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July 12, 2013

2014 Peacemaking Conference in Israel/Palestine Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Mosaic of Peace conference in Israel/Palestine. During this twelve day conference participants will walk in the footsteps of the Prince of Peace and witness the inspirational stories of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders who work faithfully to bridge the divide between their communities.

While travelling through Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Capernaum, Galilee, and Nazareth, participants will focus on a theology of peace and reconciliation within the framework of PC(USA) policy, learning how to better support the effort of creating lasting peace in the Holy Land.

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June 15, 2012

Seminar explores peace and justice in Israel and Palestine

by Elodie de Bethmann

Seminar groupOn 13 June, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations held a seminar about Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine for an intergenerational group from The First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, New Jersey. The group members have recently been discussing the Kairos Palestine Document and have been particularly interested in the pursuit of peace and justice in Palestine and Israel.

The first speaker was from the UN Department of Political Affairs, Division of Palestinian Rights. He spoke about the conflict by setting it within its historical context and explained how the UN addresses issues related ...

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April 23, 2012

World Week of Prayer for Peace in Palestine and Israel 2012

28 May - 3 June 2012
Pray, educate, and advocate for justice

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations to join together in 2012 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness.

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April 20, 2012

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb Encourages Viewers to Watch "60 Minutes" This Sunday (22 April)

CBS News "60 Minutes" will be broadcasting a story about the shrinking population of the Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land this Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and other Palestinian Christian leaders were interviewed as part of production for this news story.

Bob Simon reports on the slow exodus from the Holy Land of Palestinian Christians, who say life in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become too difficult. Harry Radliffe is the producer.

For those of you who do not have access to CBS News in your ...

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April 11, 2012

A prayer for peace as the Quartet meets

From Churches for a Middle East Peace:

In late April the United Nations Security Council is scheduled to hold its quarterly open debate on the Middle East. The focus of discussion will likely be whether the Quartet—comprised of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States—has been able to achieve sufficient impetus to have the Israeli-Palestinian peace process move in a positive direction. In preparation for that discussion the Quartet meets today in Washington, DC.  

As people of faith, on this occasion we ask you to pray for peace and for God to make a ...

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March 28, 2012

Economic implications of the occupation

All living has economic implications.

At the March 23 Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day and on March 24 at Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Mark Koenig, Director of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, led a workshop that provided an introduction to the economic implications of Israel's Occupation of Palestinian territory.

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November 29, 2011

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is celebrated

Today, the United Nations celebrated the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  I was struck with the importance of this day, having returned just last week from meetings with our church partners in Israel and Palestine. 

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1977.  Today, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, "Let us, on this International Day, reaffirm our commitment to translating ‎solidarity into positive action. The international community must help steer the situation ‎towards a historic peace agreement."

On this day of solidarity, we remember the ...

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November 22, 2011

Jerusalem, Settlements and the Two-State Solution

Danny Seidemann, Israeli attorney and founder and director of the Israeli NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem puts a two to three year expiration date on a two-state solution for peace in Jerusalem and thus in Israel and Palestine. In a presentation organized by the NGO Israel-Palestine Working Group at the United Nations, Seidemann focused on the question of the two-state solution, the settlements and Jerusalem. Check out the video of his presentation.

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October 26, 2011

Christian leaders say yes to Palestine U.N. membership

From the Presbyterian News Service:

 

Leaders of four denominations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons, have issued a statement backing the Palestinian Authority’s bid for membership in the United Nations.

 

U.N. membership for the Palestinians is deserved, the four leaders say, “not only on the basis of international law and basic fairness … but to preserve a multi-religious holy land that includes Christian Palestinians.

 

In addition to Parsons, the statement was signed by the Rev. Geoffrey Black of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. Sharon Watkins of the Christian Church ...

