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Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide
with accompanying video episodes
What role have Zionism and Christian Zionism played in shaping attitudes and driving historical developments in the Middle East and around the world? How do Christians, Jews, and Muslims understand the competing claims to the land of Palestine and Israel? What steps can be taken to bring peace, reconciliation, and justice to the homeland that Palestinians and Israelis share?
Zionism Unsettled embraces these critical issues fearlessly and with inspiring scope. The booklet and companion DVD draw together compelling and diverse viewpoints from Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Israel, Palestine, the US, and around the globe. By contrasting mainstream perceptions with important alternative perspectives frequently ignored in the media, Zionism Unsettled is an invaluable guide to deeper… More...
The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is pleased to announce a new project to be known as the Hosanna Preaching Seminars. This program will take the place of the Hosanna Preaching Prize in 2015.
The Back Story
It has been said that home is where the heart is. Home is remembered as the place where one flourished and is remembered with joy; when one has lost their home, that joy is mixed with an ever-present sadness and longing. In 1915, a ten-year-old Osanna Panian left home and escaped what is now known as The Armenian Genocide; she survived and walked over the mountains into Iran and life as a refugee. Was she just lucky that she survived what Winston Churchill later called the first holocaust of the twentieth century? Or was it Providence?
Osanna is the Latin version of the Greek word hosanna. It’s a popular girls’ name in… More...
Urgent Need for Medical Aid to Gaza
There is an urgent need for medical… More...
What they're saying about
Interfaith groups call for the protection of Palestinians' freedom of worship in Jerusalem
Sept.18, 2015 — We, the undersigned, come together in solidarity with Palestinians, especially those who have been prohibited from worshiping in peace and security at the Al Aqsa mosque sanctuary due to the escalation of Israeli settler violence, which is supported by the Israeli police and military.
As a diverse community and as Americans we sincerely believe in freedom of worship for all people. This is not a religious conflict between Muslims and Jews. Nor is this a conflict about access to space to pray as the settler groups have said. This is a struggle between an occupier and an occupied people. The tensions arise because of provocations from the Temple Movement, a loose coalition of several messianic, extremist Jewish… More...
Criticism of Israeli policies and charges of anti-Semitism
The IPMN condemns all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. There is no room for such hatred in our society today.
History has shown that Jewish people have been persecuted and subjected to genocidal actions because of their religious identity. Christianity has been, and in some cases continues to be, a major culprit because of heresies that condemn Jews (along with peoples of other religious faiths) who do not convert to faith in Jesus Christ. In fact, one of the great ironies in the ongoing political debate about Israel is Christian Zionism (see here for definition) which supports a Jewish state today, but presumes a very anti-Semitic… More...
Frequently Asked Questions About Divestment
Did the PC(USA) divest from Israel?
No. The PC(USA) divested from three American companies that profit from the Israeli occupation and blockade of Palestinian territory. The Church continues to invest in several companies doing business in Israel. And the 221st General Assembly reaffirmed our support for a secure and sovereign state of Israel.
Had the PC(USA) ever divested from other companies?
Yes. The PC(USA) has a longstanding investment/divestment policy that prohibits the Church from investing in any company that contributes to “human harm.” The Church does not own stock in any company that is involved in military related products, human rights violations, tobacco, or alcohol. Accordingly, the Presbyterian Church (USA) has divested from more than six… More...
THE PALESTINIAN QUEST FOR JUST PEACE
Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace is a 48-page perfect-bound booklet with a free companion DVD. Steadfast Hope 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 offers an inspiring view of the activities currently being undertaken by Muslim, Jewish, and Christian peacemakers working for justice and reconciliation. It also gives helpful guidance on how your congregation can contribute to the cause of just peace for the people who share the Holy Land.
