Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Highlights from the ELCA Peace Not Walls newsletter

It's late in the month for me to be sharing the Dec. 2 ELCA Peace Not Walls newsletter. The complete newsletter is at this link: http://www.elca.org/Our-Faith-In-Action/Justice/Peace-Not-Walls/Resources/Newsletter.aspx

Here are some highlights:

Join CMEP's new national Christian campaign; send Christmas greetings to the President
“For the Peace of Jerusalem: Christians for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Now” is a year-long effort of 26 (and the number is growing) Christian churches and organizations to engage Christians across the country in the pursuit of a just and secure peace for Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land.

The initial campaign action is to send thousands of Christmas greetings to President Obama as a way to show him and all those who hear of our ecumenical efforts that we expect peace with justice and security for all Palestinians and Israelis; and, in the spirit of Advent, we expect it soon.

How you can help:
• Sign and send an online card at http://www.peaceofjerusalem.org/.
• Organize a card-mailing campaign in your synod or congregation. Cards should be signed and mailed (in one big envelope) to CMEP before Wed. Dec. 22 for delivery to the White House. Find planning advice and sample messages by clicking on the Take Action tab.

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The final entry in “Prince of Peace” 2010 Advent/Christmas Sunday Reflections from Christians in the Holy Land (this one by Brother Jack Curran, FSC, PhD, Bethlehem University): http://www.cmep.org/sites/default/files/advent2010_4_0.pdf

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Journey to Bethlehem in Advent by ELCA Denver lay leader Jan Miller is at her blgo: http://adventjourneybethlehem.blogspot.com/

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Churches for Middle East Peace has a completely new and updated website. Find Christian and Interfaith Statements, news, resources, photos and more at http://www.cmep.org/.

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Film, “Budrus,” expands theatrical release
“Budrus,” the award-winning film about Palestinian non-violence, is expanding its U.S. release. See a trailer and find showings: http://www.justvision.org/en/budrus

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New Gaza report published
Amnesty International and 21 other human rights and aid groups published a November 30 report on conditions in Gaza, titled, “Dashed Hopes: Continuation of the Gaza Blockade.” The 12-page report outlines the struggles which the people of Gaza continue to face and states, “Lifting the blockade of Gaza remains a legal, economic and political imperative for those seeking a lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The time for credible and effective action is now.” Read the full report: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/ngos-gaza-civilians-continue-suffer-2010-11-30

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