Tools to Answer the Call
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness (Justice), for theirs is the kindom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me." (Matthew 5:10-11)
The resources below focus on education and understanding. Some explore the history and current situation, while others proclaim the call from Palestinian Christians to 'costly solidarity'. We cannot as Christians simply marvel at the dead ruins of ancient Palestine, but instead must, as Christ calls us, speak out for peace and justice for the 'living stones', the peoples who inhabit the land today.
The Call from Palestinian Christians:
Amman Call, A Moment of Truth, and NCCOP Letter
In 2007 the World Council of Churches (WCC) produced a statement at their gathering in Amman, Jordan calling for peace and justice in the Holy Land. This short document, known as 'the Amman Call' laid the groundwork for churches around the world to take action. In 2009 the leaders of Churches in Jerusalem published "A Moment of Truth", a ground-breaking 'word to the world' about the situation in the Holy Land. Frequently referred to as the 'Kairos Document', they addressed the reality on the ground and drew on biblical teachings to call on the world to help bring justice to the peoples of the Holy Land. Finally in 2017 on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) wrote the NCCOP Letter renewing the call for costly solidarity with Palestine from Churches and Christians around the world.
Mini-Curriculum for High Schools
This mini-unit explores issues justice and peace from the perspective of Churches in Palestine. The curriculum is designed to introduce students in Catholic high schools to the historical and current situation in the Holy Land, while allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of Catholic theologies of social justice. Lessons can be used individually or as a sequential unit.
TRIPS AND PILGRIMAGES
Come and meet the people of the Holy Land. Pray where Jesus taught and walked.
Currently all organizations hosting trips to the Holy Land are on hold due to COVID - 19. Please come back after April 2021
Faith in Action: Long time Christian Peacemaker Team member Father Bob Holmes interviewed by Metta Spencer
Don't miss Father Bob Holmes as he draws from his years of experience in the Holy Land to speak about "Peace Workers in Israel and Palestine" on Metta Spencer's Talk show in this podcast https://link.edgepilot.com/s/b848c6f1/3TnocS61xUWj2qOar985BQ?u=https://youtu.be/OvZbSsmERO0
SABEEL: WAVE OF PRAYER and KUMI NOW
Join with Christians in the Holy Land and worldwide in prayers for peace and justice for Palestinians and Israelis. Prayers are prepared weekly by Sabeel Jerusalem, a Christian social justice organization based in Jerusalem. Kumi Now is an umbrella organization founded by Sabeel which draws together other organizations working for justice in a non-violent way in Palestine. It hosts weekly online gatherings and has a large number of other resources.
CANADIAN FRIENDS OF SABEEL
The Canadian Friends of Sabeel project provides excellent resources from both a Christian and secular perspective. CFOS is "committed to standing in solidarity with Palestinians, and raising awareness in Canada of the struggle of Palestinian Christians while joining all people in Palestine and Israel striving for peace with justice toward reconciliation." The organization takes on the mantle of 'costly solidarity' in answering the call of Palestinian Christians, and provides clear information and suggestions for others to join them in doing the same.
CIDSE describes itself as "an international family of Catholic social justice organizations working for transformational change to end poverty and inequalities, challenging systemic injustice, inequity, destruction of nature and promoting just and environmentally sustainable alternatives." This network provides both Catholic theologies and actions for justice in their efforts to accompany the peoples of the Holy Land in their search for a just peace. Petitions, webinars, and news items are regularly offered and updated on their website cidse.org.
HOW TO FIGHT ANTISEMITISM AND PROMOTE PALESTINIAN RIGHTS
The following brief video from Independent Jewish Voices clearly explains in less than five minutes both the vital importance of fighting antisemitism every day and the equally vital importance of promoting and protecting the human rights of Palestinians.
STUDY GUIDE FOR CHURCHES
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PALESTINE: IN POINT FORM AND PICTURES
Need a brief introduction or review of the history and context in the Holy Land? This downloadable document gives the main points in schematic form with pictures.