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September 23, 2011

Palestine applies for UN membership

On September 23, 2011, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon conveyed the application of Palestine for admission to membership in the United Nations to the Security Council. Find out more about the Palestinian bid for membership. Most recent stories are placed first:

October 3:

Statement on membership for Palestine in the UN by the World Council of Churches
The Palestinian Authority's Application for United Nations Membership and Its Implications for the International Criminal Court by the American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court

 

September 28:

UN News Centre article: Security Council refers Palestinian application to UN membership committee

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September 14, 2011

Jerusalem Christian Churches issue communique

Looking ahead to the upcoming General Assembly of the United Nations this September 2011 and the bid for Palestinian statehood, the Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem feel the need to intensify our prayers and diplomatic efforts for peace between Palestinians and Israelis, to consider this as the most appropriate time for such an opportunity, and thus wish to reiterate the following principles upon which we agree:

  1. A two-state solution serves the cause of peace and justice.
  2. Israelis and Palestinians must live each in their own independent states with peace and justice, respecting human rights according to international law.
  3. Negotiations ...

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August 24, 2011

The United Nations, Israel and Palestine - An Overview

Since 1948 General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations 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. Read actions of Assemblies from 1997 to 2010.

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August 24, 2011

The United Nations, Israel and Palestine - Palestine at the United Nations, September 2011

Presbyterian Policy

Since 1948 General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations 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. Read actions of Assemblies from 1997 to 2010. The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy provides a summary of ...

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August 24, 2011

The United Nations, Israel and Palestine - Points of Engagement

The United Nations has been working on the question of Palestine and Israel since the first special session of the UN General Assembly on 28 April 1947, which established a body to investigate the issue and return with its recommendations. Over 60 years later, the range of the UN's work on the issues has continued to adapt to meet new challenges and address changing realities on the ground.

Points of Engagement

The UN General Assembly, comprised of all the Member States of the United Nations, has been involved in the quest for a peaceful settlement of the question of ...

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August 24, 2011

The United Nations, Israel and Palestine - A Brief History

The United Nations has been working on the question of Palestine and Israel since the first special session of the General Assembly on 28 April 1947, which established a body to investigate the issue and return with its recommendations. Over 60 years later, the range of the UN's work on the issues has continued to adapt to meet new challenges and address changing realities on the ground.

A brief history

Following the end of World War I and the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, Palestine was placed under the administration of Great Britain through the Mandates System of the ...

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August 18, 2011

Human rights and ageing

A reflection on the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing for the purpose of strengthening the protection of Human Rights of older persons  
August 1-4, 2011

Peng Leong
First Chinese Presbyterian Church of New York City
Volunteer Intern, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Picture of open forum eventI have been working with older persons for many years in my church as a member of the Board of Community Affairs Corporation running social and educational programs in my own corner of the world—New York’s Lower East Side. Our mission is to provide home care services to older persons so that they can remain ...

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August 16, 2011

Reflection on Youth Making a Difference seminar

 

Aram Bae, Beatrice Terino, and Gaby Verdolini at the UN

Aram Bae, Beatrice Terino, and Gaby Verdolini at the UN as part of the Youth Making a Difference Seminar

Thanks to Beatrice Terino for sharing this reflection:

I attended the UN trip as a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church. I had been told that I would meet with people from Israel who were visiting New York as a part of a program with Givat Haviva. The program was actually a photography class made up of youth from Israel – both Jews and Arabs. I had heard about the conflict between these peoples, but I did not know much about the ...

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August 11, 2011

Youth provide ideas to celebrate International Day of Peace

Participants in the Youth Making a Difference seminar (U.S. Presbyterian and Israeli Arab and Israeli Jewish youth) were invited to identify ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace. They came up with some very creative ideas. One group suggested that the day include a solar eclipse so that fireworks could be seen all day long. Check out the videos of their reports:

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5

Here’s a summary:

Concerts
Music
Communities joining together
Share messages of peace through:
            Email
            Twitter
            My Space
            Facebook
            Other electronic communications
Fireworks
Ice cream
Hugs ...

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August 11, 2011

Celebrate the International Day of Peace, Group 5

A group from the Youth Making a Difference seminar shares their ideas on how to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, in partnership with Givat Haviva, hosted this interfaith, international youth event on August 1, 2011. Participating in the day long event were Israeli Arab and Israeli Jewish youth who are part of Givat Haviva's Through Others' Eyes project. Presbyterian participants came from Brick Presbyterian Church, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Huguenot Memorial Church (Presbyterian), and The Presbyterian Church in Westfield

