Leaders of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) came together at Assembly 2023 at the Friday, June 30 afternoon session, to discuss the complex political situation in Palestine and Israel and introduce a proposed resolution.
The session and discussion is a result of many months of listening to partner voices and reflecting on existing statements by the World Council of Churches and the Anglican Communion, and review of reports from Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations. It also comes after a visit to the Holy Land by the two leaders ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson and ACC Archbishop Linda Nicholls in which they listened carefully to the worry, frustration, and challenges of Palestinian Christians and Muslims in the Occupied Territories.
The Assembly 2023 resolution on Peace in Palestine and Israel emerges at a critical time in the long trajectory of violent conflict between Palestinians and Israelis over the past 75 years, said Andrea Mann, ACC director of Global Relations during an introduction on the resolution.
“The November 2022 federal election in Israel, resulting in a coalition government, have empowered ultranationalist religious and political radicals in new and worrisome ways for Palestinians and Israelis,” she continued. “Palestinians have grown increasingly disenchanted with the Palestinian Authority which has proven ineffectual at protecting its citizens and lands from harm, and in providing leadership for peace-making.”
ELCIC Eastern Synod Bishop Michael Pryse shared that the resolution, “is informed by the voices of our partners in the Holy Land – the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem – who are pleading with us to accompany them in prayer and action.”
Both the General Synod and ELCIC Special Convention will consider the resolution in their separate business sessions.
The full resolution can be viewed here:
- General Synod Resolution on Peace and Justice in Palestine and Israel (https://assembly.anglicanlutheran.ca/acc/cc/resolutions/a160/)
- ELCIC Special Convention Resolution on Peace and Justice in Palestine and Israel (https://elcic.box.com/s/yo6lbtnhir6ak9n92sp5io3jtzxx78sk)