Visit Israel-Palestine with World Mission
April 13-24, 2015 - We live in a critical time for the Church, as we are given the opportunity to heed the call for justice and peace in the Holy Land. In the hope that we may be faithful to this call, World Mission invites Presbyterians to travel to Israel-Palestine and experience firsthand its complexity and richness. We will engage with local Israelis and Palestinians working for peace, witness the realities on the ground, and consider how we as Presbyterian Americans might respond faithfully. For more information, please contact Kate Taber.
Crisis in Gaza
Western Christians Don't Understand Gaza-Israeli Conflict, says East Jerusalem Baptist pastor
Holy Land: A call for courageous change
An appeal by the Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land
Statement on Economic Measures and Christian Responsibility toward Israel and Palestine—World Council of Churches Central Committee
We are convinced that targeted economic measures are an important nonviolent strategy for promoting peace and abating violence. We are called to take action in support of peaceful solutions to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Economic pressure, appropriately and openly applied, is one such means of action.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land calls for Immediate Cessation of Hostilities in Gaza. Read the statement here.
Gaza Emergency Situation Reports by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza has sustained structural damage, impacting the ventilation system in the operating rooms and the emergency rooms. Read more here.
10 Years Since the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion (9 July 2014), Report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
The PC(USA) is grieving the news of 3 Israeli teenagers who were abducted and found dead in the West Bank. The church condemns the actions of those responsible for the teens’ deaths.
The Assembly was explicit: that our selective divestment of American companies engaged in nonpeaceful pursuits that further the occupation in Palestine does not constitute divestment from Israel itself. Of central importance in our deliberations was our continued concern for Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace...
A Presbyterian pastor, Rev. Lawrence Bartel, hikes the Jesus Trail from Nazareth to Capernaum
WCC general secretary expresses concern over Israeli Knesset law
New statute distinguishes between Christian and Muslim Palestinians
Join Palestinian Women in Our Resistance
Statement of the YWCA in Palestine on the occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8)
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) remains committed to peace for Israelis and Palestinians
Following the release of an independently produced study guide on Israel and Palestine the PC(USA) reaffirms its commitment to PC(USA) policy, which calls for a negotiated settlement between Israel and Palestine and the right for each to exist within secure and recognized borders.
Made by St. Paul's Church of Auckland, New Zealand, this video begins with a Palestinian shepherd tending his flock on the hills outside Bethlehem, and weaves together the ancient Christmas story with the lives of those who now live in the town where Jesus was born.
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
The CBS News television program 60 Minutes aired a report on Christians living in the Middle East on Sunday, 22 April 2012. Included in the report are comments by Mitri Raheb, Palestinian pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem and a key partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and a mention of the Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth document.
The July 2010 Sojourners magazine (“an evangelical voice for social justice”) contains two articles that illustrate the increasing coverage being given to Palestinian Christians’ perspectives on peace and justice in Israel/Palestine:
• A one-page testimony, “Following Jesus in the West Bank,” by nationally recognized U.S. evangelical leader Lynne Hybels (Willow Creek Community Church) sharing how her position on the Israel/Palestine conflict was transformed by her encounter with Palestinian Christians
• A strongly positive assessment of the Kairos Palestine Document by Sojourners staff writerRyan Rodrick Beiler
Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum: Guidelines for Christians Contemplating a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Partner churches and church organizations
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.
- 2014 meeting: October 23-25, Chicago, IL
- For more information contact the moderator of the IPMN.
Learn more about Israel-Palestine
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA)
See 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, pp. 333-335