in the U.S. military or the diplomatic core. And in the midst of the uncertainties both stressful and difficult, we oppose this war and reaffirm that human freedom must always be respected and defended.

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