Many ready to observe World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

By agency reporter
September 16, 2017

From a photo 'exhibition of hope', to worship resources, to an opportunity for people and churches to share their personal expressions of hope, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is offering an invitation and accompanying resources to celebrate the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel on 17-24 September 2017.

In a letter of invitation, the WCC General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, reminded people that despite 50 years of occupation and despair, hope prevails for a just peace in Palestine and Israel.

“The World Week of Peace is yet another opportunity to remind the world about the unsolved conflict in Palestine and Israel and to show solidarity with peace-seeking people suffering under occupation”, wrote Tveit.

On Monday, 18 September, a '12 faces of hope' exhibition will open at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, featuring 12 Palestinians and Israelis who all are victims of the occupation.

The week will hold other many expressions of peace as people across the world unite in actions to create a common international public witness for just peace in Palestine and Israel.

The week is arriving on the heels of other landmark stepping stones on a pilgrimage of justice and peace for the Middle East, including joint prayers for justice and peace in the Holy Land, held in Jerusalem on 5 June, and WCC Peace Consultations with global church leaders, which took place in Beit Sahour two weeks later.

During the World Week of Peace, on Thursday, 21 September, the International Day of Prayer for Peace will be observed.

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches http://www.oikoumene.org/en

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