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Special Action Alert: Support U.S. Funding of Augusta Victoria Hospital

Support U.S. Funding of Augusta Victoria Hospital! Take action today. Background President Joe Biden visited Augusta Victoria Hospital on July 15 as part of a two-day presidential visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Biden’s visit to the hospital was...

President Biden visits Augusta Victoria Hospital

The United States President Joe Biden visited the LWF-operated Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) on the morning of Friday July 15. The visit was part of a two-day presidential visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Biden’s visit to the hospital...

ELCA Bishops Write to Congress about Augusta Victoria Hospital Funding

  On May 18, ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton and 44 ELCA synod bishops wrote to Congress about their concerns related to the funding of Augusta Victoria Hospital. Read the full letter here: ELCA Bishops’ letter to Congress concerning US funding...

Join Bishop Eaton in speaking out about Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing

May 19, 2022 Presiding Bishop Eaton wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken to express her “profound shock and sadness concerning the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin, the West Bank, on May 11 and the deplorable...

ALAMEH, ELCJHL, and WCC respond to killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Association of Lutherans of Arab and Middle Eastern Heritage (ALAMEH) “The Association of Lutherans of Arab and Middle Eastern Heritage are calling on our church to be informed of the reality regarding war crimes against Palestinians. We cannot tolerate or...

Heads of Churches of Jerusalem speak out on Illegal Seizure of Little Petra Hotel

On April 4, 2022 the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem released this statement: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.” (Psalm 122:6–7)...

Heads of churches in Holy Land voice objection to Mount of Olives being included in national park

  After heads of churches in the Holy Land voiced their objections to a proposal to expand Jerusalem Walls National Park to include property owned by several churches in the city, Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority announced on February 21...

Statement on the Current Threat to the Christian Presence in the Holy Land

  On December 13, 2021 the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem issued a Statement on the Current Threat to the Christian Presence in the Holy Land.  

Tell the President: Increased settlement activity undermines peace prospects

Take Action Today While considerable attention was rightly being given last month to the Israeli government’s attacks on six prominent Palestinian human rights groups, Israel was also stepping up its plans to expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem....

Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine

  Join us this Advent Season on the WAY to Bethlehem: Prepare, Journey, Arrive, Witness Are you looking for an Advent resource for your home or church? The Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine is up and ready for you to use!...