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Peace with Justice Sunday

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Claiming one’s property and living without fear are dreams to many Palestinians who have lost their homes and struggle daily with humiliation at military checkpoints as they go to jobs, schools and hospitals. Ongoing unrest, some of it ethnically based, impedes economic and political stability.

David Wildman has served in advocacy work with the Middle East since 1989. As executive secretary for human rights and racial justice with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, he travels frequently to the strife-torn region, which he described as “one of the most misunderstood areas in the world today.”

Much of The United Methodist Church’s mission in the Middle East is located in Israel/Palestine and reaches out through education, employment, health, human rights, hunger, liberation theology and programs for people with special needs.

“Palestinian Christians cry out to Christians in North America to be instruments of peace and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.” Alex Awad, Palestinian Christian. After the prophet Micah echoed the words of his contemporary, Isaiah, he added a verse, “But they shall sit ... under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid.” (Micah 4:3b-4a)

In his day, Micah denounced injustice and religious hypocrisy and sympathized with the needs of the poor. He could have been writing about today’s situation in Israel and Palestine.

“I am encouraged by United Methodists who, along with ecumenical and interfaith partners, are engaging in the genuine pursuit of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and around the world.” The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society.

Your contribution encourages living a gospel of peace. The United Methodist Peace with Justice Sunday offering makes a difference through ministries in the United States and around the world. Thank you for your generous gift!

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