"As we walk the Via Dolorosa, we continue to await the light of right anchored in the resurrection"
- From Patriarch Emeritus, Michel Sabbah co-author of Kairos Palestine, in Easter Alert 2018
The Joint Advocacy Initiative invites you this Easter season to not only walk with us on the Via Dolorosa, this life under 51 years of a military occupation, and 70 years of settler colonialism, and 11 years of an illegal blockade on Gaza, but to walk with us anchored in the "light of right", in justice toward our deliverance and freedom.Read more
Last Friday, Sabeel hosted a community Easter egg hunt in Bethlehem for children living in orphanages with over ninety children taking part in the event.
God, we thank you for this opportunity to share joy with children whose lives have been blighted with sadness. We give thanks for the presence of your Holy Spirit for those who came on Friday and that they were able to find release from political cares and concerns to experience the fullness of joy in the good news Easter brings. Lord, in your mercy…Hear our PrayersRead more
The Link, published on a bi-monthly basis, is Americans for Middle East Understanding (AMEU)'s primary education and information tool. More than 175 issues of The Link have followed since the first issue written by Humphrey Walz appeared in 1968. For the first two decades of its existence, The Link was virtually the only national periodical published for a diverse audience by an American non-profit organization that persistently challenged the prevailing myths and stereotypes about Arabs, Muslims and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Read more
Following the meeting of the members of the Council of European Bishops Conferences (Catholic) and the Conference of European Churches (CCEE-CEC) Joint Committee in Brussels, from 9-10 March, presidents of the two European ecclesial organisations – Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, CCEE president and Bishop Christopher Hill, CEC president, issued a letter of support to the three leaders of the churches who recently signed a joint statement protesting the proposal of the municipality of Jerusalem to tax the religious buildings. This letter of protest was signed by Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem, All Palestine and Jordan Theophilos III, His Beatitude Nurhan Boghos Manoogian, Patriarch of the Apostolic Throne of St. James (Armenian) and Fr. Francesco Patton OFM, Custos of the Holy Land.Read more
Global Ministries, Disciples, and UCC leaders among signatories on letter to Congress about military aid
Leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the United Church of Christ, and Global Ministries were among 15 ecumenical Christian leaders signing a letter to members of Congress expressing concern about US military sales and military aid to countries in the Middle East. The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens and the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Ministers and Presidents of the Disciples and UCC (respectively), and the Rev. Julia Brown Karimu and the Rev. Dr. James Moos, Co-Executives of Global Ministries, signed the letter, dated March 14, which stated, "We firmly believe that stability and long-term security in the Middle East will only come about when the United States and other countries move away from a militarized approach and the profits that come from perpetual conflict."Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
O Lord, we often do not understand why injustice continues to prevail in our world, or why your Divine purpose remains hidden from our eyes while we witness political oppression and hear the human cry for freedom. We witness your mighty acts in history: You look with favor on the lowly, and your mercy is for those who fear you from generation to generation; you show strength with your arm and scatter the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; you bring down the powerful from their thrones and lift up the lowly. We bear witness to your love for the world you created and, with those who await your mercy and justice, we pray: “hosanna,” “save us.” Amen.Read more
It was dusk and the smoke of tear gas still hung in the valley like a benign cloud with the occasional whoosh of new rounds streaking the light grey sky. We had finished our late lunch of chicken fettuccine with Nawal and her mother and the lovely Janna.
We came to spend International Women’s Day with three generations of Tamimi women. What better way to celebrate Palestinian women then to spend time with them - cooking, laughing, and even singing and of course talking about what was happening in the village and who was still imprisoned. 17 people were kidnapped, detained, or arrested in the past two weeks including 8 minors. There was great concern that Mohammad who was still recovering from being hit with a rubber bullet in his head would be arrested once they deemed him “healthy enough.” Ahed’s trial was scheduled for Sunday. It seemed we didn’t talk too much about her in case our words might somehow affect the outcome.Read more
The Israeli parliament has passed a law that allows the minister of interior, Aryeh Deri, to revoke the residency rights of any Palestinian in Jerusalem on grounds of "breach of loyalty" to Israel. Under the new measure, Deri, will be able to strip the residency of any Palestinian whom he deems a threat.
Lord, help us remain loyal and faithful only to your commandment of love, justice and equality. We pray for Jerusalem and its people, we especially pray for the change of heart of the Israeli decision makers to abandon their terrorizing ways to silence our cry for freedom. Lord in your mercy…Hear our PrayersRead more
Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi just spent her 17th birthday in Israeli military detention. Tamimi was arrested by Israeli soldiers at her home in December, taken into custody, and charged with several offenses including some relating to her physically assaulting an armed Israeli soldier who entered her family’s property on December 15. Like other Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces in the West Bank, Tamimi is subject to Israeli military law under which, as human rights groups have documented, they routinely experience ill treatment.Read more