Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Recommended Congregational Actions for Peace - September 6-7, 2014

The Working Group on the Middle East (WGME) encourages Metro Chicago Synod congregations to continue Bishop Eaton’s recommendation for 60 seconds of silence for peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land.

This minute of silence might be prefaced with the following comments: “Bishop Eaton has encouraged all ELCA congregations to participate in a minute of silence as we together pray for peace in the Holy Land. Although the rockets from Gaza and the Israeli military action have apparently stopped, the whole Middle East is boiling. Bishop Younan, Bishop Eaton’s colleague in Jerusalem has stated, ‘If we cannot take steps toward peace, we will continue to be held hostage by extremism. We need your prophetic voice and support so that peace built on justice and reconciliation built on forgiveness will prevail.’”

We also recommend each Metro Chicago Synod congregation use all communication channels to encourage members to watch YouTube videos from the August 24, 2014 event that was sponsored by the WGME. The event was titled “Two Lutherans report their recent on-the-ground experiences in the West Bank.”

Pastor John Holm spoke about his 5-week experience as a Reservist for Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron. View the YouTube video of John Holm. (See bit.ly/HolmHebron)

Ed Thompson spoke about his 1-week experience interviewing more than 20 Palestinian business-related organizations that are succeeding in spite of the obstacles they face. View the YouTube video of Ed Thompson. (See bit.ly/ThompsonWestBank)