Friday, 27 September 2013

Prayers for Peace in Palestine and Israel

This week the Uniting Church in Australia joined the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum and the World Council of Churches in observing the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel.

"We ask Uniting Church members to join us in a prayer for peace for the Palestinian people," says Rev. Prof Andrew Dutney, President of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly.

"This is an opportunity for us for reflection and advocacy for justice and peace in Palestine and Israel."

As a part of the World Week for Peace, Rev. Prof Dutney met with prominent Palestinian leader and president of the Lutheran World Federation s Bishop Munib Younan to talk about the road to peace for the Palestinian people.

Bishop Younan welcomed next year's National Ministers' Conference in Jerusalem as an opportunity to deepen the friendship and solidarity between Palestinian and Australian Christians.

He also congratulated the Uniting Church Assembly on its stand against Israeli products produced in the Occupied Territories.

"It's time for Palestinians and Israelis to share a just peace," said Rev. Prof Dutney.

The World Week for Peace is an annual observance that encourages churches and individuals to participate in prayer, education and advocacy to end the occupation of Palestine. It has been more than 45 years since the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

 Rev. Prof Dutney and Bishop Younan will meet again later this year at the World Council of Churches Assembly in Busan, Korea in November.

Rev. Prof. Dutney's Ministers' Conference in Jerusalem from 22 to 26 September 2014 will give ministers the opportunity to meet with Palestinian Christian groups and aims to strengthen the fellowship between Australian and Palestinian Christians.

For more information on the National Ministers' Conferences see: http://assembly.uca.org.au/news/item/1418-fresh-words-and-deeds