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Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)

The World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) was created in 2002 by the WCC based on a letter and an appeal from local church leaders to create an international presence in the country. EAPPI provides a continuous presence of 25-30 Ecumenical Accompaniers, who serve in the field for three months in accompanying local people and communities, offering protective presence, and witnessing their daily struggles and hopes. EAPPI is guided by “principled impartiality”: it takes no side in the conflict nor discriminates against anyone, but it is not neutral in terms of human rights and respect for international humanitarian law.

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As an “ecumenical accompanier,” Prokop’s role description might include: “walks children to school,” and “shares what he sees.” In many communities, these tasks are daily - even mundane - parts of life. But for Prokop, who has served with the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI), walking children to school was anything but humdrum.

Jerusalem: “May all our lives be beacons of justice, peace, love and hope”

Jerusalem: “May all our lives be beacons of justice, peace, love and hope”

There is a warm buzz in the church. Happy reunions. Friends and colleagues reunited. It is a time for goodbyes for some. It is a time of being welcomed for others. Nearly 150 people gathered in St Anne’s Basilica in East Jerusalem to pray for a just peace, for an end to the 50 years of occupation and for the solidarity to be able to live side-by-side in Palestine and Israel. It is time for the ecumenical accompaniers in group 67 to hand over to those in group 68.

القدس: " فلتكن كل أرواحنا نورا مضيئا من أجل العدل والسلام والمحبة والأمل"

القدس: " فلتكن كل أرواحنا نورا مضيئا من أجل العدل والسلام والمحبة والأمل"

هناك جوّ دافئ داخل الكنيسة: لقاءات سعيدة ولقاءات متجددة بين الأصدقاء والزملاء، وقد حان الوقت لبعضهم للوداع. إنه الوقت المناسب للإحساس بالترحاب من طرف الآخرين، وقد اجتمع حوالي 150 شخصا في كنيسة القديسة حنة (آن) في شرق القدس للصلاة من أجل السلام العادل ولإنهاء 50 سنة من الاحتلال ومن أجل التضامن تمهيدا للعيش معا في فلسطين وإسرائيل. وقد حان الوقت بأن يُسلّم المرافقون المسكونيون في مجموعة 67 المشعل لمرافقي مجموعة 68.

Churches call for urgent action for Cremisan Valley

Churches call for urgent action for Cremisan Valley

As the statements calling for justice in Cremisan Valley fail to work, churches urged the international community at the 36th Session of UN Human Rights Council for action regarding the occupied territories between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

World Week of Peace highlights “culture of love and resilience”

World Week of Peace highlights “culture of love and resilience”

From Geneva to Bethlehem and across the world, the World Council of Churches (WCC) World Week of Peace in Israel and Palestine inspired gatherings for prayer, reflection and action last week. Among the commemorations, a group gathered on 22 September at the Wi’am: The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center in Bethlehem to pray for peace.

Many ready to observe World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

Many ready to observe World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

From a photo “exhibition of hope,” to worship resources, to an opportunity for people and churches to share their personal expressions of hope, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is offering an invitation and accompanying resources to celebrate the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel on 17-24 September.

WCC invites global participation in World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

WCC invites global participation in World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting people across the world to unite in peaceful actions to create a common international public witness for just peace in Palestine and Israel.

WCC reiterates plea for dialogue and open access to worship at Holy Sites

WCC reiterates plea for dialogue and open access to worship at Holy Sites

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is calling for global prayers tomorrow for just peace in the Holy Land, and for all barriers to places of worship to be removed.

WCC seeks #JusticeAndPeace in the Holy Land

WCC seeks #JusticeAndPeace in the Holy Land

Profiles of peacemakers and cries for justice for all the peoples in Israel and Palestine are featured in a World Council of Churches (WCC) campaign, Seek #JusticeAndPeace in the Holy Land, launched online today.

Young pilgrims on a spiritual journey in the Holy Land

Young pilgrims on a spiritual journey in the Holy Land

The World Council of Churches organised in June 2017 a pilgrimage in the Holy Land for eight young Christians from all over the world. Participants said it was a unique experience to discover biblical and spiritual places.