Letter to WCC member churches in Israel and Palestine

WCC logoLetter from the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit  to WCC member churches in Palestine and Israel concerning the renewed wave of violence in Jerusalem.  19 October 2015

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ – our Lord and Saviour, the Prince of Peace, the child of Bethlehem.

I write to you at a time of renewed violence between the peoples in the land of Christ’s birth, to commend the witness of our Christian sisters and brothers in Palestine and Israel, and to express the concern and solidarity of the global ecumenical fellowship represented in the World Council of Churches. We are following with increasing dismay events throughout the region and especially in the Holy City of Jerusalem, which we hold in our hearts and prayers as an open city of two peoples (Israelis and Palestinians) and three faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). We continue to work and pray for a just peace for both Palestinians and Israelis, promoting respect for the status quo of the holy sites of Jerusalem as an important contribution to reducing current tensions.

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Video: Two women, a dividing wall and a uniting hope

by Norwegian Church Aid.

Build bridges not walls: World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

September 20th – 26th 2015

Two women, Palestinian Clemance Handal and Israeli Hanna Barag discuss the separation wall, its purpose, its effects and their hope for its eventual dismantling.

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What can you do this week for Peace and Justice?

Join ACT Palestine Forum’s prayer vigil and Christians all over the world in praying for those suffering in the Holy Land

On 24 December 2012, the ACT Palestine Forum, a forum of the ACT Alliance, a global alliance of over 100 churches and church related organizations launched a monthly prayer vigil. On the 24th of each month, “Christians from all over the world join together to pray for the Christian communities in Palestine and Israel, for all those who are suffering in the Holy Land, for Palestinians and Israelis, and for peace in the Middle East and the world.”

“This prayer vigil will continue until the Israeli occupation is dismantled, violence in the Middle East ends, and all can celebrate a just and lasting negotiated resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

The ACT Palestine Forum prayer vigil invites you to pray with your family or congregations, offers you a way to connect with groups praying throughout the world, and even provides activities and resources you can use in your own prayer vigil.

Watch ACT Palestine Forum’s recently released video and plan your own prayer vigil for this Saturday the 24th.