Metropolitan participates in Prayer Vigil on Capitol Hill

His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan represented the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, and was part of a diverse delegation of faith leaders who met with U.S. Senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

On October 1, 2015, a bipartisan group of senators introduced S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015. This is the most comprehensive criminal justice reform bill in more than 30 years. If passed, the law would reduce some mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, curb recidivism and provide mechanisms for prison reform. The bill is a first step in the right direction to address the mass incarceration crisis in the United States.

His Grace, along with other faith community leaders, have been an active, and an effective voice on Capitol Hill getting criminal justice legislation to this point. The hope of today's meetings was to offer the presence and voice of national faith leaders who will make a difference. A moral and prophetic voice is needed to “set the captives free.”

The National Council of Churches, in partnership with the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition (ICJC), and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) joined together in conducting a press conference and a prayer vigil followed by advocacy meetings today morning.

His Grace offered his comments on our Church's role in social justice in the United States: "The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church was once considered an immigrant faith community of this great nation. Today, this is not the case. We have devoted members of our Church who are actively part of every facet of the greater American society. We are a faith community that continues to grow day by day. It is integral that the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church fulfill its prophetic role in the society we live in, whether it be in America or Canada."

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is actively part of the National Council of Churches , of which His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos serves as a member of the governing board.

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