Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Recommended Congregational Actions for Peace - August 30-31, 2014

We will be continuing Advocacy recommendations through September.

This week we continue our recommendations for Metropolitan Chicago Synod congregations.

PRAY - As Israel and Palestine seek to bring a halt to the violence in Gaza, please offer prayers for all of us to search our hearts: what is our role in being peacemakers? how do we contribute, through sins of commission and omission, to the perpetuation of the conflict there?

LEARN - Turn to the recent lectionary reading from Psalm 124 ("If the Lord had not been on our side / let Israel say / if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us . . . ."). Use BibleStudyTools.com or other learning resources to explore the distinction between historical Israel and 21st century political Israel. Think about what Psalm 124 suggests to us about "whose side God is on" in the current conflict in Israel/Palestine, and other conflicts taking place in the world.

ACT - As our thoughts turn to the start of a new academic year and the academic plans of the young people in our communities, MCS congregations are encouraged to look at the description of the Metro Chicago Young Adult Holy Land Trip 2015, and to think about encouraging someone from your congregation to participate: online at bit.ly/HolyLand2015 . Your support of this program can help plant the seeds for a peaceful future!
Rev. Joanne Fitzgerald, WGME Convener