[second corrected version]
For the record, the action of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in assembly regard to its strategy, “Peace Not Walls: Stand for Justice in the Holy Land” was adopted as amended.
The amendment added a new paragraph at #2, below.
The amended action reads this way:
To reaffirm the commitment of this church to:
1. Continue its awareness-building, accompaniment,and advocacy on behalf of a peaceful resolution of the conflict between Israel and Palestine;
2. Evaluate and refine its peace-making efforts to demonstrate as fully as possible the "balanced ... care for all parties" expressed in the Churchwide Strategy for Engagement in Israel and Palestine (2005; Sect.II.A), while continuing our unique relationship with and accompaniment of Palestinian Christians and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL);
3. Learn more about the experiences of both Israelis and Palestinians and their mutual fears, aspirations, and hopes;
4. Work to convey the concerns and perspectives of Palestinians and Israelis that dispel stereotypes and caricatures and promote better understanding;
5. Lift up the voices within both communities, especially those of victims of violence, that seek peace with justice through nonviolent responses to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;
6. Continue to help alleviate the humanitarian needs of all of those affected by the conflict, especially in Gaza;
7. Support U.S. funding that promotes peace and cooperation for all parties to the conflict; and8. Continue to pray for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.
8. Continue to pray for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and>the Holy Land and for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.
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