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August 11, 2011

Celebrate the International Day of Peace, Group 4

A group from the Youth Making a Difference seminar shares their ideas on how to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, in partnership with Givat Haviva, hosted this interfaith, international youth event on August 1, 2011. Participating in the day long event were Israeli Arab and Israeli Jewish youth who are part of Givat Haviva's Through Others' Eyes project. Presbyterian participants came from Brick Presbyterian Church, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Huguenot Memorial Church (Presbyterian), and The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

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August 11, 2011

Celebrate the International Day of Peace, Group 3

A group from the Youth Making a Difference seminar shares their ideas on how to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, in partnership with Givat Haviva, hosted this interfaith, international youth event on August 1, 2011. Participating in the day long event were Israeli Arab and Israeli Jewish youth who are part of Givat Haviva's Through Others' Eyes project. Presbyterian participants came from Brick Presbyterian Church, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Huguenot Memorial Church (Presbyterian), and The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

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August 11, 2011

Celebrate the International Day of Peace, Group 2

A group from the Youth Making a Difference seminar shares their ideas on how to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, in partnership with Givat Haviva, hosted this interfaith, international youth event on August 1, 2011. Participating in the day long event were Israeli Arab and Israeli Jewish youth who are part of Givat Haviva's Through Others' Eyes project. Presbyterian participants came from Brick Presbyterian Church, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Huguenot Memorial Church (Presbyterian), and The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

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August 11, 2011

Celebrate the International Day of Peace, Group 1

A group from the Youth Making a Difference seminar shares their ideas on how to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, in partnership with Givat Haviva, hosted this interfaith, international youth event on August 1, 2011. Participating in the day long event were Israeli Arab and Israeli Jewish youth who are part of Givat Haviva's Through Others' Eyes project. Presbyterian participants came from Brick Presbyterian Church, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Huguenot Memorial Church (Presbyterian), and The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

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August 1, 2011

Interfaith international youth event

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, in partnership with Givat Haviva, hosted "Youth Making a Difference" an interfaith, international youth event on August 1, 2011.

Participating in the day long event were Israeli Arab and Israeli Jewish youth who are part of Givat Haviva's Through Others' Eyes project. Presbyterian participants came from Brick Presbyterian Church, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Huguenot Memorial Presbyterian Church, and the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

The 35 young people had the opportunity to meet and get to know one another. They toured the UN and heard a speaker about the UN's youth work ...

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August 1, 2011

Palestine and the United Nations

Indications are that the Palestinians plan to apply for membership in the United Nations for the State of Palestine.

The UN Security Council held its regular quarterly open debate on the Middle East on July 26, 2011. This discussion included a focus on the Israel and Palestine.

Security Council Report is an independent not-for-profit organisation that works to provide consistent, balanced, high-quality information about the activities of the United Nations Security Council and its subordinate bodies to a wide group of stakeholders and the general public. They issued a report that contains information about the July 26 Security Council meeting ...

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July 28, 2011

A reminder

I led morning prayers at the Church Center for the United Nations on Thursday morning. I shared a story about a member of the Communion of Saints - Samuel Johnson. I was reading the Bible, not Boswell. I met Samuel in Orangeburg, SC some fifteen years ago. It was good to remember him.

During the service, those present were invited to pray. The prayers touched on a variety of concerns - the Horn of Africa, the deadlock on the debt ceiling in the United States, family with illness, friends who had died, Norway, Sudan and South Sudan, Malawi, human rights and religious ...

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July 27, 2011

Official summary of UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East and Palestine

Below is the official summary from the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East and the question of Palestine held yesterday.

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6590th meeting of the Security Council

The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

The agenda was adopted without objection.

The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Bangladesh, Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Pakistan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, at their request, to participate in ...

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July 26, 2011

UN Security Council holds open debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

The United Nations Security Council held an open debate on the situation in the Middle East and the question of Palestine today.  Below are links to background information and statements made in the Council:

Security Council Report: Israel-Palestine

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry

Uganda 

Israel

Press Question and Answer- Palestine

United States

Links to additional statements will be posted when they become available.

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July 7, 2011

No peace for one, no peace for all

Religions for Peace International provides this recap of a meeting attended by staff from the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations:

On June 27, 2011 Religions for Peace International hosted an interreligious discussion at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York on “Challenges and Opportunities of Tradition and Change in the Middle East and the Holy Land” with His Beatitude Archbishop Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and Co-President of Religions for Peace. The Patriarch stated “There is no peace for one, if there is no peace for all.” He shared a view dear to Religions for ...

