Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem–May Newsletter
Greetings and Peace in the Name of our Risen and Ascended Lord Jesus Christ! Refreshed by our celebration of Pentecost, we continue to witness to the Triune God, and the outpouring of God’s saving love for all the peoples of the earth.
In the recent days and weeks, there have been many school graduations throughout the Diocese. Always I am inspired by and grateful for these occasions as they joyfully illustrate the important ministry of education provided by our schools to the wider community. Parents and students, teachers and staff, are all to be commended for the many achievements which make graduation such a momentous event.
The World Council of Churches and the Middle East Council of Churches held a joint meeting in Beirut in May which focused on Christian Presence in the Middle East. These are challenging times and yet as followers of the Risen Christ, we remain a people of hope and steadfast in our Christian witness and service.
Efforts are continuing to establish a sound and sufficient financial foundation for the Diocese of Jerusalem. Negotiations with potential investors in various income earning properties are progressing well as is a feasibility study to determine the viability of a financial campaign. The success of these efforts will ensure a strong and vibrant Anglican presence in the Holy Land for many future generations. Our ministries of education, healthcare, pastoral services, and peace building will continue to glorify God and serve the common good.
Pentecost reminds us of and empowers us for mission. Faithful to this great commission, we will, with God’s grace and the generous support of our partners, continue to witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ, here in Jerusalem and to the ends of the earth.
+ Bp. Suheil Dawani