Prophetic 2017 church actions and Focus on Gaza
Presbyterian Church poised to take prophetic action

The church that is fully alive, wrote Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is the church that is living, confessing, and struggling."  This year at its General Assembly in St. Louis, the Presbyterian Church of the USA is again poised to take the lead in the struggle to bring prophetic witness and bold action in support of the Palestinian liberation struggle. Anna Baltzer of the  US Campaign for Palestinian Rights   puts it well:
"For years, through leadership from the Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN), the Presbyterian Church (USA) has taken bold stands on boycotts, divestment, sanctions, water justice, Israel's apartheid wall, protection of children, administrative detention, collective punishment, torture, home demolitions, and more. At every General Assembly, the Presbyterians take it to the next level."   

Read the summary from the US Campaign, which includes helpful links to each of the resolutions that will be brought to the floor.  In addition to the USCPR, I MPM will be supported on the ground in St. Louis by  Friends of Sabeel North America, American Muslims for Palestine, St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee, Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, and St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace.

Read IPMN"s overview of actions for Palestine and a host of affiliated resolutions for global justice and a sustainable planet.

Stay up to date by  following IPMN on   Twitter , hashtags #GA223 and #ProtectTheProphetic.

Next month, led by the Palestine Israel Network of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, the Episcopal Church of America will bring resolutions on Palestine to the floor of its General Conference. Stay tuned. 

"We call upon churches to be the conscience of humanity.''

Kairos Palestine has issued an urgent, direct and powerful call to the churches of the world on the 70th Anniversary of the Nakba.  "This is the 70th year of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinian people," begins the statement. "Our catastrophe remains ongoing."  

"...We call on churches in our Holy Land and throughout the world to be courageous and faithful to their mission, to assume their responsibilities towards the Holy Land and all those who live in it, to bring through their prayers awareness of what is going on in the Holy Land, and to take effective steps towards justice, equality and peace in this land where the roots of their faith lie."
 
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