European churches express disappointment at EU ministers for not agreeing on search and rescue in the Mediterranean
Church representatives from across Europe have expressed their disappointment about the failure of EU Ministers of Interior to agree on any arrangement for search and rescue in the Mediterranean at their 18 July meeting in Helsinki. The proposals for a temporary arrangement, which had been tabled by the French and German governments had not found agreement and further discussions were postponed until September.Read more
During the 67th Great March of Return, 118 Palestinian civilians were injured due to the Israeli military’s continued use of excessive force against peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border. At least 45 children, 2 women, 3 journalists, and 4 paramedics were among those injured this Friday 19 July 2019. Five civilians, including a journalist and 4 children, sustained serious wounds.
Lord, we continue to pray for the safety of the protestors and for them to continue to espouse non-violent means to achieve their right to return to their homes. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.Read more
New Child and Elder Sponsorship Site in Bethlehem, Palestine
Being a Palestinian over 60 is hard. There are no public social security or health insurance is available. Like all seniors, they need health care now more than ever. The Ajyal organization offers seniors basic health care and a way to enrich their lives through music, drama, and social support activities.Read more
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, our brother, whose family became sojourners in a time of violent unrest.Read more
The Middle East Council of Churches condemns the terrorist bombing which took place on Thursday July 11, 2019, in front of the Church of Our Lady in Qamishli-Syria. In a phone call to His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, MECC Secretary General Dr Souraya Bechealany denounced this criminal act and declared complete solidarity with the Syriac Orthodox Church, especially the faithful in Qamishli. Dr Bechealany said that “our faith will not falter before this treacherous crime nor will our determination waver. We will still defend human dignity and support the efforts to establish peace and spread the culture of dialogue, love and reconciliation “.
Dr. Bechealany and His Holiness Aphrem lifted common prayers for the victims of the bombing to be healed. Together with the Churches of the Middle East they invoked God’s grace for security and peace for the Euphrates and Al-Jazira regions.
The ‘Great March of Return’ and ‘Breaking the Siege’ protests continued on Friday. At least 34 Palestinians were injured by live bullets and many others by rubber-coated rounds when Israeli forces attacked thousands of protesters taking part in the weekly Great March of Return at Gaza-Israel border. Tensions were particularly high due to the killing, on Thursday by Israeli forces, of Mahmoud al-Adham who was trying to prevent youths approaching the fence.
Lord, we continue to pray for the safety of the protestors who courageously demand to have the right of refugees to go home implemented. Lord in your mercy…hear our prayerRead more
Praise be to God, the God of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Last year, the Forum for Development, Culture, and Dialogue (FDCD) in Lebanon began implementing a winterization project in Syria in partnership with Global Ministries. FDCD received many urgent requests for assistance in the areas of Aleppo, Hama, and rural Damascus as Syrians were preparing for a harsh winter. While food supplies are always an enormous need, families were very concerned about the cold winter ahead and the health of the household, children specifically. This is due to the fact that there are few organizations focused on helping Syrians prepare for winter. We planned to distribute 500 sets of children’s clothes, 400 blankets, and 200 heaters, assisting over 1000 families as colder months approached. FDCD also provided assistance to volunteers helping in distributions, extending the impact of the project.Read more
Another school year is over, ending months of many achievements and challenges. Graduates of the sixth grade ended their years at Rawdat El-Zuhur and are ready for a new beginning of higher level of schooling. They are equipped with skills and knowledge to meet the new demands of high school and they carry with them a unique experience filled with memories of their time at Rawdat El-Zuhur. We have no doubt that the basis they had at the school will pave their way for further growth and personality building...
On June 16, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a sign that reads, “Trump Heights.” The sign sits at the site of an Israeli settlement in the Golan, which Israel occupied—along with the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the Sinai Peninsula—during the 1967 War. Israel claimed sovereignty over the Golan in 1981 in defiance of international law, and in March of this year, President Trump recognized Israel’s claim of annexation of that land.
Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan, and blockade of Gaza, remain firmly in place, despite UN resolutions calling on Israel to withdraw from territories it occupied in the 1967 War.Read more
Faith leaders across the USA, including Disciples and UCC leaders, released on 9 July a jointly signed statement entitled “Back from the Brink: Faith leaders call for diplomacy, not war, with Iran.”
Coordinated through Sojourners, the statement describes a USA-Iran war as an unmitigated disaster as well as morally and religiously indefensible. Global Ministries' Co-Executives, the Rev. Dr. Julia Brown Karimu and the Rev. Dr. James Moos, are among the signatories.Read more