Prayer and theology
Restoring the Kingdom: Mark Braverman’s sermon
During a recent conference week on Iona, Mark Braverman from Kairos USA delivered a wonderful sermon on restoring the Kingdom. He has shared that with us, and it is available for you to download below.
Iona Community issues new position statement on Israel/Palestine
The Iona Community has published a Position Statement on Israel/Palestine this month, December 2016. This is a response to the call of Palestinian Christians in the Kairos Palestine document of 2009, and is timed to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. (more…)
NEW: Study Resource for Christian Groups based on the Kairos Palestine movement
Kairos member and academic Karen Fairfax-Chomeley has written an excellent study pack for Christian Groups based on the Kairos movement and call from Palestinian Christians to respond to the situation of injustice they face. (more…)
Kairos Palestine Easter Alert
New Kairos Palestine publication: Life with Dignity
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed, perplexed, but not despairing” (2 Cor. 4:8)
Kairos Palestine has published the conference proceedings of the “Life with Dignity” conference which was held in Bethlehem in December 2014 and was jointly organized by Kairos Palestine, Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum and the Alternative Tourism Group. (more…)
Litany for Peace
Four Bible Studies by Colin Chapman, to accompany Time for Action
We are delighted to promote this latest study by Colin Chapman, ‘Israel/Palestine, Using the Bible Today’
You can download a copy of this booklet here (as a PDF)
Regular Prayer events
Wi’am, the Palestinian Conflict Resolution centre invites you to pray with them each month, whether in person (at Wi’am’s centre in Bethlehem) or wherever you are around the world.
This month they will be praying for peace and justice, and to shine a light of hope amidst the shadow of occupation.
Friends of Sabeel UK: Each Thursday at noon in Jerusalem, Sabeel holds a Communion service that is open to the community. It is a time to join together to discuss how the scriptures apply to our lives today, to pray for the needs of this region and our world and to share the Eucharist. Starting in the Pacific Islands, passing through Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, the Americas and on around the globe, we pray for peace with justice, and ask you to join us.
You can sign up to receive the wave of prayer email by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
A Lamentation for Gaza
By Rabbi Brant Rosen (1st August 2014)
Gaza weeps alone.
Bombs falling without end
her cheeks wet with tears.
A widow abandoned imprisoned on all sides
with none willing to save her.
We who once knew oppression
have become the oppressors.
Those who have been pursued
are now the pursuers.
We have uprooted families from their homes,
we have driven them deep
into this desolate place,
this narrow strip of exile.
All along the roads there is mourning.
The teeming marketplaces
have been bombed into emptiness.
The only sounds we hear
are cries of pain
sirens blaring, drones buzzing
bitterness echoing into the black vacuum
of homes destroyed
and dreams denied.
We have become Gaza’s master
with the mere touch of a button
for her transgression of resistance.
Her children are born into captivity
they know us only as occupiers
enemies to be feared and hated.
We have lost all
that once was precious to us.
This fatal attachment to our own might
has become our downfall.
This idolatrous veneration of the land
has sent us wandering into
a wilderness of our own making.
We have robbed Gaza of
her deepest dignity
plunged her into sorrow and darkness.
Her people crowd into refugee camps held captive by fences and buffer zones
gunboats, mortar rounds
and Apache missiles.
We sing of Jerusalem,
to “a free people in their own land”
but our song has become a mockery.
How can we sing a song of freedom
imprisoned inside behind walls we have built
with our own fear and dread?
Here we sit clinging to our illusions
of comfort and security
while we unleash hell on earth
on the other side of the border.
We sit on hillsides and cheer
as our explosions light up the sky
while far below, whole neighborhoods
are reduced to rubble.
For these things I weep:
for the toxic fear we have unleashed
from the dark place of our hearts
for the endless grief
we are inflicting
on the people of Gaza.