Under the theme “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility,” people of faith all over the world are encouraged to demonstrate the power of prayer during the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel. This special week of prayer coupled with action is annually held 13 – 21 September and includes the International Day of Peace on 21 September.
“Let us pray together for a lasting peace built on justice and dignity for all,” said Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, interim general secretary of the World Council of Churches. “All those in the Holy Land deserve the freedom to lead full lives, now more than ever, in these turbulent times.”
During the World Week for Peace, Sauca said he hopes to see compassionate advocacy undertaken in a spirit of goodwill and impartiality that transcends identity and religious affiliation.
This year’s theme, chosen during an era of extreme fragility, lifts up creative solidarity as a sign of hope that, through the power of prayer and common action, people across the world can make the restoration of peace and justice in the Holy Land both possible and a lived reality or all people of the region.
Taking up the courage to act in an unprecedented manner, people are growing in their ability to think creatively and to reflect on whether current developments in the Holy Land accord with their understanding of “the things that make for peace.”
“May God continue to bless and strengthen our efforts for the mutual flourishing of all through the transformative power of the Gospel,” Sauca said.