Kairos USA is a movement of U.S. Christians representing the body of Christ in all its diversity who believe the time is right for decisive action to end the crisis in Israel and Palestine. Its mission is to unify and mobilize American Christians – lay, academic and clergy – to take a prophetic stance for a just peace. In so doing we heed the call of our Palestinian Christian sisters and brothers, who have called us to stand with them in their struggle for freedom. After decades of occupation by Israel, Palestinian Christians released the Kairos Palestine document, “A moment of truth: A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering” — their word to the world about what is happening in their ancestral land. Since the document’s launch in December 2009, churches around the world have responded at congregational, denominational and ecumenical levels. People of all faiths throughout the world, including peace activists, historians and journalists in the State of Israel have joined the churches in support of a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land.
“Call to Action: U.S. Response to the Kairos Palestine Document — A word of confession and faith from the churches in the United States” is our response to the Palestinian call and our founding statement. In taking a bold, prophetic stand for justice in the Holy Land, we are also expressing our love for our sisters and brothers in Israel who for their entire history as a state have been suffering from the social, psychological and spiritual costs of militarization and war itself. There is an urgent need to support nonviolent resistance to oppression on the part of Palestinian and Israeli civil society and to continue to build the growing international grassroots movement that will break the current political logjam.
Watch the video presented at the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in Bethlehem: