In response to our congregation’s growing sense of concern about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and several members’ expressed desire to be more engaged in practical peacemaking efforts, we formed a Holy Land peacemaking group in 2007. The group focuses its efforts in four areas: education, advocacy, fundraising, and networking.
Since its inauguration, the group has participated in a number of workshops on peacemaking; invited Christian, Jewish, and Muslim peacemakers to address our congregation; engaged in advocacy efforts in Washington; hosted prayer vigils; raised thousands of dollars to support a Palestinian farmers’ cooperative, sponsored Palestinian children, and provided training in leadership and nonviolence to young people in the West Bank; and taken a trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories in November 2007.
In 2013, we participated in the Alliance of Baptists Waging Peace Conference in Washington D.C. As part of that conference, we conducted a number of interviews with activists on the forefront of what Rev. Mitri Raheb calls “creative resistance” to the injustice in the Holy Land.
GJ Tarazi (left) and Rev. Mitri Raheb at the Waging Peace in Palestine and Israel Conference
We continue to look for new and creative ways to be a part of the solution to the conflict in the Middle East.