an artist’s impression of Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom by Sliman Mansour, a Palestinian artist

Peaceful co-existence: above: an artist’s impression of Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom by Sliman Mansour, a Palestinian artist

In the beginning of January, ELCA bishops from throughout the United States visited the Holy Land.  They visited Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. The visit focused on supporting the mission and ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), learning about what life is like for Israelis and Palestinians, and advocating for peace and justice for all people there.

To learn more about their trip, please see their blog here. You can also read the statements released about their trip here.

The Lutheran churches in the Holy Land and Jordan are doing amazing and reconciling ministry with hospitals, schools and other humanitarian responses for the Palestinian people.  Through the hands and work of these communities, we are participating in responding to the humanitarian crisis, building justice and hope in the midst of violence and despair.

We are also called to work to advocate for a just peace for the people of Palestine and Israel, to challenge systems of oppression, to accompany our brothers and sisters, and to work for a lasting peace and security for all the people of the region.  To learn more about ways to advocate for a just peace, see the ELCA’s campaign called “Peace Not Walls”

I encourage you to write letters and e-mails, to make contributions to support movements for a just peace, and to pray for all the people of this region, that God’s vision of peace and justice might truly be known in that most holy place.

-Pastor Sara

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