For Churches

Why NJP does what it does . . .

An Open Letter to Church Leaders  —  Rev. David Good

published in The Link, a publication of  Americans for Middle East Understanding (ameu.org)

After the tragedy of September 11, 2001 our church’s Board of Deacons met, and we asked ourselves how we should respond. One of the things we resolved was that we needed to redouble our efforts to strengthen our interfaith community. Little did we know then that discussions with our Jewish and Muslim neighbors would lead us right into the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict . . .   [read more . . .]

Why NJP Members are Involved  — Darlene Cox, Ruth Hansen, Bill McGrath, Allison Schmitt

In October of 2011,  four members of NJP gave a presentation to the Northfield Area Interfaith Alliance.  A transcript of their presentations can be found here.  

Let My People Go —  a presentation given by Allison Schmitt in honor the International Day of Peace — Bridge Square, Northfield, MN — September 2014

This has been a rallying cry for people who seek peace and justice ever since it roused the ancient Hebrews to shake off the yoke of slavery in Egypt. For African slaves held in bondage in our country, it became a song that spoke of their yearning for freedom. The old spiritual became new during the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century in the struggle for African-Americans to gain full human rights.

It is also the theme for the World Week for Peace in Palestine/Israel, which begins today. All around the world, people are gathering to inaugurate a week of prayer, advocacy, education and peaceful action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and of a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel.  Read more . . . 

Denomination Websites

American Friends Service Committee:

 http://www.afsc.org/key-issues/campaign/advocating-peace-israel-palestine

Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network: 

http://epfnational.org/PIN/

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Peace Not Walls:  

http://elca.org/en/resources/peace-not-walls

Mennonite:

http://mennopin.wordpress.com/

Methodist:  

http://www.umcmission.org/Explore-Our-Work/Middle-East

 https://www.umhltf.org/UMs_Holy_Land_Task_Force.html

https://www.kairosresponse.org/

Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) Israel-Palestine Mission Network:  

http://www.israelpalestinemissionnetwork.org/main/

Quaker Palestine Israel Network:   

http://qpinblog.wordpress.com/

Reformed Church in America (RCA) Middle East Peacemakers:  rca.org/peacemakers

Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East:  uujme.org

United Church of Christ (UCC) Palestine/Israel Network:   globalministries.org/mee/partners/ucc-palestineisrael-network.html

World Council of Churches:  http://www.oikoumene.org/en/what-we-do/churches-in-the-middle-east,  http://www.oikoumene.org/en/member-churches/middle-east/israel

World Council of Churches World Week for Peace in Palestine / Israel:

 http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/events/world-week-for-peace-in-palestine-israel

 

 Kairos Websites

Kairos Palestine:  www.kairospalestine.ps

This document is the Christian Palestinians’ word to the world about what is happening in Palestine. The document requests the international community to stand by the Palestinian people who have faced oppression, displacement, suffering and clear apartheid for more than six decades. It is a cry of hope, with love, prayer and faith in God. We address it first of all to ourselves and then to all the churches and Christians in the world, asking them to stand against injustice and apartheid, urging them to work for a just peace in our region, calling on them to revisit theologies that justify crimes perpetrated against our people and the dispossession of the land.

Kairos USA:  kairosusa.org

Kairos USA is a movement of US Christians representing the body of Christ in all its diversity wo believe the time is right for decisive action to end the crisis in Israel and Palestine. Its mission is to unify and mobilize American Christians – lay, academic and clergy – to take a prophetic stance for a just peace. In so doing Kairos USA heeds the call of our Palestinian Christian sisters and brothers, who have called us to stand with them in their struggle for freedom.

United Methodist Kairos Response:  kairosresponse.org

 

Advocacy

Christian Peacemaker Teams:  http://www.cpt.org/work/palestine

Churches for Middle East Peace:  http://www.cmep.org/

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel:  http://eappi.org/en

Friends of Sabeel — North America:  http://fosna.org/

Jewish Voice for Peace:   http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/

Sabeel, Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center:  http://www.sabeel.org/

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