Episcopalian group seeks ‘justice side of history’

BDS signAs the Episcopal Church approaches its 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City this June, a new group has formed to advocate for a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land.

The Episcopal Committee for Justice in Israel and Palestine has issued a statement and resolution calling on the church to recognize the new political realities in Israel/Palestine and to adjust its policies to ensure it does not profit from human rights abuses and the suffering of Palestinians.

Kairos USA Executive Director Mark Braverman is grateful to see the Episcopalian adding momentum to denominationally-based grassroots efforts to bring their churches’ financial policies into line with their professed values on human rights. Read more in his recent blog.

‘Voices’ video debuts at Kairos LA conference

Back in April, those gathering for the Kairos USA Los Angeles Conference had a chance to hear from some of our friends in Palestine. Palestinians eager to have the American church join their movement for justice and human rights spoke directly to the gathering via a powerful video called “Voices From Palestine,” which we share below.

Paul and Lana Norton, who lead a Middle East Peace Task Force associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, created the video specifically for the LA conference using video clips of their own and from friends. Diane Dulins, Director of Church Participation for Kairos USA, has a full report on the conference here.