Saturday, May 11, 2013

Kairos Palestine



A document has been written that is the Christian Palestinians’ word to the world about what is happening in Palestine.  Written in 2009, when Palestinian Christians wanted to see the glory of the grace of God in their land and in the suffering of its people.  It is a call to stand by the Palestinian people who have faced oppression, displacement, suffering and clear apartheid for more than six decades.  Their word is a cry of hope with love, prayer and faith in God.  It is addressed to themselves, to all the churches and Christians in the world.

Through this document, the Palestinian Christians declare that the military occupation of their land is a sin against God and humanity, and that any theology that legitimizes the occupation is far from Christian teachings because true Christian theology is a theology of love and solidarity with the oppressed, a call to justice and equality among peoples.

A group of United Methodists, my faith tradition, has organized in response.  Their web site is  The site includes many resources dealing with Peace in the Middle East and includes a link to the complete Kairos Palestine document.

Below are a few of many photos from the United Methodist Kairos Response web site.  The wall and the huge "settlements" that are really cities show how the land in the West Bank is changed by this occupation.

When I get back to the states and take off my EAPPI vest, I will continue to advocate for a JUST peace in the Middle East.  I look forward to your invitations to speak at your churches and civic meetings about the realities on the ground that I am experiencing.  I plan to have small group activities that look into Faith, Hope and Love as offered in the Kairos Palestine document. 

I am in the process of booking opportunities to speak about these issues in Michigan during August, September and October.  Reach me for scheduling via email