Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs

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Action Alert:  updated November 06, 2003                                 

Overview of ELCA Concerns
related to U.S. Policy and Palestinian-Israeli Relations

Action Needed         Resources         Documents




Call for a Shared Jerusalem and 
International Observers

Jerusalem . . . The high priority given the future status of Jerusalem by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America reflects Jerusalem’s overarching importance to our Christian brothers and sisters in that city and throughout the region. It also is indicative of its prominence in inter-religious relations and its central place in negotiations to resolve the tragic conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.  (Photos:  The Rev. Munib Younan, Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan.  The Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.)

International Observers . . . The 2001 ELCA Churchwide Assembly (CWA), among other actions related to peace in the Middle East, encouraged advocacy for immediate international protection of Palestinian populations under occupation. The Assembly also affirmed the work of the Division for Global Mission and the Division for Church in Society in their efforts to organize an ecumenical response to the crisis in Palestine and Israel that includes: 1) accompanying Palestinians in nonviolent efforts to end the occupation; 2) mobilizing grassroots activists in the U.S. for prayer and advocacy; 3) developing and distributing congregational resources; and 4)engaging the public media concerning U.S. policy toward the Middle East 2001 ELCA CWA action on the Middle East

Please write to your members of Congress at this important time.  Click here to see what the heads of many U.S. churches, including ELCA Presiding Bishop H. George Anderson, wrote to President Clinton in September 2000 about Jerusalem.   Click here for an action alert and background paper concerning international observers.

You can help to promote awareness and advocacy concerning Jerusalem by pinning the "Shared Jerusalem" poster (see Resources below), along with its pad of sign-up sheets, on a prominent bulletin board in your church. Once you receive the poster and sign-up pad, please send in a sign-up sheet to join the advocacy network and receive a packet of resources which includes educational materials and guidance for worship and Sunday school programs.

Please pray for the peace of Jerusalem and keep all its inhabitants in your prayers in the coming months.

Sign Up!  Shared Jerusalem Advocacy Network (A project of Churches for Middle East Peace and the Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs)

LOGA contact:  Mark B. Brown
Assistant Director for International Affairs and Human Rights

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