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Peace Not Walls

SCHEDULE A PRESENTATION to learn more about Christians in the Holy Land

Who are the Palestinian Christians?

Possible topics:

  • The history of Christianity in the Holy Land – the story of Palestinian Christians
  • Little Town of Bethlehem – Ministries of the Lutherans in Palestine
  • How does recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol affect Lutherans in Palestine?
  • How do recent developments in Israel/Palestine affect Christians?
  • Hundreds of new settlement units have been announced – How does settlement expansion affect Palestinians?

Six congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land nurture peacemaking and stand strong to build a future for Palestinians. Learn about the challenges they face as they do the work of the gospel living daily in the conflict. Contact a member of the Peace Not Walls team: Joan Jacobson joanjacobson1836@gmail.com, Jan Miller millerjan68@gmail.com, Jo Ann Wacker-Farrand socialwacker@live.com 

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OPPORTUNITY PALESTINE - After ten years of planning and construction, the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah, Palestine, has a new building that is opening for students this fall! You can help furnish the school and provide needed equipment - through http://opportunitypalestine.org.

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Churchwide Assembly Actions - the 2016 assembly took two actions urging action for peace with justice in the Holy Land:

  • Peace with Justice in the Holy Land: Urging the US to make our foreign aid to Israel contingent on Israel's cessation of settlement construction in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem 
  • Justice for the Holy Land through Responsible Investment: Asking for development of an ELCA human rights social criteria investment screen, specifically addressing Israel and Palestine

Read a FACT SHEET about the two memorials.

In the Rocky Mountain Synod, we participate in a special ELCA campaign working for justice and peace in Palestine and Israel, through

  • Accompaniment
  • Advocacy
  • Awareness-raising

Peace Not Walls connects us with our Palestinian Lutheran companions—promoting dignity, full respect for human rights, healing and reconciiation. With our companions in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), we also accompany Palestinians and Israelis, Jews, Christians and Muslims working together for peace with justice. Learn more about the ELCA campaign.

Some ways you and your congregation can be involved:

CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY MEMORIALS

Some resources and links for your congregation to study the issues and implement the resolutions. Members of the PNW working group (listed below) are available to help you plan.

TRAVEL

  • "Come and See" - Israel/Palestine Witness Trip - June 17-30, 2018 - details
  • Contact Jan Miller for more trips or to create one for your congregation

NEWS SOURCES

RMS PEACE NOT WALLS working group: