The World Council of Churches is inviting its global fellowship and all people of good will to participate in the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel on September 16-23.
This year’s theme is “Youth and Children: Raising Hope and Making Change”.
Held the third week of September each year, the World Week of Peace unites Christian witnesses in peaceful actions around the world to promote a just peace in Palestine and Israel.Read more
US to Announce Closure of PLO Office in Washington The Times of Israel
The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) office "acts as the de facto embassy in the US," so its closing is a significant step by the Trump Administration. This closure is most likely over Palestinian resistance to U.S. led peace negotiations because of the U.S. Embassy move and recent funding cuts; and recent PLO campaigning to have Israel tried by the International Criminal Court.Read 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
The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA joins with the ecumenical community worldwide in calling upon the United States Government to reverse its decision to end funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees. We join with the World Council of Churches in naming this action “immoral and unjust, driving Palestinian refugees to more hopelessness, despair, and desperation.” While the United States is not the only funder of UNRWA, the Trump Administration’s decision leaves a $200 million deficit, one that will leave some of the most vulnerable people in the world without resources needed for a healthy society.Read more
The Evangelical Church of Greece, the successor of the Greek Evangelical Church, is a united church of Presbyterian, Congregational, Methodist and Independent Brethren denominations, recognized in Greece in 2014, the first such legal recognition in Greece for a Protestant church.Read more
The Israeli Supreme Court turned down an appeal against the demolition of the Bedouin village of Al Khan al-Ahmar, which lies between two illegal Jewish settlements. This demolition if carried out, besides being a grave violation of human rights, will obstruct the establishment of a contiguous and viable Palestinian state.
O Lord, we weep at the injustice being carried out against the people of Al Khan al-Ahmar. Grant them the strength to resist the Israeli military occupation and to continue to make their plight clear to the world. We pray that the Israeli judiciary will see the error of its ways in the light of international pressure and allow the people of Al Khan al-Ahmar to ‘live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest’, (Isaiah 32:18). Lord, in your mercy…Hear our prayer
[The following statement was issued on Sunday, Sept. 10 by the Lutheran World Federation.]
The Lutheran World Federation regrets the decision by the US administration, reported by several news agencies, to cut its funding for the six East Jerusalem Hospitals. According to a budget approved by the US Congress, the hospitals in East Jerusalem, including the Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH), were budgeted to receive USD 25 million in funding during financial year 2017 to cover costs for patients referred by the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Today’s news reports come following a policy review by the US administration that resulted in several funding cuts affecting people in the West Bank and Gaza.Read more
Torre Pellice (Turin), August 31, 2018- "This Synod began with two actions of prayer and solidarity: towards migrants and towards the victims and displaced persons of Genoa. No priority on the basis of nationality, ethnicity, identity, but priorities only according to need, priority to the neighbor knocking on our door", said Pastor Eugenio Bernardini, reconfirmed as moderator of the Waldensian Board.Read more
These reflections on the annual Synod of the Chiesa Evangelica Valdese, held in Torre Pellice, Italy, from August 26-31, 2018, were written by Carol Bechtel*, Executive Director (elect) of the American Waldensian Society. They were first published by the American Waldensian Society.
One of the refrains heard often at this year's synod was that the Chiesa Evangelica Valdese is a "fragile church with a vibrant witness." The fragility reference is a candid acknowledgement of decreasing numbers, budgets, and clergy-a situation not atypical in churches around the world. From my perspective as an observer at the synod, however, this fragility was largely eclipsed by the vibrant witness that was everywhere in evidence.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 8:27-38
Prayers for Morocco:
Precious, Loving, and Caring God, we are here before you with our hearts filled with gratitude, for you are our Everything! We bless your Holy Name, our Mighty Savior and our Omnipresent Help in times of need. We are grateful for your gentle hands that are always offering to touch, heal and guide us on our paths!
Thank You Lord for being this Present Help to the Evangelical Church of Morocco, deciding daily to stand for those in trouble!
We pray that, as you are our Messiah and Savior, the one who saved us from ourselves, may you also be the Messiah for all the migrants who are seeking help, seeking a better future for their families and themselves! As they are walking with their hands held high, crying for a Savior, someone to relieve them from their burdens, we pray that you show up in their lives, through us, to rescue them from their pain and sorrow.
We pray for all the ministers of the Church who have decided to take their cross and sacrifice their own comfort so that their sisters and brothers could get closer to their own “Canaan.” May your overwhelming peace and love fill their hearts till they overflow on the lives they are serving! Give them the strength and courage to go on. Lord, when they feel fragile and frail, please show yourself strong in their weaknesses!
For we know that after the cross, resurrection and restoration surely come!
In Jesus name. Amen!Read more