The Social Justice and Outreach Committee of our Diocese would like to draw the attention of our parishes to the Presiding Bishop's message concerning the support of our fellow Christians in the Holy Land and Near East through our Good Friday offerings. In part, he has written to our bishops, clergy and parishes:

As you know, each year, every bishop and congregation is encouraged by the Presiding Bishop to participate in the Good Friday Offering. This tradition is decades old and is an important statement of our solidarity with the members of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. We have a Gospel imperative to be sure they know they are not forgotten behind the headlines or because of the distractions in our own lives.

At our convention last November a unanimous resolution was passed which included the affirmation of the work of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in healing, education, and pastoral care.  

The season of Lent and our Good Friday offerings presents an opportunity to add actions to words.  Resources and more information can be found here.

In the spring the SJO Committee is going to offering a short seminar series on the Palestinian-Israeli situation in order that we may better understand our Christian sisters and brothers of the Holy Land.  More information will be forthcoming.

–Photo: Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem

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