The World Council of Churches is inviting member churches and related organizations to join a week of advocacy, education and prayer for a just peace in Palestine and Israel. Participants will help make a common international public witness in late May and early June 2010.
The tragic events in Israel and Palestine continue to call people of faith and goodwill to respond. Those who share the hope of justice are invited to take peaceful actions, together.
See The Message for World Week for Peace 2010
in the right hand column on this page.
Who are you joining?Churches, specialized ministries and parishes in some 40 countries, plus the Pax Christi International network and World Vision International. Jerusalem's churches and related organizations in Palestine and Israel are at the center of the initiative.
Volunteers and veterans of the WCC's Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme are involved. Sabeel is a member of the planning group.
A growing circle of participants now reaches five continents -- Australia, Philippines, South Africa, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Israel-Palestine. More are welcome and needed.
What for?To promote a just peace, together.
During one week, churches in different countries send a clear signal to policy-makers, the public, and their own parishes about the urgent need for a peace settlement that secures the legitimate rights and future of both peoples. Participants are requested to plan their activities around these points:
1. Pray with churches living under occupation,
using a special prayer from Jerusalem.
2. Educate about actions that make for peace and about facts
on the ground that do not, especially settlements in occupied territory.
3. Advocate with political leaders using ecumenical policies
that promote peace with justice.
Why?To seek justice for Palestinians so that both Israelis and Palestinians can finally live in peace. It is now more than 60 years since the partition of Palestine hardened into a permanent nightmare for Palestinians. It's more than 40 years since the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza overwhelmed the peaceful vision of one land, two peoples. Yet the dream of one nation cannot be fulfilled at the expense of another.
The action week's message is that now 'It's Time for Palestine: It's time for Palestinians and Israelis to share a just peace; time for freedom from occupation; time for equal rights; and time for the healing of wounded souls."
How?Participants lobby their legislators, visit foreign ministries, hold public forums and plant olive trees. World Week for Peace 2010 includes prayer vigils, special services, and meetings with Muslim and Jewish people on the urgent shared need for a just peace.
See Resource List below.
o Engage in prayer, education and advocacy to raise local and national church voices for peace.
o Join parishes around the world in prayer with Palestinian Christians on Sunday, 30 May, using prayers from the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, Palestinians and Christians worldwide. (Prayer and other resources are available at www.worldweekforpeace.org).
o Educate your parish, community and/or public officials about the reality of the conflict and the need for peace. Make use of the action week message 'It's Time for Palestine' (column on the right). Spanish, French, Dutch, German and other versions are available.
o For further information, or to share details about your plans for World Week 2010, please contact Rev. John Calhoun, the convenor of World Week 2010, by email at email@example.com.
29 May - 4 June 2010.
It's time for Palestine. It's time for peace.
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