The Presbyterian Church has been involved in mission efforts in the Middle East for nearly two centuries. The denomination's long-standing witness in Israel and Palestine has spanned a range of efforts: supporting mission personnel; working with partner churches; contributing to refugee relief and resettlement; combating hunger and poverty; supporting ministries of local churches; sponsoring travel-study seminars; promoting education, health and leadership development; vocational training programs and self-development projects; programs supporting peace, justice and human rights movements; engaging in constituency education; and mobilizing to influence public policy.
Since 1948 General Assemblies have repeatedly addressed the Middle East and particularly Israel and Palestine. The Presbyterian position has consistently been to affirm the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign state within secure, internationally recognized borders and the right of the Palestinians to self-determination, including the right to the establishment of a neighboring independent, sovereign state toward the end of establishing a just and durable peace.
Background of the conflict
Resources for study and engagement
Interview with Mitri Raheb
The inheritance of Abraham? A report on the ‘promised land’, The Church of Scotland, May 2013
Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches (WCC)
Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum: Guidelines for Christians Contemplating a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Partner Churches and Church Organizations
The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
Baraka Presbyterian Church
Bethlehem Bible College
Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees of the MECC
Pilgrims of Ibillin
Sabeel Ecumenical Center
ECUMENICAL ACCOMPANIMENT PROGRAMME IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. When they return home, EAs campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through an end to the occupation, respect for international law and implementation of UN resolutions. Learn more
Israel-Palestine Mission Network
The Israel-Palestine Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.
- For more information contact the moderator of the IPMN.
2015 meeting date: October 29-31; Cenacle Center, Chicago, IL
Learn more about Israel-Palestine
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA)
See 2016 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, Jan. 5 (Palestine)
and in the 2015 Yearbook: