Over seventy national and local civil and human rights organizations, including the United Church of Christ, have endorsed a joint statement to members of Congress expressing strong opposition to the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and calling on lawmakers to reject - rather than amend - the bill.Read more
The Conference of European Churches strongly condemns the attacks in Barcelona, Spain that killed at least 13 people and injured several-dozen. Two separate attacks took place in the city centre on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 August.Read more
Trump to Send Delegation to Israel, Palestinian Authority and Arab States in New Peace Push [Haaretz]
Haaretz reports, “President Donald Trump is preparing to send a delegation of senior officials to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and several Arab states in an effort to renew the peace process. According to a senior Israeli official, the delegation is evidently expected to arrive in the last week of August. A senior White House official said that the delegation will be headed by Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who will be joined by the president's envoy to the peace process Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell.”
A New School Year Begins...
This time of year in the United States and Canada, children and grandchildren are walking, skipping, and riding back to school. Arithmetic, Spelling, and Social Studies; AP Chemistry, Algebra II, and World History; recess, Friday night football, and school carnivals march through the field of young minds. Parents and congregations gather school supplies so that every student - and even their teachers - can begin the school year well. Many churches bless children and their backpacks as they begin the start of a new year.Read more
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center invites you to experience the reality of life in today’s Holy Land
Christian Zionism and Colonialism – A Response from Palestinian Christians
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center invites you to join us for 9 nights to experience the reality of life in today’s Holy LandRead more
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is proud to announce its next Advocacy Summit: Choose Hope 2017, co-sponsored by Millennial Voices for Peace (MVP), to be held from November 12th - 14th. The Choose Hope 2017 Advocacy Summit provides a holistic space for millennials – including, college, seminary, and graduate students as well as young professionals- who wish to engage in a national campaign for peace and justice in the Holy Land.Read more
In Gaza, the ongoing humanitarian crisis continues to deteriorate drastically. This week, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed their “deep concerns” for the intensifying humanitarian crisis.
Lord, we hold the people of Gaza in our prayers as they try to survive against all odds. It is true by bread alone one does not survive, but without bread and clean water they will perish. God, open the eyes of the decision makers of our world and soften their hearts to show mercy and grant Gaza justice. Lord in your mercy…Read more
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren Comes Out Against anti-BDS Bill [Haaretz]
Haaretz reports, “U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, one of the leading progressive voices within the Democratic Party, said on Monday [8/7] that she opposes the controversial Israel Anti-Boycott Act. Civil rights groups have warned that the bill could hurt free speech by imposing penalties on U.S. citizens for supporting boycotts of Israel and the settlements.”
As part of my Global Ministries placement this summer, I am to share my reflections. So every couple of weeks, I will also send a “Palermo Perspective” to Old First, sort of a report since you all are making my summer service possible.Read more