To mark the first anniversary of the launching of 'Kairos Palestine—A Moment of Truth', the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has released a 24-page booklet that includes both the original statement and a three-week congregational study plan.
The Kairos Palestine document is "the 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail' of our time", says the North American denomination - which has been outspoken in advocating a just peace for both Israelis and Palestinians in the conflict-torn region.
The confession of faith in a divided land, written in 2009 by a broad spectrum of Palestinian Christian leaders, is addressed to Palestinians, Israelis and the whole international community — as well as to all the churches of the world.
The document emphasises the classical theological virtues of faith, hope, and love that lie at the heart of the Christian Gospel, and affirms that resistance to injustice and oppression is firmly grounded in these principles.
It is both an anguished cry in a dark hour and a profound testament to unquenchable hope, say supporters of the Kairos Palestine document.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) study plan for congregations and Christian groups includes informative background material on the Israel-Palestine conflict, including three maps in colour. This material provides essential historical, political, and theological context for the Kairos Palestine statement.
The booklet is intended as a guide for readers undertaking an individual study of the document, too. "Church-based groups will benefit from the detailed lesson plans for a three-week congregational study, including a list of thought-provoking questions to stimulate reflection and discussion," say the publishers.
The study guides are available in the USA at $2.00 each for 1–19 copies and $1.50 each for 20+ copies. Order at: http://store.pcusa.org/
The full Kairos Palestine document may be downloaded at: http://www.kairospalestine.ps/