[The following article is written by His Beatitude Patriarch Michel Sabbah, the Latin Catholic Patriarch emeritus of Jerusalem. It is entitled, "Palestinians are crying for justice. How long can Christians ignore them?" and appears in America: The Jesuit Review online magazine.]
Israel’s military occupation of Palestine continues in its 53rd year. In particular, Palestinians in Gaza are suffering under a callous siege. The U.S. administration has withdrawn aid for Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem and for the United Nations’ humanitarian work in the occupied Palestinian territory.Read more
Haigazian University Campus Arises from August 4 Explosion
“For people of faith, hope, and charity, the vision of doing good supersedes any evil or destruction.” --Rev. Paul A. Haidostian, Ph.D., President, Haigazian UniversityRead more
Message by Dr. George Sabra, President
Near East School of Theology
“ … for darkness is as light to you.” (Ps. 139:12)
Darkness covers us these days in Lebanon; the light around us has become night. Darkness has set upon us because of the COVID19 pandemic and the way it has transformed and damaged our personal, professional and social lives. The devastation and suffering resulting from the Beirut port explosion cast clouds of darkness over our capital city and over the lives of hundreds of thousands of killed, wounded and displaced people.Read more
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9
On November 9, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to a ceasefire to end fighting in the Caucasus. Although the ceasefire is fragile, and false starts at peace may occur, now is the time for building a new future. Now is the time to put away the guns, the angry rhetoric, the desires for revenge, and the claims of victory and betrayal. Now is the time for peacemakers.
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) asks for prayers for the Armenian Orthodox Church, a CMEP Board member organization, as the church grieves violence, loss, and the remnant consequences of war.Read more
The Palestinian farmers of Beit Dajan, east of Nablus depend on their harvest of grain, olives, almonds and figs for their livelihood. Much of their agricultural land was stolen by illegal Israeli settlements in the 1970s and now even more of their land is under threat from a newly constructed Israeli outpost. On Friday, 11th of December, the villagers gathered to plant olive saplings to the northeast of the village to prevent further land theft. This activity was dispersed violently by Israeli soldiers who shot and wounded two villagers and threw tear gas canisters at them. Two days later, farmers in Yatta, near Hebron, lost four hundred mature olive trees when Israeli settlers set fire to the Palestinian olive groves.
Lord, we pray for the Palestinian farmers who depend on the harvest of their crops for their livelihoods. We pray for an end to the violence and intimidation forced on these farmers by the Israeli military and settlers. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayers.Read more
Christmas Message 2020
Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
Salaam and grace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14)
Each year at Christmas, our thoughts turn toward Bethlehem.Read more
The East Jerusalem YMCA, a partner of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, serves Palestinian communities in Jerusalem and the West Bank through vocational training and rehabilitation, the Joint Advocacy Initiative, and many more programs. In this video message, its General Secretary, Peter Nasir, offers Christmas wishes, and a summary of 2020 activities.
Let’s Go to Bethlehem
Have a blessed and peaceful Christmas!
"In the dangerous valleys of death, where we are writhing to forces of loneliness, darkness and helplessness, it is time to follow the example of the shepherds of the first Christmas." Bishops and Lay Presidents of the Hungarian Reformed Community wish you a blessed Christmas. Read more...Read more
[The following article appeared in the New York Times on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.]
Mindful of a history of persecution, members of the Waldensian Church have been at the forefront of a push to bring refugees from Syria to Italy.
By Elisabetta Povoledo
TORRE PELLICE, Italy — The story of Maha Dahine and her two sons, Hanna and Antoine Khoury, is similar to those of countless victims of the conflict in Syria. Driven by fear and hopelessness, they left their homeland in 2016 for an uncertain future in Europe.