Twelve years ago, in the offices of Sabeel in East Jerusalem, my life changed. I met Nora Carmi, a Palestinian Christian who has devoted her life to the liberation of Palestine. “How do you persist?” I asked Nora. “How do you go on in the face of the ongoing oppression of your people and the taking of your land?” Her answer was overpowering in its simplicity: “We follow Jesus.” As a Palestinian who lived under Roman occupation, Jesus is our guide for how to resist tyranny: Hold on to your faith, strengthen your community, care for the most vulnerable.
Empires come and empires go, Nora said.
We follow Jesus. We are here.
Kairos USA was founded on the power of this vision. I am writing to ask for
of Kairos USA's work for justice and equality for Palestinians. Thanks to your support over the years, Kairos USA has achieved so much:
- Played a key role in drafting the historic resolution on Palestine adopted by the World Communion of Reformed Churches in 2017. Acknowledging “that the Christian faith has been used to justify the injustice against the Palestinian people,”the resolutions states that “the integrity of Christian faith and praxis is at stake,” calling on its over 300 member churches around the world to engage in education, pilgrimage, and prophetic action.
- 2016: Launched Palestineportal.org, an online gateway to the materials and activities of organizations in the U.S. and across the world, and a powerful networking tool for our growing movement.
In 2019, we will focus on providing education and advocacy resources to denominational, regional and local organizations in the U.S., and on connecting them to the growing global Kairos network. Our plans
include hiring additional staff and pursuing strategic alliances with sister organizations to do the following:
- Reach out to local and congregrationally-based committees and organizations. The goal is to connect them with one another and to emphasize sharing of resources for education and advocacy.
- Continue to develop the capabilities of Palestine Portal as a resourcing and networking platform for the network of global Kairos organizations.