“Pray, educate, and advocate for justice in Palestine”Written by the World Council of Churches
December 7, 2011
The World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel invites WCC member churches, faith-based communities, civil society organizations and other agencies working for justice to join a week of prayer, education, and advocacy for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine and a just end to the conflict. This year our common focus is on the displacement and dispossession suffered by Palestinians under the continuing occupation. The World Week for Peace is scheduled for May 28-June 3, 2012, and is an initiative of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum.
What for? Our aim is to promote an end to the illegal Israeli occupation and a just peace in Palestine. During one week, churches in different countries will send a clear signal to policy-makers, community groups, and local parishes about the urgent need for justice for the Palestinians. The week inaugurates a year-round effort to rally churches, communities, and individuals to work for justice in Palestine.
Who are you joining? Churches, community organizations, specialized ministries, and local parishes on six continents will join together to speak out and act for a just peace. Leadership for this initiative is being provided by:
- Jerusalem’s churches and related church and peace organizations in Palestine
- Volunteers and veterans of the WCC’s Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel
- The Pax Christi International network and church aid agencies in Europe and North America
- Ecumenical networks and civil society groups in South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia
How? Participants are requested to plan their activities around these points:
- Pray with churches living under occupation, using a special prayer from Jerusalem and contemporary liturgies to be issued in early 2012.
- Educate others, and be further educated, about the crippling effects of the illegal occupation, including displacement, family separation, land confiscation, and denial of basic human rights.
- Advocate with political and church leaders, encouraging them to support and enact public policies that will lead to a just end to the occupation.
Click on this link for further information about World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2012. To share details about your plans for the Week, please contact the Rev. John Calhoun, the convenor of World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2012.
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