Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem June Newsletter
Greetings from Bishop Suheil Dawani
Following a month of Graduations and Confirmations we have continued some into this month, but there have been other signs of hope as well as some pain for the Christian community.
We were delighted to be able to launch the restoration process of St Saviour’s Church in Acre. As you will read, we had many clergy and members of the Community at this event, including those of other faiths. However, within a couple of weeks we were shocked with the news of the vandalism and serious fire at the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, which was caused by extremist Jewish Settlers. This is not the first, and we fear not the last, Church to be vandalized in this way and causes not only great sadness for the Christian Community responsible for the Church in Tabgha, but also fear about which Church will be next. We need to ensure that the Status Quo is maintained and that all places of Worship are respected and kept safe. Please pray for respect and protection for all places of worship in the region.
You will also be able to read about some important activities in which some of our young people have been taking part with the Peace and Anti-violence workshop in Jordan, the Youth Retreat and Conference in Beit Sahour and more…
As we go in to the Summer we pray for rest and relaxation for our Clergy and all those involved in our Institutions, that we may know God’s renewal and restoration for the work that He calls us to undertake to bring peace, healing and justice in the region.
+ Suheil Dawani
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