Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Isaiah 58 is a group of concerned ELCA Lutherans who support justice for those living under military occupation in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza. We urge the ELCA to take a more active role in assisting our neighbors in need in this part of the world, and listen more closely to our Lutheran sisters and brothers who live and minister there.
Our group takes its inspiration from a Bible passage, Isaiah 58, which speaks about the consistency between religious belief and human action. Without actively seeking justice, our religious practices are rendered void.
(Photo, right: August 2014–By an overwhelming majority, ELCA adopts human-rights investment screen that includes companies profiting from Israeli occupation)
We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. We do God’s work in the world — restoring and reconciling communities. The ELCA is working for justice and peace in Palestine and Israel through our campaign, Peace Not Walls. Through accompaniment, advocacy and awareness-raising, Peace Not Walls connects ELCA members to our companions and promotes dignity, full respect for human rights, healing and reconciliation. With our Palestinian Lutheran companions, we also accompany Palestinians and Israelis, Jews, Christians and Muslims working together for peace with justice.
Our church’s primary companion church in the Holy Land is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL). This Arabic-speaking community of faithful Lutherans is the primary relationship through which the ELCA sees the situation in Palestine and Israel. Together, our churches are members of The Lutheran World Federation, a global communion that has a vital Jerusalem-area program that has been running projects related to health, education and humanitarian aid in the occupied Palestinian territories for over 65 years.
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