What Local Churches Can Do


STUDY RESOURCES

Steadfast Hope: Study Guide & DVD

"Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace" is a booklet with a free companion DVD published by the Presbyterian Church (USA) which challenges common myths and misperceptions about the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, presents a compelling snapshot of the present situation on the ground, and offers a guide to the challenges that lie ahead in the quest for peace. "Steadfast Hope" also gives helpful guidance on how your congregation can contribute to the cause of just peace for the people who share the Holy Land. To order or learn more click here.

Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth

In 2009, a broad spectrum of Palestinian Christian leaders published "Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth", modeled on a similar document which emerged from the Christian churches of South Africa in 1985 under apartheid. The original Kairos Palestine document is addressed to Palestinians, Israelis, the international community, and the churches of the world. It lifts up the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love that lie at the heart of the Christian Gospel, and affirms that resistance to injustice and oppression is firmly grounded in these principles. Individuals and communities are urged to study and endorse the document. Additionally, a number of groups have responded to the call of Kairos Palestine by developing aids facilitating its study by individuals and local communities. These are detailed below.

Read and Endorse the Original Document:  "Kairos Palestine 2009: A Moment of Truth"  

Kairos Palestine Study Plan" "Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth" is a 24-page study published by the Presbyterian Church (USA) pairing the Kairos Palestine document with a three-week study plan providing essential historical, political, and theological context and a list of thought-provoking questions to stimulate reflection and discussion. To order or learn more, click here.

A U.S. Christian Response to the Palestinian Kairos Document

The mission of Kairos USA, an ecumenical movement begun by clergy, theologians, and laity, is to mobilize the churches in the United States to respond faithfully and boldly to the situation in Israel and Palestine. This educational resource includes theological reflections and calls to action.
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GO AND SEE

There is great power in witnessing to the life and experience of others, so for those who are able, we urge a visit to the Holy Land that focuses on the multiple narratives of the region’s peoples. The following organizations provide such trips:

Tree of Life Educational Foundation

MEJDI Tours

Interfaith Peace Builders

. In His Steps: Pathways of Peace

 

BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, AND SANCTIONS (BDS)

In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel until it complies with international law and human rights for Palestinian. This movement is rooted in a long tradition of non-violent popular resistance in Palestine and the belief that non-violent resistance is a legitimate response to oppression as demonstrated by Mahatma Gandhi in India, the Civil Rights movement in the U.S., and aspects of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

A global movement has emerged. Religious groups in the US and Europe have joined the BDS movement in response to the Kairos Palestine’s call.  

To learn more visit:

Palestinian BDS National Committee  

Jewish Voice for Peace 

Coalition of Women for Peace: Who Profits Research Project 

Additional Resources