Pioneering Christian peace activist and organizer Gene Stoltzfus will be in Britain and Ireland in January 2009, speaking about nonviolent intervention in situations of conflict and injustice. With the tragedy unfolding in Gaza, the trip could not be more timely.
Individuals, groups, churches and councils of churches from Kenya to Sweden, to the United States to Australia, are carrying out hundreds of advocacy actions involving Christians concerned about the Gaza crisis.
Civilians wounded in Gaza are stuck in their homes without food and water, unable to seek medical attention, says the director of an Anglican hospital in Gaza City. This includes nurses' injured children.
Reiterating its call for a ceasefire in Gaza, the World Council of Churches has appealed to Christians everywhere to pray for peace and to advocate with their governments for a just peace in Israel and Palestine.
Israeli shells have killed 40 people and injured 60 at a UN-run school in Gaza – the third hit so far – fuelling accusations that the IDF are acting outside international legal and humanitarian standards.