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Preaching after Nakba Day

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the Catastrophe, when Israel occupied Palestine in 1948 displacing at least 750,000 Palestinians from their homes. Yesterday also marks the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the deadliest day in Gaza since the War on Gaza in 2014.

Where Is Resurrection This Week?

In this fifth week of Easter, I am reminded that resurrection--and hope--does not always come easy. From the lectionary texts for this Sunday to the current events of the last week, there are signs of resurrection and hope yet we must look into the despair and death in the world to find them sprouting up.

Banned for Nonviolent Resistance: Israel's Un-Democratic Move

Over the weekend, Israel announced that they had a list of 20 organizations whose members are banned from entering the country. The organizations all have one thing in common: they support the use of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) as a nonviolent way to resist the occupation and hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law.

Statement on Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

We are heartbroken and angry at Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Legislation Targeting Support for Palestinian Human Rights is a Threat to Free Speech

A message from faith communities in the United States (This ad ran in the Kansas City Star on November 7, 2017):  
 

Broad Progressive Coalition Marches on UN to Protest Netanyahu-Trump Alliance

Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump’s addresses to the UN General Assembly, over 200 New Yorkers from a broad coalition of progressive movements - led by American Muslims for Palestine-NJ, Jewish Voice for Peace-NYC, and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship - marched before the UN in protest of their shared policies of racism and xenophobia.

Anger & Nonviolence: A Sermon on September 11

This sermon was preached by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo on Sunday September 11, 2016 at the Northville United Presbyterian Church on Jeremiah 4: 11-28

 

I do not like today.  I do not like September 11th.  

That day brings too many memories to my mind.  

Bad memories, sad memories.

The Sheer Horror of What I've Witnessed

Zaheer Mohiuddin was part of the Interfaith Network for Justice in Palestine delegation in July-August 2017. This delegation was co-sponsored by PPF, American Muslims for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Interfaith Peace Builders. Zaheer continues to reflect on his time in Palestine, and he writes here about several of the people he met who have been arrested or killed since the delegation met them just over a month ago.

Interfaith Delegation Highlights Real Challenges of Peacemaking

We are clear, however, about what the real work of peacemaking entails, and we are proud of the courage and steadfast perseverance this interfaith delegation is showing in meeting with dozens of faith-based organizations, grassroots activists and human rights groups in Israel and the Palestinian territories. They are continuing this work with the intention to learn, witness and co-resist Israeli occupation, displacement and siege with Palestinian and Israeli partners on the ground. They deserve your support.

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