Middle East


June 26, 2015

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the focus of three legislative hearings June 25 as the Social Justice and International Policy Committee opened the floor for public testimony at the Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention.

Some 50...

June 24, 2015

[Episcopal News Service] Palestinian activist Ali Abu Awwad and Israeli Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger have spent their lives living in fear of one another’s neighboring communities in Gush Etzion, located in the Judean Mountains south of Jerusalem.

But when they met for the...

June 24, 2015

[Episcopal News Service] Peace, justice and security in the Holy Land are the focus of seven proposed resolutions to be considered by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention, ranging from calls for deeper investment in Middle East partnerships to placing economic pressure through...

June 5, 2015

[World Council of Churches press release] Despite desperate times in the Middle East, Christians there continue to worship and sustain their faith, keeping the church alive.

“I think there is no single day we don’t hear about Christians in the Middle East,” said Father Michel...

April 9, 2015

Sheikh Abdel Aziz El Nagar of Al Azhar and Bishop Mouneer Anis attended the CARAVAN art exhibition in Cairo. Photo: Jayson Casper

[Diocese of Egypt] So much is wrong with the Arab world today, it can obscure all that is right. At the heart of both are interfaith relations, and the...

April 8, 2015

Displaced Iraqi Christians who fled from Islamic State militants in Mosul, pray at a school acting as a refugee camp in Erbil. Photo: REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

[Episcopal News Service] Church bombings, brutal beheadings, forced conversions and mass migration have become the shocking...

March 18, 2015

[Episcopal News Service] EcoPeace Middle East, Koch-Ya’ari leads a campaign to rehabilitate the Jordan River. Once a vital source of clean water throughout the Holy Land, the river has been sullied by untreated sewage and drought during the past 50 years.

March 18, 2015

[Episcopal News Service] It may be a cliché to say that water knows no boundaries, but for Elizabeth Koch-Ya’ari, navigating the stream of ecology and peacemaking is bringing together Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian environmentalists – people of different faiths from...

March 12, 2015

[Anglican Alliance] As the terrible torment of the Syrian people continues into its fifth year, the #withSyria coalition of international agencies calls on world leaders to fulfill their commitments to bring an end to the conflict and suffering.

The Syrian crisis is the largest...

March 1, 2015

[World Council of Churches press release] The World Council of Churches (WCC) has condemned recent attacks against a mosque in the West Bank and a Christian center in Jerusalem that appear to be part of the series of so-called “price-tag” attacks by extremist elements.