Pastoral letter to Palestinian friends and partners from from the Rev. John H. Thomas, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ (USA) offers solidarity and prayers in the midst of humanitarian and military crisisRead more
Eric Fistler – Israel/Palestine Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." ~Luke 2:15b. Two thousand years ago, the angels of God proclaimed the birth of Jesus to lowly shepherds who tended their flocks by night. In response, those shepherds were moved to see what God had done. In a similar fashion three Ecumenical Accompaniers, including myself, have been called to come to Bethlehem to see what God has done and what God is doing.Read more
"This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are witnesses." (Acts ch.2 v.32)
Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! A Happy & Holy Easter to you all!
This year the celebration of Easter falls in our Churches on either April 16th or 23rd. The close proximity of these two dates should strengthen the solidarity of our celebrations and hopefully, urge us to remember that we all are witnesses to the Resurrection. We all proclaim and say: Jesus died and raised in glory. He defeated death, sin and the power of evil, and He gave all human beings of good will to be as He stronger than death, sin and all power of evil. This is the mighty miracle which God performed among us in our Holy Land and wanted us to be His witnesses. Jesus is risen, He truly is risen and He is with us until the end of days (cf. Mt 28: 20).
Expressing "alarm and concern" the World Council of Churches (WCC) has presented a formal protest to the Israeli ambassador in Switzerland over two recent incidents involving violence by Israeli settlers against Christian volunteers participating in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).Read more
Dr. Bernard Sabella
Jerusalem, April 14, 2006
Easter is a message of the confluence of polarity and the circulatory nature of life. As we celebrate it we are reminded of life and death, of the strength of the Father and the weakness of the Crucified Son, of evil and goodness, of sin and redemption, of hope and despair, of cruelty and kindness. But most of all we are reminded of the fact that our earthly life has both a beginning and an end and that without Resurrection the two will never meet and that life’s beginning and end would have no meaning except as mere existence. Resurrection is transformation and transition. It is reaffirmed as each generation succeeds its predecessor and keeps on with the faith of the forefathers and with the traditions of the community.Read more
Marla Schrader - Palestine It has been more than three years since our family left Bethlehem during the Spring 2002 series of IDF military incursions into the West Bank and Gaza Strip. I left after a decade of mission service, while Leo, Jonathan and Anna Grace left their homeland. I will never forget that late May morning and how it took three adults to pry Jonathan's grip off the front door. So desperate was my three-year-old son's desire not to be uprooted from his home. We all left with the plan to return in 18 months, for surely the situation could not worsen. And then...it did.Read more
Marla Schrader - Israel-Palestine Sixteen years ago I was commissioned to serve, on your behalf, in the occupied Palestinian territories through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. It has never been less than a privilege to do so. It has been a privilege to journey together with our international partners. It has been a privilege (and responsibility!) to come to understand, quite deeply, how connected our fates are.Read more