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ELCA joins letter to President Elect Biden on Israel and Palestine

On December 11, 2020 the ELCA joined 16 Christian denominations and organizations in calling for the incoming Biden administration to change the course of U.S. policy and undertake renewed efforts to bring peace to the Holy Land. The letter requests...

Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine

  ADVENT SERIES ANNOUNCEMENT During the Advent season we often talk a lot about the Holy Land of the past without talking much about the Holy Land of the present. What is going on in Bethlehem today? How are we...

Video Message from Presiding Bishop Eaton on Annexation

Liberation Not Annexation | ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton In response to the government of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank, Bishop Eaton calls on the church to accompany the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the...

COCOP Statement on the Annexation Plans of the Israeli Government

A Statement from the Partners of the ELCJHL “They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, ‘Peace, Peace,” when there is no peace.” – Jeremiah 6:14 The international partners of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the...

Tracking ELCA, ELCJHL and LWF Annexation Responses in 2020

The ELCA, ELCJHL and LWF continue to respond to Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank. Here are the statements and actions taken so far in 2020.   You can take action: Send your members of Congress a...

Cry for Hope

On July 1 Kairos Palestine and Global Kairos for Justice, a worldwide coalition born in response to the Kairos Palestine “Moment of Truth: a word of faith, hope, and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering,” issued an urgent call...

Annexation will undermine peace in Middle East

Ecumenical organizations warn Israel’s planned action would further damage hopes for justice and lasting peace (LWI) – Leading ecumenical organizations are urging the international community to oppose Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), together with the World Council of Churches...

Amplifying the Message in Word and Deed: Liberation not Annexation

By Kathryn Mary Lohre The government of Israel has declared its intention to annex West Bank settlements and the Jordan Valley, as soon as July 1. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu depends on the backing of the US presidential administration...

Invitation to join ELCA Anti-Racism Pledge

We invite you to join the ELCA Anti-Racism Pledge. Peace Not Walls is the ELCA’s campaign for peace with justice in Israel and Palestine. It is crucial here that we talk about peace with justice. There is no peace without...

No To Annexation

ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton joined 26 faith leaders in a June 2nd letter to Congress about the annexation of West Bank land by Israel. The letter states, “As of this writing, there is no evidence that President Trump and his...