Addressing what many consider the world's most intractable conflict, Naim Ateek offers a succinct primer on the theology of liberation in the context of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and self-determination. From the historical roots of this struggle, Ateek shows how the memory of the Holocaust has served to trump the claims and aspirations of the native inhabitants, and how later Israeli occupation and settlements in the West Bank have contributed to their suffering and oppression.Read more
Shoulder to Shoulder leaders condemn new Muslim ban and speak out for religious values and national ideals to welcome Muslims and refugees
Washington, DC - The new Muslim Ban — temporarily halted in the courts — stands in contrast with our faith traditions and our American ideals of religious freedom, inclusion, equality, and justice.Read more
Last week President Trump took the dangerous action of declining to certify a critical nuclear agreement with Iran, setting our nation and the world on a dangerous path toward further tension in our international relations.Read more
Hamas and Fatah have signed a landmark reconciliation deal in Cairo in a key step towards ending a ten-year-long rift. The deal will see administrative control of the Gaza Strip handed to a Fatah-backed unity government.
Lord, we thank you for this latest move towards peace and reconciliation among the Palestinian people. We pray that a united Palestinian government will be a step forward to our liberation from the Israeli occupation. Lord in your mercy…Read more
Last week the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Hamas authorities in Gaza signed a reconciliation deal to end the decade of division between the two groups. The text of the agreement has not been released, but the goal of the deal, as stated by both sides, is to reunite the West Bank and Gaza under the control of the Palestinian Authority while reconciling the divisions between the political factions.Read more
Hamas and Fatah Sign Unity Deal, Allowing Joint Control of Gaza [The New York Times]
The New York Times reports, “Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Thursday that aims to end their decade-old rivalry by providing for a joint administration with control of Gaza’s borders, including a key crossing point with Egypt, but that leaves thornier issues unresolved. Under the agreement, which was brokered by Egyptian intelligence, Fatah will lift a series of punitive sanctions that it imposed on Hamas-controlled Gaza earlier this year. In return, Hamas officials said they would allow the Palestinian Authority to resume control in Gaza. Egypt said a ‘government of national accord’ would come into effect by Dec. 1. … [T]he two sides had not discussed a number of critical questions, including a joint strategy for dealing with Israel, the conduct of any future elections and, crucially, the state of the Hamas military wing.”
The Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director of the Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries, traveled to Italy to participate in “Living and Witnessing the Border” on behalf of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Global Ministries. The meeting was an International Conference on Migration, Borders and Reception, September 29 through October 4. Please click on this link to read her daily reflections.Read more
Luca Maria Negro: The light of Christ
Rome (NEV), September 13, 2017 - Ten years ago, from September 4 to 9, 2007, the third European Ecumenical Assembly was held in Sibiu, Romania, with the title “The light of Christ shines upon all. Hope for Renewal and Unity in Europe”. Read more...Read more
The olive harvest has started in Palestine. Many Palestinian communities, who earn their living from this harvest, are unable to reach their olive groves due to the separation wall, or their proximity to illegal settlements, or because of military intervention.
God, we lift our prayers for Palestinian farmers who are taking the risk to harvest their produce. We give praise to you lord God, who through the mouth of your prophet proclaimed that one day "...they shall sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees and no one shall make them afraid" (Micah 4:4) Lord in your Mercy…Read more
US, Israel on Standby as Egypt Pushes Palestinian Reconciliation [Al-Monitor]
“According to the Fatah source, Egypt notified the United States and Israel on the progress of the rapprochement, making it clear that a Palestinian unity government is not only in Egypt's interest, but has positive implications for Israel and the Palestinians as well. Egypt regards such an agreement as vital to a regional peace deal, in which it hopes to play a major role. ... The United States appears to share this view. President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, who visited Israel and the West Bank at the end of September, updated Netanyahu on the American position on the reconciliation and the significance of such a move for a US peace blueprint soon to be unveiled,” according to Al-Monitor.