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Praise for Steadfast Hope
Here's what people are saying about Steadfast Hope:
"I commend Steadfast Hope as an excellent resource for Presbyterian Women as well as pastors, educators, and congregations. It grows from the Israel/Palestine Mission Network purpose to demonstrate solidarity, educate about the facts on the ground, and change the conditions that erode the humanity of both Israelis and Palestinians."
Carol Hylkema, Former Moderator, Israel/Palestine Mission Network
"For the sake of life for both Palestinians and Israelis, and for a steadfast hope for both, justice must prevail. And for justice to prevail, the truth must be known. Christians must work to discover the truth, and stand by it."
Dr. Mary Mikhael, President, Near East School of Theology
"Only by visiting Israel, the West Bank and Gaza can one truly experience the injustice, fear and systemic violence that affects every person in the region. For those who cannot do so, Steadfast Hope provides a clear window through which to view the situation and to discern what is required for a durable peace for Israelis, Palestinians and all who are bound to that 'holy land.'"
Vernon Broyles, "Representative for Public Witness"(Volunteer) Office of the General Assembly
"The most important thing we can do now to achieve justice for Palestinians and Israelis is to communicate their situation to our local church congregations for study, reflection and action. Steadfast Hope will do that because it is both accurate and passionate."
James M. Wall, Contributing Editor, Christian Century magazine
"The World Council of Churches strongly believes that it is time for Palestinians and Israelis to share a just peace. I endorse Steadfast Hope because it is a powerful statement of solidarity which significantly contributes towards the achievement of that goal."
Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, World Council of Churches
"Steadfast Hope" is an excellent resource fo people of faith everywhere who seek to be informed on the current situation of Palestine and educated on the complexity of the Palestine-Israel conflict. I strongly endorse the resource as an exceptional guide for churches, study groups and individuals searching for toolsto work towards a peace rooted in justice." In peace,
Naim Ateek, Anglican Pastor and Director of the Sabeel Center for Palestinian Liberation Theology, Jerusalem.
"Hope is Palestine's gift to the world. Justice is what the world owes Palestine. This resource infuses us with this great hope that became incarnate in Christ so that we can be transformed into agents of Justice, peacemakers and ambassadors of reconciliation."
The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Senior Pastor, Christmas Lutheran Church President, Diyar Consortium, Bethlehem, Palestine
"In this book, the Presbyterian Church explores a controversial issue with the courage and clarity few communities before it have found. It exemplifies the compassion, nonviolence, and brotherly love fundamental to Christian values and gives Jews like me hope for a just and lasting peace in our lifetimes. Challenging oppression and injustice like this will surely elicit criticism, but we know from history that prophets are scorned in their own time."
Anna Baltzer, a former-Fulbright scholar, the granddaughter of Holocaust refugees, and author of Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories. www.AnnaInTheMiddleEast.com
"Steadfast Hope is an excellent resource for those interested in educating themselves about the plight of the Palestinian people and their struggle for self-determination. It serves as the voice of those who seek justice in Israel/Palestine."
Neve Gordon, author of Israel's Occupation, and professor of politics at Ben-Gurion University, Israel
"I welcome the new resource offered to the church by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network entitled Steadfast Hope: the Palestinian Quest for a Just Peace. In the midst of all the competing claims, it makes clear 'the things that make for peace' in Israel and Palestine and the urgency for all of us to take action, and to take it now, to ensure a just future for all who live in this part of the world."
Clifton Kirkpatrick, former Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA), President, World Alliance of Reformed Churches
"We...find [Steadfast Hope] to be a superb resource--honest and hard-hitting, ever so much more truthful and insightful than the usual anodyne church document on this conflict. We are truly impressed and thank you for your part in 'telling it like it is.' ...(T)here is [now] some greater recognition at the grassroots level of the horrors of what's going on, and Steadfast Hope is a brilliant proof of that. Maybe this is the start of something good."
Bill and Kathleen Christison, former CIA political analysts; co-authors of Palestine in Pieces: Graphic Perspectives on the Israeli Occupation, 2009.