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May 27, 2010

ELCIC Members Encouraged to Participate in World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel May 29-June 4

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) encourages its members to join with faith communities around the world in prayer, education and advocacy activities during World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel from May 29 to June 4, 2010.

Initiated by the World Council of Churches (WCC), of which the ELCIC is a member, World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel is a call for WCC member churches and related organizations to join in a week of advocacy and action for just peace in Palestine and Israel and send a clear signal to policy-makers, interested publics and communities about the urgent need for a peace settlement that secures the legitimate rights and future of both peoples.

The call for participation among ELCIC members comes following a motion passed at the 2009 ELCIC National Convention titled, An ELCIC Convention Resolution on the Holy Land. The resolution encourages the ELCIC to, call on its members to regularly pray for peace for all people in the Holy Land, especially the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.

Further information on World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel is available on the WCC website (http://www.oikoumene.org/en/events-sections/wwppi.html) and through KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives (http://www.kairoscanada.org/en/rights-and-trade/news-list/news/archive/2010/05/article/world-week-for-peace-in-israel-palestine-may-29-to-june-4/?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=115&cHash=ffc847ca9c)

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