Dear Friends, apologies for another email, but we wanted to follow up to our MennoPin Update: #GazaUnderAttack by sharing a “Prayer and Action for Gaza” bulletin insert in English and in Spanish that one of our steering committee members drafted for use at their local Mennonite congregation, and that was translated by a network member. Please find this attached and feel free to use this as a template for your own congregation. (And let us know if you do!)
The MCC Washington Office issued this action alert to call on Congress to stop U.S. complicity in suffering and to support a just peace in Palestine and Israel by addressing underlying causes: http://mcc.org/get-involved/advocacy/alert/stop-violence-address-underlying-causes.
And the MCC Ottawa Office has shared this prayer for Palestine and Israel: http://mccottawaoffice.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/a-prayer-for-palestine-and-israel/.
For another important perspective on Gaza see Rachelle Friesen’s* “Lessons from Gaza”: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/lessons-from-gaza.html. And read updates by Christian Peacemaker Teams including info on a planned action today in Chicago: http://www.cpt.org/category/cptnet-categories/palestine.
[*Rachelle was deported by Israel earlier this summer after four years of serving as MCC peace worker in Palestine-Israel: http://washingtonmemo.org/2014/06/03/deportation-of-mcc-service-worker-a-sign-of-ongoing-efforts-to-work-for-justice-for-all/.]