Resolution on Palestine and Israel:
2016 Mennonite Church Canada Assembly
North American Mennonites have lived and studied, ministered
and served in Palestine and Israel for nearly 70 years. Many
partnerships have formed over these years, particularly through
Mennonite Central Committee, our various denominational
mission boards and Christian Peacemaker Teams. Thousands
of Mennonites from Canada and the US have participated
in learning tours and exchanges facilitated by Mennonite
educational institutions, service and mission agencies, and tour
operators. Most recently, Mennonite Church Canada has sent
workers to serve at Bethlehem Bible College and Serve Nazareth.
This resolution, approved at the 2016 Mennonite Church Canada Assembly, emerges largely in response to the plea of Palestinian Christians that the global church come alongside the Palestinian people as they suffer under Israel’s 49-year military occupation of their lands: the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Their concerns are expressed in the 2009 document entitled A Moment of Truth: A Word of Faith, Hope and Love from the Heart of Palestinian Suffering, issued by the churches of the region, through a cooperative effort known as Kairos Palestine.
Also see a FAQ document responding to key questions this resolution raises.
Also see Pathways for Peace and Justice in Palestine and Israel Congregational Study, one outcome of this Resolution.
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