Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace: From Crisis Hope

Global Ministries Update - A common witness of the Division of Overseas Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Wider Church Ministries, United Church of Christ

The Rev. John Thomas, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, and the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), sent an important interfaith message to the President on the need for a comprehensive Middle East peace by signing a document entitled: “Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace: From Crisis Hope”

On December 12, 2006, 35 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim national figures, all leaders of faith communities frequently seen as at odds on issues of Middle East policy, proclaimed in unity that they held more in common than different in their conviction of what must make for peace between Israel and Palestine. This National Interreligious Leaders Initiative (NILI) is a Jewish-Christian-Muslim coalition that has come together since its beginning in 2003 around the basic idea that peace in the Holy Land is essential.

Global Ministries Co-Executive, Cally Rogers-Witte played an important role in helping shape the contours of the NILI document during a leaders’ consultation on the message hosted by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of the Archdiocese of Washington last September. Peter Makari, Global Ministries Area Executive for the Middle East and Europe, and Derek Duncan, Program Associate for Education and Advocacy for Global Ministries, also contributed to the writing of this timely document.

To read the full text Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace: From crisis to hope, click here