Olive Tree Planting in Palestine

_DSC3707One of the Five Marks of Mission widely adopted as an expression of contemporary Christian mission is “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth”.

Peacemaker Trust is therefore enthusiastic to support the Olive Tree Planting Campaign organised by the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA\YWCA of Palestine and Alternative Tourism Group (ATG). Continue reading

The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism

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Statement by the Patriarch and Local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

Christian Zionism is a modern theological and political movement that embraces the most extreme ideological positions of Zionism, thereby becoming detrimental to a just peace within Palestine and Israel.   The Christian Zionist program provides a worldview where the Gospel is reduced to an ideology of empire, colonialism, and militarism. In its extreme form, it places an emphasis on apocalyptic events leading to the end of history rather than living Christ’s love and justice today.

We categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as a false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation.  Continue reading

Andrew Ashdown on Humanitarian Aid in Syria

The Revd Andrew Ashdown has been a frequent visitor to Syria. He shares his experience of the vital work being undertaken by local humanitarian agencies caring for the victims of the war in Syria, yet sadly, largely ignored by the international media. He compares this with the media attention given to the well-funded Western-backed White Helmets.

For more information see:

St Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC)

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch (GOPA-DERD)

Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC)