Posts made in January, 2019

Video resource on plight of Palestinian children prompted by General Synod resolution, 3 Great Loves

Posted on Jan 17, 2019

United Church of Christ

January 03, 2019
Written by Barb Powell

In response to a 2017 General Synod resolution calling for an end to the human rights violations and violence surrounding Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank, a new UCC video resource has been released to help church members better understand the issues and become advocates for justice.

“How Are the Children Now?” is a two-part video resource produced by the UCC Palestine Israel Network (UCCPIN) that is geared toward adult church school classes. Released in December, it is the culmination of a 7-month process to develop an educational resource to fulfill the Synod resolution’s mandate that local churches “learn about the plight of children in Palestine and the State of Israel” and foster continued community and interfaith partnerships to advocate for the rights of children.

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WCC responds to misleading report by NGO Monitor and its criticism of EAPPI

Posted on Jan 17, 2019

World Council of Churches, 14 January 2019 – The World Council of Churches (WCC) published an open letter to media in response to the new report released by the NGO Monitor criticizing the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).

The WCC was informed by media in advance of the publication of the report, which describes the EAPPI programme as “The World Council of Churches’ Training Camp for Anti-Israel Advocacy”. WCC offers the following comments:

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Youth of Jesus’ Homeland prepares to participate in World Youth Day in Panama

Posted on Jan 15, 2019

by Rula Shomali, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

RAMALLAH – The Youth of Jesus’ Homeland concluded their preparatory meetings in the Holy Family Parish in Ramallah, on Friday, January 11, 2019, for the World Youth Days in Panama which will start on January 22 until February 6, 2019.

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Jerusalem’s Patriarchs and Heads of Churches condemn insulting images of Christian faith at Haifa Museum of Art

Posted on Jan 15, 2019

STATEMENT – We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, strongly condemn the irresponsible and provocative images that were displayed at the Haifa Museum of Art which is under the patronage of the Haifa Municipality. The Haifa Museum of Art allowed an exhibition that aimed to criticize ‘consumerism’ within the Israeli society. The content of this exhibition includes insulting images of the most sacred figures and symbols of the Christian faith. This issue is unacceptable and should be denounced and undone immediately. The respect of religious symbols and figures, whether Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, should be preserved no matter what. 

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Newsletter to/from Palestinian Christians

Posted on Jan 13, 2019

by Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh

A cold front passed over Palestine and we are expecting another cold front Wednesday. Plants are growing but people are still in disarray and Gaza was bombed (again) using US taxpayer money (that part of the government was not shut down). Refugees and displaced people are in cold rainy dwellings.

We are moving forward with the museum development; it would be much easier in any other country, see our annual reports and plans here: https://www.palestinenature.org/about-us/ .

Two new blogs here reflects our
thoughts:

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Christians in Israel under the Microscope of the Department of Statistics

Posted on Jan 4, 2019

According to data published by the Central Department of Statistics in Israel, on the eve of Christmas 2018, around 175 000 Christians live in Israel. They constitute 2 % of the total population in Israel. In 2017 the average of Christian demographic growth reached 2.2 %, against 1.4 % in the previous year. The hike is attributed to the arrival of 597 immigrants from Ethiopia.

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WCC-EAPPI nurtures partnerships for just peace

Posted on Jan 3, 2019

The World Council of Churches – Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI) works for just peace in the Holy Land. And as peace cannot be a one-sided process, efforts are made continuously to build partnerships along the full range of the spectrum.

“We believe the WCC-EAPPI has a role to play, not only as a protective presence, but as a bridge-builder,” reflects WCC-EAPPI international coordinator Rev. Dr Owe Boersma. “So each term, we make sure our ecumenical accompaniers (EAs) are given an opportunity not only to observe life under occupation in the Palestinian territories, but also to establish and nurture partnerships with other organizations working for justice and peace in the area.”

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Fr Alexi – a peacemaker in Syria

Posted on Jan 3, 2019

By Marianne Ejdersten*

21 December 2018 – WCC (World Council of Churches) News met with the Very Reverend Archimandrite Dr Alexi Chehadeh, who leads the Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development (DERD) for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East (GOPA) in Damascus, Syria. He is an impressive role model and peacemaker in Syria.

We discussed the state of the crisis in Syria and the many challenges that aid workers face there. His organization, DERD, is the largest independent local NGO operating inside Syria. He shares his passion for finding ways to distribute aid to people of all faiths, despite the particularly vulnerable situation of Christians in a country where ISIS has a horrendous record of crucifying them.

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New Year Resolutions of a Palestinian Christian

Posted on Jan 1, 2019

We can also say that a people movement for justice, for human rights, and for the environment is growing around the world.

A letter from Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh:

This is the last weekly message of 2018, a year with good and bad points, but we here in the birthplace of Jesus remain optimistic about the future.

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and World Day of Peace: Political action and the Kingdom of God

Posted on Jan 1, 2019

Around us, we have witnessed tragedies that we never thought could happen in our age. But also, in our land, we continue to see a slow, continuous, and no less dangerous degradation and crumbling of ties at all levels of society, of political ties and social trust. Years of failed negotiations, peace plans announced and never realized, social initiatives started and never ended, and a stagnant economy. We could go on with the litany of unresolved problems. Moreover, the conflict has become part of our system of life and our way of thinking: in movements, in the organization of any initiative; in short, in everything we do.

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