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June 22, 2011

Is God calling you to serve as an Ecumenical Accompanier in Palestine and Israel?

Panel presentation on EAPPIEcumenical Accompaniers (EAs) play a key role in efforts pursuing a just peace in Israel and Palestine. EAs provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. EAs come from around the world and are part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel of the World Council of Churches. 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.

Presbyterian Clark Scalera served with the ...

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June 15, 2011

PC(USA) Middle East Monitoring Group releases Kairos Palestine Study Guide

From the Presbyterian News Service:

Fulfilling a portion of its mandate by the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Middle East Monitoring Group (MEMG) has finished its work on a study guide for the Kairos Palestine document.

According to the MEMG’s preamble to the study guide, it “is designed for ordinary Presbyterians, who may have little experience with the plight of Palestinian Christians or the dynamics of the larger Israeli-Palestinian struggle, to better understand what our sisters and brothers in Christ from that region are experiencing and saying about faith and life in ...

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May 27, 2011

A Jerusalem Prayer - May 29, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011 begins the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2011. Here is a prayer for that day from the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem: Isaiah 2:1-5; 11:9 “In days to come the mountain of the Lord's...

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April 29, 2011

Resources for World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

Here are some resources to use or adapt for the week of advocacy and action for a just peace in Palestine and Israel sponsored by the World Council of Churches on May 29 - June 4. The Jerusalem Prayer for...

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April 25, 2011

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

The World Council of Churches invites member churches and related organizations to join a week of advocacy and action for a just peace in Palestine and Israel on May 29 - June 4. Congregations and individuals around the globe who...

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April 21, 2011

Accompanying Clark: A Brief Tour of Hebron

Check out Accompanying Clark: A Brief Tour of Hebron Clark Scalera reflects on his service in Hebron with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. Clark is a Presbyterian minister who served in Hebron from October to December of...

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April 19, 2011

Easter Message 2011 from the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem

14 Apr 2011 Alleluia! Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia! We, the Heads of Churches of the Holy City of Jerusalem bring you our greetings and our joy in the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and...

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April 14, 2011

Skyping the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

This evening brought a milestone on my technological journey. I had Skyped before . . . in fact there were several Skype conversations today alone. But at about 8:20 Eastern time, as had been carefully prearranged, my Skype came to...

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February 22, 2011

Presbyterians at CSW55 - 21 February 2011

About 30 Presbyterians will attend the Commission on the Status of Women. This participation is a partnership between Presbyterian Women, Racial Ethnic Young Women Together, the National Network of Presbyterian College Women, and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations....

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February 19, 2011

United States vetoes Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements

From the United Nations News Centre: United States vetoes Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements. The proposed resolution was consistent with previous Security Council resolutions on the settlements and statements of the United States. It was also consistent with statements...

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February 19, 2011

Prayers for a Saturday morning . . .

and other times . . . Pray for the people of . . . Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Libya and other countries who call for change . . . Uganda who are vote . . . Palestine and Israel who stand...

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January 5, 2011

Accompaniment in Palestine and Israel

Become a Facebook friend of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) and learn about this important ministry. From the EAPPI Web page comes the following description: The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) brings internationals...

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December 10, 2010

The hopes and fears of all the years

Reprinted from the Presbyterian News Service: Louisville The following statement is from Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the General Assembly Mission Council. Each December Presbyterians join...

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November 18, 2010

Accompanying Clark

Accompanying Clark. Follow Presbyterian Clark Scalera as he serves with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.

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October 9, 2010

Accompaniment in Palestine and Israel

Presbyterian Clark Scalera is serving with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. His team is based in Hebron. Follow his service and witness on his blog. Pray for a just peace for the people of Israel and Palestine.

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September 4, 2010

To believe a just peace is possible

As direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians begin, the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Rev. Gradye Parsons, sent a letter to President Obama expressing appreciation for the president's work toward a just and peaceful solution to the...

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September 3, 2010

Pray for peace talks for Israel, Palestine

Download Litany for the Peace Talks The litany is from the Cathedral of St. George the Martyr in Jerusalem. It is intended to support those engaged in peace talks for Israel and Palestine. The Rev'd Canon Robert D. Edmunds, Chaplain...

