Supporting Relief Work in Disaster-Stricken Beirut

We are glad to promote the relief work of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD), especially in the light of the tragic explosion in Beirut this week. Here is a brief update from the LSESD team on the ground.

Visit MEBO’s emergency response page to learn how you can partner with us and how to pray: www.mebo.org/helpbeirut

Founded in 1998 with roots going back to 1955, LSESD is a Lebanese faith-based organization with a focus on inclusive education, relief & development, and equipping the church. With its reach throughout the Middle East & North Africa, LSESD seeks to empower the local Church and serve the local community regardless of background by:

  • Restoring hope to the vulnerable and marginalized 
  • Building bridges with local communities 
  • Nurturing servant leaders and responsible citizens

Christian Zionism: The Bible, Israel and the Church

United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR) and Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) present two recognized authorities on Christian Zionism, a disturbing political theology embraced by millions of Americans who now have a tremendous influence on US foreign policy with regard to Israel and Palestine.

Rev. Drs. Stephen Sizer and Munther Isaac will help us understand the theology of Christian Zionism, why it is an inaccurate interpretation of Scripture, how it is harming Palestinian Christians and the entire Middle East peace process, and how to counter this theology in our churches.

LEARN MORE about our speakers and REGISTER HERE: https://tinyurl.com/CZ-webinar

An Open Letter from Christian Clergy from the Bethlehem Area

“Act with justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed.” (Jeremiah 22:3)

We are writing this letter in our capacity as spiritual leaders of various Christian communities in the Bethlehem Area. The Israeli Government is planning to annex more occupied Palestinian land. According to the information they have released, this process could begin on July 1st. For Palestine, Bethlehem and particularly for its Christian population, this new process of annexation will be particularly catastrophic.

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THIS IS THE HOLY LAND (Exodus 3:5). IT NEEDS JUSTICE AND ONLY JUSTICE

A Statement by three former Heads of Churches in Jerusalem on the Israeli Annexation plans

“Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ. Greetings from the Land of the Holy One, Israel and Palestine.

The Holy Land is in fire, in a situation of war, and needs to be restored to its holiness. It is full of human sufferings, because justice is absent. The land of God calls on all churches, governments, and people of good will, to act and put an end to this tragedy. All believers are responsible. 

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Living Stones Yearbooks

The Living Stones of the Holy land Trust Yearbooks are now available to download for free. https://www.livingstonesonline.org.uk/yearbook

The Living Stones Yearbooks have been produced annually since 2012. They present a range of important articles providing a platform for informed debate and scholarship concerning the life and times, historical and current, of the Christian communities in and around the Middle East.

Previous Yearbook editions

The Living Stones Yearbook is produced and distributed by Melisende UK Ltd from whom you can also order a print copy.

Managing Editor: Leonard Harrow
Editors: Mary Grey; Duncan Macpherson; Anthony O’Mahony; Colin South

Revd Fahed Abu Akel on Palestine

The Revd Fahed Abu Akel lives in Atlanta. He is the former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in the USA. In these short interviews he speaks candidly about being a Palestinian, living in the USA and his inspiration working for justice and peace in Palestine.

Born in Palestine Fahed explains how he became an Israeli citizen


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Leonard Harlan Rodgers

After a fierce sixteen-year battle with cancer, it is with a combination of great sadness and joy that the family and friends of Leonard Harlan Rodgers inform you that he has joined his Christ in heaven on this the eighth day of April, 2019; he was eighty-one years old. The sadness is for our loss of a husband, father, grandfather and friend who has been greatly loved and admired. The joy is in the firm belief that Leonard has ascended to join the vast assembly of saints at the thrown of Christ.

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