The ELCA's Metro DC Synod Assembly considered and passed two resolutions related to this issue on May 7. A workshop on Kairos Palestine on the Friday evening before was well attended:
Investment for Positive Change in Palestine - This memorial requests action of the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly to encourage various expressions of the ELCA “to consider making positive economic investments in those Palestinian projects and businesses that peacefully strengthen the economic and social fabric of Palestinian society.”
Kairos Palestine Response - Reception of the “Kairos Palestine document” is resolved by this action and affirmation of its belief that "The mission of the Church is prophetic, to speak the Word of God courageously, honestly and lovingly in the local context and in hte midst of daily events.” An invitation to Bishop Munib A. Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, to speak with our synod members will be extended by this resolution.
Memorialized actions for consideration of the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly include encouraging discussion of the Kairos Palestine document in other parts of the ELCA and review of how investment fund management within the ELCA including the ELCA Foundation and ELCA Board of Pensions.
Nathan Rich heads up the ELCA Metro DC Synod Middle East Working Group:
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