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Round up of Prophetic Church Actions in 2017
Actions by the United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, Mennonite Church USA, United Methodist annual conferences, and The World Communion of Reformed Churches. See the news
Round up on Anti-BDS Legislation
Current legislation in Congress, church groups’ action alerts and statements, the constitutional issues, news reports and commentary. See the round up
The “Colors from Palestine” 2018 Calendar is available
From Resistance Art – August 17, 2017
The 2018 wall calendar is a tribute to Palestine’s national poet Mahmoud Darwish on the 10th anniversary of his death (August 2008). The calendar includes 12 Palestinian works of art and a collection of Darwish’s poems. To view and buy the calendar on line (US$27), please visit https://resistanceart.com/gallery/Special discounts available for bulk orders and groups; please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Resistance Art is an initiative dedicated to celebrate the diversity and richness of Palestinian art and culture. It was founded in 2003, and is located in Toronto, Canada. Learn more about their work
Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem says “Enough is enough!”
From WCC/Oikoumene.org – August 17, 2018
An Israeli district court has found against the Greek Patriarchy in a disputed sale of Palestinian real estate to the Israeli organization Ateret Cohanim. which the Patriarch says was conducted without due authority, in bad faith, using conspiracy and bribery. Read more
Pin On the Go: Remember Gaza!
From EPF Palestine Israel Network – August 17, 2017 EPF PIN mourns the passing of our first convener Cotton Fite on 15 August 2017. We extend our love and condolences to his widow Diane and to his family. • The Sabeel Wave of Prayer this week features Gaza(see it on this page on the right).
• The Episcopal Church has established policy on Gaza over the years through actions of Executive Council. See statements and calls to action from 2006, 2010 and 2014.
• Philip Farah’s recent article in the Huff Post calls on the churches to take a courageous stand for Gaza.
• Find writings from Gaza in We Are Not Numbers.
• Take action with AFSC’s campaign: Gaza Unlocked. Read this newsletter
From IPMN – August 15, 2017
The Israel Palestine Mission Network stands in solidarity with those who stood up against racism and violent intent in Charlottesville this past week, and denounces the violence that took place. Many in our ranks have stood in the face of violence that erupted during peaceful demonstrations in Palestine, at Black Lives Matter events, and at Standing Rock. We know both activists and clergy who chose to make a witness in Charlottesville this past weekend against the evil of neo-nazi and white supremacist philosophy and behavior. Read the full statement
An Assembly Line of Injustice, The Israeli Military Court System
From Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) – August 15, 2017
We arrived at Ofer Prison in the morning of late June. Ofer Prison is accompanied by a nearby interrogation center and military courts; together they function as an assembly line to put young Palestinians living in the West Bank behind bars as quickly as possible. With the help of an organization named Military Court Watch (info below), we were admitted inside to see the proceedings of the military court system in the West Bank. Read the blog
Reflections of a United Methodist Missionary
July 31, 2017 – Janet Lahr Lewis reflects on 20 years serving in Israel and Palestine, changes she saw happen to Bethlehem, living with closure, curfew, checkpoints and more. Read the story
WCC Global Week of Action: WWPPI 2017
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting people across the world to unite in peaceful actions to create a common international public witness for just peace in Palestine and Israel.During the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel from 17-24 September, the International Day of Prayer for Peace will be observed, on Thur. 21 September. Read the announcement Get resources for WWPPI
Open letter from Palestinian Christians to the World Council of Churches
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. (Isa. 1:17) Excerpts of the letter:
“We need your costly solidarity. We need brave women and men who are willing to stand in the forefront. This is no time for shallow diplomacy Christians. We urge you to hear our call….
“Things are beyond urgent. We are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse. The current status-quo is unsustainable. This could be our last chance to achieve a just peace. As a Palestinian Christian community, this could be our last opportunity to save the Christian presence in this land….” Read the letterTake action with FOSNA: Sign the statement of support
JAI Olive Picking Program 2017
Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI)
October 14-23, 2017
An international solidarity and protective presence with the Palestinians who suffer from land confiscation, settlements, the apartheid wall and more. Program includes olive picking, guided tours in various cities, and presentations about life under occupation in Palestine. Learn more
IFPB Olive Harvest Delegation to Palestine/Israel
October 28 – November 10, 2017
Visit Palestine during the olive harvest season — a culturally rich and important time. Delegation led by experienced activists Rae Abileah and Raed Jarrar, as well as local guides and hosts. Hear from farmers and learn of the importance of agriculture to the economy and culture. Learn about threats to the environment, the exploitation of natural resources, and the struggle of Palestinian communities to maintain access to land and water.
You will also meet additional Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice and visit many important historical sites. Learn about partial scholarships that are available
Only a few spots still open! Learn more about this trip
Sabeel’s Fall Witness Trip 2017
Christian Zionism and Colonialism – A Response from Palestinian Christians November 1 – 9, 2017Led by Rev. Naim Ateek, co-founder of Sabeel
Meet with Palestinian Christians and Muslims, Jewish Israelis, and internationals: partner with Sabeel in nonviolent resistance. Experience the reality of Palestinian life in today’s Holy Land: the Wall, settlements, checkpoints, demolished homes, refugee camps, and more. Learn more
Our forums provide a protected space to ask questions, share ideas and resources, and support one another’s work for a just peace in the Holy Land. A password is required to participate; click any one of these forums below and you will see how to request a password on the next page.
Every week, Christians around the world join in prayer with Palestinian Christians, through the Wave of Prayer from Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center. Below are recent prayers and news bytes from Sabeel. Click on any item, to see it at Sabeel’s website.
World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2017 (WWPPI)
World Council of Churches September 17-24, 2017 • Worldwide The WCC invites people across the world to unite in peaceful actions to create a common international public witness for just peace in Palestine and Israel. During this week, on Thur. Sept. 21st, the International Day of Prayer for Peace will be observed. Get details and resources; participate in WWPPI
Choose Hope Advocacy Summit 2017
Be Educated. Lead Advocacy.
November 12-14, 2017
Provides a holistic space for millennials – including, college, seminary and graduate students as well as young professionals- who wish to engage in a national campaign for peace and justice in the Holy Land. From Millennial Voices for Peace (MVP) and Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Learn more
Learn & work with others: Discover organizations in your denomination, find groups near you, and see the global Church movement for justice in the Holy Land.