The ‘Great March of Return’ protest in Gaza continued for its 42nd Friday. A Palestinian woman, Amal Mustafa Taramsi and 14-year-old Abed Alraouf Salhah died and at least 25 other people were wounded by Israeli live fire. Egyptian representatives held talks on the day before with Palestinian delegates to prevent any further escalation of violence along the border with Israel.
Lord, we pray for the family of Amal and Abed who were killed in the protest as they mourn their loss. We pray too for a breakthrough in the peace talks that there will be an end to the blockade of Gaza and to the desperate sufferings of the people under siege. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.Read more
3rd Thursday Action Alert: Call on Congress to realign US support for a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis
A new Congress is now sworn in, and its legislative agenda is full. Foreign policy is an area often reserved for the Executive branch, but Israel/Palestine has been an area of historically unique bipartisan agreement. But there are new voices, willing to speak for justice, peace, and equality for all. Sadly, however, currently stated U.S. policy is working against such an outcome.
In a November 14 ecumenical statement, 16 U.S. Christian leaders outline developments in U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine since the beginning of the Trump Administration, noting their negative impact on Palestinians and the prospects for peace for Israel and Palestine.Read more
Written by Fiona Kendall
As 2019 springs into life, let us bring you up to date with the work the work we have been involved in – and the issues which have affected us – over recent months.
The body which gave life to the Mediterranean Hope project is the FCEI, generally referred to in English as the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy. The FCEI provides, amongst other things, a vehicle for members to act collectively in living out – rather than simply talking about – faith. The Mediterranean Hope project is one manifestation of the FCEI’s commitment to justice. For the FCEI, it is important that the public at large understand not only what we are doing but why we are doing it.
Perhaps unusually, whilst migration may polarise from a political perspective, from a theological perspective, the fundamental principles seem fairly straightforward. There is clarity about what our attitude to “the stranger” should be. In light of that, the FCEI has seen fit to cut through the political maelstrom with its “Welcome Manifesto”, which sets out the biblical position on migration and, significantly, how that applies in today’s context.Read more
Video resource on plight of Palestinian children prompted by General Synod resolution, 3 Great Loves
January 03, 2019
Written by Barb Powell, originally posted here
In response to a 2017 General Synod resolution calling for an end to the human rights violations and violence surrounding Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank, a new UCC video resource has been released to help church members better understand the issues and become advocates for justice.
Friday, the 4th of January the ‘Great March of Return’ continued in Gaza leaving over 20 Palestinians injured by Israeli fire.
Lord, we continue to pray for an end to the Israeli military occupation, the implementation of the right of return of Palestinian refugees and for true peace to become a reality in our troubled land. Lord in your mercy…hear our prayersRead more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Prayers for Greece:
Loving God, Creator of the heavens and earth, we come before you today with hearts filled with hope for the New Year – one more just and loving than the last. Despite the chaos in our lives and our world, we know you are with us as we work to embody your radical love.
Things are constantly evolving in our world: people seeking refuge continue to flee their homelands, neighbors are reaching out to help however they can, political systems continue to fail those in the most need, and brave individuals relentlessly speak out against injustice. In the midst of all this, the Evangelical Church in Greece seeks to be a advocate for those who are pushed to the margins of society, working together with entire communities to build a stronger world.
Today we hold the Evangelical Church in Greece in our hearts as they work to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ everyday, for all God’s people. This is not always easy work, but You call us to be daily examples of Your radical love in the world.
As we go forth in the world today, may we continue to hold our global Christian family in our hearts and minds. Help us, O God, to turn this sense of connection and inspiration into practical action in our local communities.
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
#CorridoiUmanitari. 2,200 People Entered Europe in a Safe and Legal Way
LEGGI IN ITALIANO (NEV) 70 new arrivals in Italy, including 25 minors, about 1,500 refugees rescued. Their stories: Mouna, Dina and Reem travelling with their old mother and a brother with Down syndrome, and a Sunni-Shiite family fleeing the war. The FCEI, the Community of Sant'Egidio and the Tavola Valdese together for security and integration. Read more...Read more
Jerusalem, December 23, 2018
Statement by the Heads of Churches in the Holy Land following attempts to damage the Christian community on the eve of Christmas
On Thursday, Members of the Knesset once again proposed to the Ministerial Committee for Legislation the discriminatory bill which restricts the rights of Christian institutions to deal with their property and threatens the income that sustains the Church’s humanitarian mission and care of Holy Sites. It is now the 5th time that this legislation has been tabled by the committee. However the timing of this latest attempt, just days before the celebration of Christ’s birth, was an intentional act of grave insensitivity. At a time when more than a billion Christians commit themselves to faith, hope and reconciliation and prepare to welcome Christ as the Prince of Peace, it is hard to explain such a stark and cynical action.Read more