Advent is a time of forgiveness, salvation, and new creation, not one that imperils peaceful relations between faith communities. In August, the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem wrote an appeal urging “all people of good will, to support us in order to ensure that no further attempts are made from any quarter to change the historical Status Quo [in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.]” We, as American Christian leaders, express our solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land, and our commitment to religious liberty for all faiths in Jerusalem.
Click here to read the full statement, with the list of signatories, which includes the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer and the Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General Ministers and Presidents of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), respectively.