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September 1, 2010

Letter on restarting direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians

Christian leaders, including the heads of denominations, have sent President Obama a letter that supports his efforts to help restart direction negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Among the signers is the Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church...

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July 11, 2010

Hope for peace shared

From the Presbyterian News Service:A pre-assembly conference Friday on peace in the Middle East helped set the stage for the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). “Shalom, Salaam, and Peace: One Hope, Two Peoples, Three Faith Traditions”...

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May 25, 2010

Worship materials for World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

May 29 through June 4, 2010 is designated the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel by the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches. Here are liturgical materials for the week: The Heads of Churches in...

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May 25, 2010

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

From the World Council of Churches In countries across six continents, religious communities, people of faith, human rights and peace organizations are preparing to mark the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel from May 29 to June 4, 2010....

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May 17, 2010

The Jerusalem prayer for Sunday, 30 May 2010

The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem invite churches around the world to pray with them on Sunday, May 30, 2010. Introduction We believe that every human being is created in God’s image and likeness and that every one's dignity is...

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May 7, 2010

Pursuing Peace Together: Working for Reconciliation in the Holy Land

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) 2010 Advocacy Conference You are invited to CMEP's 2010 Advocacy Conference to learn, increase your skills, network and advocate for peace with justice in the Holy Land. The conference will be June 13th -...

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May 4, 2010

Indonesia seeks ratification of the CTBT

Indonesia announced today that it will seek ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, dropping its demand that it would only do so after United States had ratified the landmark agreement. The announcement marks the most significant non-proliferation commitment by...

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April 19, 2010

Dry Land, Living Stones: Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:00am - 8:00pm Presbyterian United Nations Office 777 United Nations Plaza, 7th Floor New York, NY Human beings face increasingly complex challenges as the world confronts issues like climate change, hunger and poverty, and conflict. This...

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March 8, 2010

Middle East Study Committee, Part II

"Witness of the Scriptures: A Biblical Theological Reflection" a section of the report, Breaking down the Walls from the Presbyterian Church's Middle East Study Committee is now available. The introduction and letters to eight parties with whom Presbyterians are engaged...

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February 4, 2010

Kairos Palestine Document

Members of Catholic , Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican and Baptist traditions in the Palestinian Christian community issued a statement in Bethlehem on December 11 called the "Kairos Palestine Document". Many of these brothers and sisters in Christ are partners of...

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February 3, 2010

Support development in Palestine

"They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat of their fruit." Isaiah 65:21 This Biblical vision, which has consistently guided the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s work in both Israel and Palestine, provides a context for Commissioners’...

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December 19, 2009

Palestinian Christians call for just peace

On December 11, Palestinian Christian Leaders released a statement commonly called the Kairos Palestine Document. The ceremony that launched the document took place at the International Center of Bethlehem and was attended by over fifty people, included members of the...

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November 9, 2009

Urge Balance in U.S. Denunciation of Israeli and Palestinian Violence

From the Presbyterian Washington Office: The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution that will block "any further consideration" of the Goldstone report. The detailed report found credible evidence of war crimes by Israeli forces and Hamas in...

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November 1, 2009

UN General Assembly to consider UN probe into Gaza conflict

The United Nations General Assembly will meet on November 4 to consider the report [PDF] of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. The Mission was appointed on April 3, 2009 “to investigate all violations of international human...

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September 30, 2009

Call for strong U.S. leadership II

Churches for Middle East Peace offers an opportunity to join the call for strong U.S. leadership to achieve toward a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Prominent Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other leaders issued a statement on...

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September 25, 2009

Call for strong U.S. leadership

Prominent Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other leaders issued a statement on September 22 calling for strong U.S. leadership [PDF] to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The statement was drafted by Churches for Middle East...

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September 21, 2009

Is peace possible?

Is Peace with Justice Possible in Israel/Palestine? The Joining Hands for Justice, Atlanta/Palestine Committee and the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Peacemaking Committee will sponsor an event that explores that question on Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm...

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September 20, 2009

Report on Gaza conflict

The United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Conflict in Gaza has released its report. [PDF] The mission was appointed on April 3 "to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that might have been...

