Dear Friends,

Greetings from the steering committee of the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network! This past month at our last steering committee check-in, we decided there were several items we needed to share with you all for your feedback and participation.

1) The first relates to the work of the Network subcommittees (Education, Advocacy/Action, Grassroots, and Communications). We are looking forward to getting these subcommittees off the ground, but we wanted to reiterate the invitation to join them. In particular, we are looking for folks to serve on the Communications and Grassroots subcommittees. Perhaps most importantly, we are looking for someone to serve as web manager for the Network website. Please do let us know if you are interested.

2) Another important topic of conversation within the steering committee has been over the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network joining the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation. Many of us on the steering committee have had experiences with the U.S. Campaign and believe it is doing important work on these issues. Indeed, staff at the U.S. Campaign personally contacted us inviting our Network to become a member. So while there is affirmation among the steering committee to join, we welcome your thoughts and counsel. What do you think? Do you affirm the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network joining the U.S. Campaign? Or do you have any concerns?

For more information about the U.S. Campaign, visit their website at http://www.endtheoccupation.org/; and for info about what it means to be a member, check out http://www.endtheoccupation.org/section.php?id=384. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this issue.

3) We want to share a note from Andre Gingerich Stoner, director of holistic witness for Mennonite Church USA. It is an update from Mennonite Church USA on initiatives related to Israel/Palestine, describing a recent conference called “Impact Holy Land” as well as an MCUSA initiative to organize delegations to Palestine-Israel they are calling “Come and See Learning Tours.” Something quite relevant at the local congregational level is Andre’s reminder regarding the MCUSA response to the Kairos Palestine Document. You can learn more about this MCUSA response here: https://mennopin.wordpress.com/resources/kairos/. How have you all engaged Kairos Palestine?

4) Finally, we encourage you to spread the word about this Network. One way you can do this is by sharing the network website: https://mennopin.wordpress.com/. You can also share this online sign-up form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_ih4PkQl_yRLuxzokhZ3VD_DtFBgCUpIKt2jhJw4__k/viewform.

And while you are at it, take a look at the Network website where you will find links to up-to-date info from MCC Palestine http://mccpalestine.wordpress.com/ as well as the MCC Washington Office http://washington.mcc.org/issues/middleeast/israelpalestine.

Thank you!

Peace,

Mennonite Palestine Israel Network Steering Committee

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