The World Week for Peace is over for another year. How did your church engage? 
Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network - Update

WCC general secretary reflects
on peace in Palestine and Israel

"The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches (WCC) continues to call on member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organisations around the world to support an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel.

During the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel 2016, observed between 18th - 24th September, congregations and individuals around the globe who share a hope for justice will take peaceful actions to create a common international public witness."

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit recently answered questions on a lasting peace in Palestine and Israel. To continue reading, click here. Dr Tveit will be in Australia in October. Contact PIEN for more details on his program.

2017 World Week for Peace
in Palestine-Israel

How did your church mark the World Week for Peace in Palestine- Israel? Brunswick Uniting Church had three stations where people could reflect on Breaking Down Barriers. As someone from the congregation described one of the stations:
During worship we wrote Beatitudes for Peace remembering that, in Matthew's gospel, Jesus said 'Blessed are the peacemakers for they will called the children of God'. A selection of these was read as our Prayers of the People. These prayers and the full set of Beatitudes are available on our website. Click here for the beatitudes in full.

A Female Mayor in the Heart of the Middle East

from AsiaN

"Asian countries provide female mayors and governors like in Europe. According to researches, currently, fewer than 5% of the world’s mayors are women and women make up an average of just 20% local councilors worldwide. Mrs. Vera Baboun is one of these female mayors of the Asian continent as the Mayor of Bethlehem.

Her great works effect the role of woman in the political system of Middle East. In our interview, we talked about her political, academic and cultural initiatives which cover wide range of significant works."

To read more, click here


UCA Palestine Campaign Launch

The Uniting Church of Australia launches their campaign on Palestine-Israel in October, with the launch event to take place in Melbourne. If you would like to be involved, or know of someone in Victoria who would be interested in attending, please contact PIEN for more details about the event

Book Launch

Canberra.There will be a launch of A Lover's Country by Stuart Rees. The book will be launched by Senator Lee Rhiannon. 
6.00 for 6.30pm, Thursday October 13. Click here for more details

End occupation in the Holy Land, urge faith leaders at USA 

At a joint consultation on the Holy Land, the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA released a statement calling for an end to the denial of rights and generations of suffering in the Holy Land. Click here for more

Australian Christians who seek lasting peace for the people of Palestine and Israel. 

We aim to equip and 
inform Australian churches, inspired by Christ’s vision for universal reconciliation.

Executive Officer
Tim Budge
0412 051 574

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