11097WCC NEWS: Living Letters team to visit Israel and Palestine
- Mar 5, 2009LIVING LETTERS TEAM TO VISIT ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
Peace-building initiatives and housing and education issues will be
highlighted when a team of ecumenical representatives from around the world
visits churches, ecumenical organizations and civil society movements in
Israel and Palestine from 7 to 14 March.
Organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) as part of the
Letters initiative, the visit reflects the WCC's focus on the troubled
region, where it sees the ongoing presence and witness of churches as
crucial in the struggle for a just peace.
Although they are a minority in Israel and Palestine, Christians are active
and visible in public life. The delegation will learn about the role of the
churches in the area, including the work of the Ecumenical Accompaniment
Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The EAPPI aims to work alongside
Palestinians and Israelis in their nonviolent actions for peace and to carry
out concerted advocacy efforts to end the Israeli military occupation of
The visit will include meetings with Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders,
human rights groups (both Palestinian and Israeli) and ecumenical
organizations, as well as an exposure to the conditions of life under
occupation and successful community projects in the area.
The international team will be hosted by the Jerusalem Inter-Church Centre,
an initiative of the Jerusalem churches in association with the Middle East
Council of Churches and the WCC. The Centre is a coordination point for
ecumenical action in and for Jerusalem and its churches.
The members of the ecumenical delegation are:
* Metropolitan of Transylvania Prof. Dr Laurentiu Streza, Romanian
* Fr. Dr. Emanuel Clapsis, Ecumenical Patriarchate, USA
* Prof. Dr. Nancy Cardoso, Igreja Metodista do Brazil
* Ms Margareta Brosnan, CARITAS, Australia
* Mrs Nancy Adams, Scottish Episcopal Church
* Dr Aruna Gnanadason, Executive Director, Planning and Integration
* Ms Emma Halgren, WCC Intern - Communication
* Mr Ciprian Ioan Streza, Romanian Orthodox Church
The international ecumenical solidarity visit to Palestine/Israel is part of
the WCC <http://overcomingviolence.org/iepc/living-letters-visits.html>
Living Letters initiative. Living Letters are small ecumenical teams
visiting a country to listen, learn, share approaches and help to confront
challenges in order to overcome violence, promote and pray for peace. Until
2010, several Living Letters visits take place each year throughout the
world in the context of the WCC's <http://overcomingviolence.org/> Decade
to Overcome Violence in order to prepare for the
d-concepts.html> I! nternational Ecumenical Peace Convocation to be held in
Jamaica in 2011.
Media contact in Jerusalem: Yusef Daher, phone: +972 50 554 5179.
Sixty Years of WCC Policy on Palestine/Israel, 1948-2007 (in brief)
WCC member churches in Israel/Palestine
Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel
Middle East Council of Churches
Churches in the Middle East: solidarity and witness for peace
Additional information: Juan Michel,+41 22 791 6153 +41 79 507 6363
The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and
service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches
founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox,
Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in
over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.
The WCC general secretary is Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, from the Methodist Church
in Kenya. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
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For immediate release - 05/03/2009 16:42:00
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