Middle East

  • Prayer for 10th Anniversary of Kairos Palestine (5/15/2019) - This prayer in honor of the 10th anniversary of Kairos Palestine was written by Rev. Annanda Barclay, the Associate Pastor at first Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, California. She also serves on the board of More Light Presbyterians and was a delegate on the 2017 Interfaith Network for Justice in Palestine Delegation. 71 years ago … Read More
  • Confronting Christian Zionism, Islamophobia, and Antisemitism (3/26/2019) - This reflection comes to us from Elizabeth Welliver, PPF Activist Council member and first year MDiv student at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Last month, I shared an image on Facebook of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar with the statement: “We Stand with Ilhan. Palestine will be free.” The powerful image centers Congresswoman Omar, a Black Somali-American Muslim woman in … Read More
  • Preaching after Nakba Day (5/15/2018) - 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. Monday we awoke to … Read More
  • Where Is Resurrection This Week? (5/1/2018) - 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. … Read More
  • Banned for Nonviolent Resistance: Israel’s Un-Democratic Move (1/9/2018) - Over the weekend, Israel announced that they had a new list of 20 organizations whose members are banned from entering the country. The organizations from several different countries who 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 … Read More