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Israel/Palestine task group

In response to the 2016 General Assembly resolution on Israel and Palestine, mission committee set up an Israel/Palestine task group. The report of its recommendations went to the 2018 General Assembly.

 

Image credit: © Philip Brooks

Educational Visit to Israel & Palestine 18-28 September 2019

Following the work of the Israel/Palestine Task Group on behalf of Mission Committee, a final report was completed for General Assembly 2018. The central recommendation of the report was for a denominational visit to the region, which will take place in late September this year.

This will be a guided, educational visit, exploring parts of Israel, the occupied West Bank, annexed East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The aim is to learn about their peoples, religions, politics and cultures. There will be a particular focus on meeting with Palestinian Christians, in order to appreciate the immense challenges faced by the indigenous churches and their members. The visit will explore some of the principal historical sites relating to the Abrahamic faiths. There will be periods of reflection and bible study throughout, and especially by the Sea of Galilee towards the end of the visit. Experienced guides will accompany the party.

The selection process has been completed, and the group, made up of ministers, elders. lay preachers and leaders, will include one representative from each synod, URC Youth, Global and Intercultural Ministries, Commitment for Life and Reform. There will be three leaders plus General Assembly Moderator, Derek Estill. For most of the applicants, this will be their first visit to the region. There will be time set aside for participants to prepare in advance with dedicated webinars. Each applicant has given a commitment to share the experience and learning from the visit widely within their synod on return.

 

Exhibition of Hope for Israel and Palestine

At General Assembly in 2018, we were delighted to host the World Council of Churches’ 12 Faces of Hope exhibition. Two years previously, Assembly resolved to increase our collective awareness of the situation in Israel and Palestine, focusing on: dialogue and action; peace building; justice and security for all.

The exhibition is just one response to this call. It represents a strong and touching expression of hope for justice and peace through the personal stories of 12 Palestinians and Israelis who all are victims of the occupation.

Since General Assembly, the pictures have been exhibited in several churches as well as the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland AGM. It is due to be shown at Wessex October Synod.

If you are interested in hosting this exhibition in your church or at a specific meeting, do please contact: carole.sired@urc.org.uk. The pictures are A1 in size, mounted in 12 click frames and easily transportable. The exhibition is available free of charge apart from minimal costs for its transportation.

12 Faces

 

 

 

 

Invest in Peace

The URC is proud to support the Israeli-Palestinian ‘Invest in Peace’ initiative which is organised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). Peter Colwell, Deputy General Secretary of CTBI, reflects here on four Invest in Peace Events with Palestinian Yasser Khaldi and Israeli Meron Guttel.

Linda Rayner, URC Fresh Expressions Coordinator, attended a Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) peace event in Manchester on 12 November 2018 and reports on it here.