Webinar: “Document Detention: Justice for Palestinian Children”  

You’re invited to join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) for a LIVE webinar,

Date: Monday, July 30th
Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm EST

RSVP Required: Please register to receive a link to the LIVE webinar

Link: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5575/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=87849

Each year, approximately 500-700 Palestinian minors in the West Bank between the ages 12-17 are prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The widespread mistreatment of Palestinian youth within this system is well-documented: children are denied access to their parents or a lawyer and often sign confessions of guilt in Hebrew, a language they likely cannot understand.

Join on July 30th to hear from Brad Parker and Farah Bayadasi from Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) in a conversation facilitated by CMEP’s Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon. This event will be a unique opportunity to hear from legal experts on the subject of child justice and mistreatment of Palestinian youth in Israeli military detention centers. You will also learn about opportunities to advocate on behalf of Palestinian youth with your congressional representatives. This webinar is part of CMEP’s Summer 2018 joint campaign with DCIP: Demand Child Justice: Document Detention in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Bethel Series Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – February 22 – March 3, 2019

Join Reverend Jeff Quinto, Bethel Series Executive Director, and his wife Toni on ten life-changing days in the Holy Land, February 22 – March 3, 2019, on the 2nd Annual Bethel Series Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

You will visit: Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jericho, Nazareth and Sea of Galilee

You will:  Walk where Jesus walked.  You will swim in the Dead Sea. You will dance on a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee.You will pray at the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed for God to “let this cup pass from me, . . . .”

Twenty-five faith-filled believers like you will see the Scriptures and their Bethel Series lessons come alive.  Download brochure: http://www.bethelseries.org/media/wysiwyg/Bethel/pilgrimage/Pilgrimage2019.pdf

The cost of the trip, inclusive of airfare from either New York or Chicago, is $3,590 based on double occupancy.  Breakfast and dinner each day in the Holy Land are included.

As this is a limited opportunity at an excellent price, we expect to fill the twenty-five spots quickly.

If you are interested in joining us, call the Bethel Series office at Bethel Lutheran Church 608-579-5700.

Holy Land Trip – June 15-26, 2019 with Pastor Blake Rohrer

The Holy Land is a place that conjures many images in our minds – from inspiring to confounding. I have travelled there three times previously, and each trip was a life-changing experience.  This journey will be a pilgrimage in which we will follow in the footsteps of Jesus, seeing the lands of the Bible. Throughout the trip we will share group reflection, prayer and worship. As meaningful as the holy sites will be, I believe our unique encounters with the people who live there today may be even more moving. We will learn what it is like to be a Christian in this sacred and challenged land of many faiths, and we will see first hand the remarkable ministry of the Lutheran church and others who are creating opportunities for hope, healing and peace. We will have good accommodations, delicious meals and expert guides. I hope you’ll join me in this trip of a lifetime! For a brochure and sign-up information click here https://gtd.org/post/pdfbrochure/190603.pdf or contact Midvale Community Lutheran with additional questions: 608-238-7119 or info@midvalelutheran.org

ELCA Presiding Bishop Issues Pastoral Message on Gaza Situation

Like so many here in our country and around the world, I am appalled and saddened by yesterday’s escalation of Israeli military action against protestors in Gaza. Many reports indicate that at least 60 Palestinians, including six children, have died and more than 2,000 have been injured as a result of Israel’s disproportionate use of force. Our church will support a planned medical mission from The Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem to Gaza to assist the wounded.

I join Bishop Sami-Ibrahim Azar of our partner church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), who today said:

We mourn with the families of the dead and dying and pray for the recovery of the injured. We believe that violent actions against the Palestinian civilians will hinder the potential for peace and reconciliation efforts between Israel and Palestine and will only lead to more violence and bloodshed.

I endorse his call “upon the Israeli government to show restraint and to pursue negotiations with Palestinian leaders rather than choosing violent action against unarmed protestors.”

Yesterday’s events should also be seen in the context of the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. When that decision was announced late last year, I said:

This unilateral action would not support the cause of peace and a two-state solution but rather would unnecessarily create further tensions and possible violence that would make efforts to bring them back together for talks much more difficult.

 I also support the ELCJHL’s long-standing position, affirmed by Bishop Azar today, that “any final status agreement will include Jerusalem as a shared city for Jews, Christians and Muslims with free access to holy sites for all and that it must serve as capital of both Palestine and Israel.”

Always, but especially in this time of deep distress, I urge us all to join his call to “continue to pray, advocate and faithfully work towards a peaceful and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

 God’s peace,
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop

 

(from ELCA post: https://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7931)

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