“In the day of my trouble I call on you” — Psalm 86:7 Witnessing the bombardments, hearing the sirens, listening to the cries of mothers and children, seeing the ambulances carrying the wounded and people living in absolute fear, the ELCJHL cries out to God. We also raise our voice to all Christian sisters and … [Read more…]
After three attempts in five weeks, three area bishops were finally allowed to enter Gaza to visit churches and humanitarian projects. Anglican Bishop Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani, ELCJHL Bishop Munib Younan and Greek Catholic Archbishop Elias Chacour made their pastoral visit to Gaza on March 10. Earlier, bishops Dawani and Younan were the only two … [Read more…]
Archbishop Anders Wejryd of the Church of Sweden and ELCJHL Bishop Munib Younan issued a joint statement calling on the Swedish government to take an active role in seeking peace in the Holy Land. They issued their statement after Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt presented that country’s Parliament a declaration stating that peace between Israel … [Read more…]
The World Council of Churches decried the loss of human life and called for greater church engagement in joint efforts for peace in its Feb. 20, 2009, statement on the Gaza war. You can read the statement in full here.
Despite assurances from the Israeli government, ELCJHL Bishop Munib Younan (pictured, at right) and Anglican Bishop Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani (at left) were denied entry to Gaza today. They were traveling with the heads of churches of Jerusalem to visit Christians in the region. The two are the only Palestinians in the group and the … [Read more…]
Following an invitation from Peace Not Walls staff, on January 5 Lutheran filmmaker Tim Frakes donated his time and expertise for two website and video production workshops for high school students at schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL). Ten students, a teacher, a volunteer, and a principal attended … [Read more…]
Statement on Gaza by Jorge Sampaio, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Read the document.
Two important statements were released this week calling for an end to the spiraling violence in Israel/Palestine and a cease-fire in Gaza: Lutheran World Federation Calls for End to Self-Destructive Cycle International NGOs Call for Immediate, Formal Cease-Fire in Gaza
Sunday, Feb. 17 – Arabic newspapers throughout Palestine carried the story today of Bishop Younan’s condemnation of the recent bombing of the Gaza YMCA. A rough translation of the Al Quds story follows: Bishop Munib Younan has denounced the ugly crime that took place recently in Gaza, the bombing of the library of the YMCA. … [Read more…]