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August 12, 2009

Denomination Heads respond to evictions in East Jerusalem

Last week, Heads of Denomination from the Board of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) responded to the forced eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah section of East Jerusalem. A letter sent to Secretary of...

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August 7, 2009

Daily life in Gaza

Daily Life in Gaza: Conditions on the Ground & Implications for the Peace Process Churches for Middle East Peace Network Conference Call with Mitchell Plitnick ~Wednesday, August 12, 2009~ Call begins: 2pm ET/1pm CT/12pm MT/11am PT HOW TO CALL IN:...

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July 27, 2009

Act now for peace for Israel/Palestine

The following invitation to engage in advocacy on behalf of a just peace for Israel and Palestine during the summer Congressional recess comes from the July 21, 2009 Witness in Washington Weekly (PDF) by the Presbyterian Washington Office. Following President...

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July 12, 2009

Jewish Fast for Gaza

Ta'anit Tzedek--Jewish Fast for Gaza The Fast for Gaza is an ad hoc group of rabbis, Jews, and people of conscience who have committed to undertake a monthly daytime fast in support of the following goals: 1. To call for...

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June 7, 2009

Seek peace in the Middle East

President Obama's visit to Cairo and Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit to Washington have again focused the attention of the world on the Middle East. Churches for Middle East Peace offer the opportunity to sign an ecumenical letter to President Obama...

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May 25, 2009

Support U.S. action on Middle East peace

Churches for a Middle East Peace invites us to send an email to President Obama. Let him know that American Christians support robust U.S. diplomacy to establish a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel and foster a more peaceful and secure...

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April 11, 2009

Pursue peace for Israelis and Palestinians

Churches for Middle East Peace invites messages to President Obama thanking him for his strong support for a two-state solution and for making clear that both Israel and the Palestinians have responsibilities in the pursuit of peace. In our messages,...

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March 31, 2009

April 2009 Security Council Report

Security Council Report has issued its Monthly Forecast Report (PDF) for April 2009 that previews issues likely to be considered in the UN Security Council during the month. These include: Sudan - The mandate for the United Nations Mission in...

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February 26, 2009

Urge Obama administration efforts for peace in Israel and Palestine

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a long tradition of ministry in Israel and Palestine. This tradition has been expressed, and is currently expressed in a variety of ways including direct ministry, support for our church partners, and advocacy. The 218th...

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January 8, 2009

All Violence Must Stop

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons has issued a statement on the Gaza-Israel Crisis. The statement begins: "Whether Jew, Muslim, or Christian, we share commandments of love for God and neighbor. Therefore, all violence in Gaza, Israel, and the...

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December 31, 2008

Presbyterian leaders speak to the situation in Gaza and Israel

The leaders of the Presbyterian Church have issued a brief statement on the violence in Gaza and Israel. December 30, 2008 Even as we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, we are anguished by stories of violence and...

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December 30, 2008

For the People of Gaza

The United Nations reports that 320 people have died in Gaza since Saturday, December 27. In that same time period, the BBC cites Israeli sources indicating that 110 rockets have been fired into Israel resulting in the deaths of 2...

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December 30, 2008

Act for Peace in Gaza

Violence continues in Gaza - the violence of Hamas rockets and the violence of the Israel Defense Forces and the violence of the blockade of Gaza. Inspired by the nonviolent Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace, Christians trust that...

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December 28, 2008

Pray for Gaza

As rockets fly from Gaza As airplanes pound Gaza As the blockade tightens its noose on Gaza It is a time to pray for Palestinians to pray for Israelis to pray for victims of violence to pray for those who...

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December 6, 2008

More on Prayers with Bethlehem, Israel, Palestine

An earlier posting addressed the new tradition of praying for justice, peace and security for Bethlehem, Palestine and Israel. The email messages go to the Arab Educational Institute (also known as AEI-Open Windows). Their email address is aei@p-ol.com. AEI-Open Windows...

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November 15, 2008

Jerusalem Women Speak

If you are in the Washington, DC area on November 23, you might want to check out the event Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision. The event will take place at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church from...

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May 29, 2008

Pray for Bethlehem

Bethlehem participants in a global week of church advocacy invite individuals and groups around the world to send them wishes and prayers for peace. Incoming emails will be shared with parishes, schools and organizations in Bethlehem and Jerusalem as part...

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