Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through nonviolent advocacy and education. Sabeel is an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians, who seek a just peace as defined by international law and existing United Nations resolutions. [See more about Sabeel here at the FOSNA website]
FOSNA supports Kairos Palestine to end Palestinian suffering.
FOSNA calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of the state of Palestine, in accordance with international law and United Nations resolutions.
FOSNA seeks equal rights and access to resources for all inhabitants of the region, based on principles of social, economic, environmental, and political justice.
FOSNA supports the right of return for refugees in accordance with international law and human rights.
FOSNA demands an end to policies of the U.S. government that support and perpetuate the occupation.
FOSNA is active in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.
FOSNA works in the United States and Canada cultivating the support of churches through co-sponsored regional conferences, advocacy, alternative pilgrimages, witness trips, and international gatherings in the Holy Land.
FOSNA Clergy Council
Have you been targeted or intimidated for your Palestine justice work? You are one of many! Our FOSNA Clergy Council can help. We can amplify your courage, stop the harassment, and strengthen your work.
For many of us in FOSNA, our commitment to advance justice and peace in Palestine and Israel (where the forces of ethnic domination and colonialism are causing tragic suffering) is based in our Christian faith and the model set forth by Jesus and the Hebrew prophets. We believe that we have an ethical responsibility to stand with the poor and oppressed in the Holy Land as we pursue justice for all through nonviolent resistance. This is not only our right under the law but our Christian, ethical responsibility.
FOSNA’s newly organized Clergy Council stands in this tradition and is now available to offer wise counsel, spiritual support, and a variety of practical resources for those experiencing intimidation. As we pray and work for justice in Palestine and Israel, we are also part of a growing global movement adopting positions and nonviolent strategies, such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which trigger opposition. If you, your church, or organization are facing targeted intimidation or bullying behavior, we offer support and various resources through our FOSNA Clergy Council.
Learn more: FOSNA Clergy Council”s Mission Statement and Resources (PDF, 2pp)
See the members of the Clergy Council and contact them for support
Kairos is a Greek term for “favorable time” or “decisive epoch.” Kairos USA is a movement of U.S. Christians representing the body of Christ in all its diversity who believe the time is right for decisive action to end the crisis in Israel and Palestine. We work to unify and mobilize American Christians – lay, academic and clergy – to take a prophetic stance for a just peace. In so doing we heed the call of our Palestinian Christian sisters and brothers, who have called us to stand with them in their struggle for freedom.
• Kairos USA is dedicated to education, advocacy and theology that takes seriously Jesus’s call for love, forgiveness, justice and peace. The movement provides a home for U.S. Christians seeking to move and act within their institutional contexts as well as beyond institutional limitations to take a bold, prophetic stand against the unjust policies that oppress Palestinians and sicken Israeli society.
• Kairos USA aims to reach across entrenched divides in American Christianity––black/white, mainstream/evangelical, conservative/liberal––to stand in solidarity with Palestine Christians as they resist the Israeli occupation of their native land.
• Kairos USA is inspired by the contemporary prophetic movements of Christians in Palestine, southern Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as the civil rights movement in this country and the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. It seeks to cooperate and partner with other justice advocacy organizations.
Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP)
PCAP is a non-sectarian, ecumenical alliance of Palestinian American Christians that seeks to provide a clear voice and presence in faith-based communities in the United States. Our inspiration stems from the Kairos Palestine document and from all faith-based communities working for peace through justice in Palestine and Israel. We believe that achieving peace requires ensuring justice and human rights for Palestinians. American churches, church bodies, and church-based organizations can and ought to play a leading role in advocating for a just peace among all people in the region.
PCAP has five overarching goals that direct our work to assist and collaborate with American churches, church bodies, and church-based organizations. We are providing them with a more balanced understanding of the realities of the situation in Palestine and Israel, thereby positively influencing their attitudes and actions toward this multi-layered situation. These goals are:
- Creating awareness of the dispossession and oppression of Palestinians.
- Providing speakers, literature, materials, and other resources.
- Recruiting and energizing Palestinian Americans and their organizations in the work of peace through justice.
- Advocating for providing moral support and humanitarian assistance in partnership with Palestinian communities.
- Supporting boycott, divestment, and sanctions initiatives.
Tree of Life Educational Fund
The Tree of Life Educational Fund (TOLEF), a non-profit corporation, was established by The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme to provide cross-cultural and transnational travel experiences, interfaith conferences and educational opportunities to help participants to become more enlightened and more engaged in making this a more just and peaceful world in which to live.
The Tree of Life is a Sacred Symbol for many cultures. It reminds us that all of creation is deeply interrelated and interconnected. World peace and harmony depend on our realization of this truth. It is a reminder that we do not live in an “an orchard” separate from one another, but all spiritual traditions are branches on the same tree — The Tree of Life — each drawing nourishment from the goodness of God’s Creation. This is especially critical in the Holy Land where so many faith traditions share that sacred place.
Tree of Life Educational Fund both produces and sponsors many events, both locally in New England and as well as tours that reach many U.S. states. Since 2005 they have held annual conferences on Israel and Palestine at several locations in the U.S., featuring Palestinian, Israeli and American speakers driven by conscience and hope to advocate for peace in the Holy Land. TOLEF also sponsors educational journeys to the Holy Land.
Contact page: http://www.tolef.org/about-tree-of-life/contact-us/