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April 17, 2014

Easter Greetings from the Holy Land

A number of our partners in the Holy Land send Easter greetings.

From Bishop Dr. Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land:

I beg you to pray for Arab and Middle East Christians in this region that they may be filled with the power of hope in the Resurrection. I ask you to not forget us nor cease accompanying us in our journey, for our mission is yours and yours is ours. Our mission continues to be one of a prophetic Church, implanting the power of Resurrection Peace in the hearts of all peoples. This is the reason that even in the midst of our doubts and suspicions we hear His gentle voice saying, “Peace be with you.” And all of us with one voice will astonishingly reply, “My Lord and my God!” With this hope of the Resurrection, I send to you the Easter greetings of Jerusalem. Al-Masih Qam – Hakkan Qam! Christ has risen! He is risen indeed!

From the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Christian Churches in Jerusalem

We call upon all Christian people, people of other faiths and in fact all  people of goodwill to pray earnestly for a good outcome from the current Peace Process in the Holy Land, conformity with International law and indeed for peace throughout our troubled world. Despite the acute difficulties of the current situation, we would urge all parties to seize this moment of historic opportunity. A peace which does not seek to abolish discrimination between different communities is no peace at all. For peace to be real, it must embracejustice and a desire for reconciliation. Reconciliation between God and humanity, andbetween people who are opposed to one another, springs from the Cross and is vindicated by the Resurrection.

Learn about Presbyterians at work with our partners in Palestine and Israel.

Categories: Easter, Israel and Palestine, Justice, Peace

Tags: easter greetings, heads of churches in jerusalem, holy land, resurrectio


April 11, 2014

Godspeed to Nancy Eng MacNeill

Today our colleague and friend Nancy Eng MacNeill, Associate for Constituency Support with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, concludes her work among us so that she can focus on health concerns.   Anyone who knows Nancy knows that she brings a winsome and joyful exuberance, a creative and innovative spirit and a patient and detailed care to all that she does.   She will be sorely missed in this work by her friends and colleagues in the Presbyterian Mission Agency.  To honor and thank Nancy for her many years of gifted service, we've created an event page on Facebook, Godspeed to Nancy ...

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April 10, 2014

Join in prayer with Syrians

Our staff will join young adults and people of all ages in Syria and around the world in prayer for peace tomorrow.

From the Presbyterian News Service:

A group of young adults from churches across Syria are calling for the world to join them in kindling the candle of peace by praying together simultaneously on Friday, April 11, at 9:00 p.m. GMT (5:00 p.m. EDT).

The call comes from the Syrian Multimedia Youth Team:

The Syrian Multimedia Youth Team works for positive change within Syrian society by using modern media and technology to encourage local development ...

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April 3, 2014

Encourage US support of UN peacekeeping

From the Better World Campaign:

You’ve already heard the bad news: The U.S. is in the red on its peacekeeping dues — big time. Now here’s the good news: The Administration is committed to doing something about it.

Yesterday Ambassador Samantha Power took the case to Congress, testifying that next year’s budget must robustly support UN peacekeeping and pay back the dues we promised to pay.

Thank her for saying what Congress needed to hear, and tweet this message*:

Thank you @AmbassadorPower for standing up for robust funding of our @UN peacekeeping dues on Capitol Hill this ...

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April 3, 2014

Toward a land mine free Colombia

By Shellyann Lewis

Today I attended an event on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. This event was held at the United Nations and the panel discussions were on “Colombia: Keeping up the Momentum”. Demining in Colombia and various other countries such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo is essential to development. In Colombia, there is a large initiative called the Humanitarian Demining Battalion #60 that has made great progress in clearing various explosives. According to the lieutenant colonial director, during 2007-2013, 19,612 mines were cleared and 4,789 explosive ...

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