Mennonite Church USA resolution:
We have over fifteen congregations who have signed on to endorse this resolution! We will be submitting this to the resolutions committee soon. The next step is for the resolutions committee to send this on to the Constituency Leaders Council, for discussion at their meeting next month. If all goes well, it will then be approved for consideration by the Delegate Assembly in Kansas City this summer. Again thanks so much to all of you for working in your congregations.
MennoPIN sign-on: #SkipTheSpeech
At the request of MennoPIN members in Oregon, MennoPIN has been asked to sign on to a letter to Oregon congressional representatives asking them to not attend the upcoming speech by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The steering committee is in favor of signing on. We invite your feedback.
Use the hashtag #SkipTheSpeech and visit the U.S. Campaign’s website to learn more and get involved: http://endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=4292.
MCC partner Baladna photo essay: Bedouin in the Naqab (Negev)
MCC partner Baladna presents a photo exhibition highlighting several Bedouin villages in the Negev, with each village presenting a different issue faced by its residents. The complete photo exhibition for the four villages—Wadi al-Nam, Awajan, Aum Btin, and Siriya—is available from Baladna, which encourages interested people to present these photos to raise awareness about Bedouin communities in Israel. Check out more here: https://mccpalestine.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/baladna-photo-essay-bedouin-in-the-naqab-negev/.
A new item we will begin to share are regular prayer requests that you can use in your congregations. We will format them so you can include them as church bulletin inserts. Attached here and here are recent prayer requests. We also encourage you to continue to pray alongside Palestinians using prayers like those shared by Sabeel: http://www.sabeel.org/waveofprayer.php.
MennoPIN learning resources list:
We are happy to share a list of learning resources compiled by our Education Subcommittee. In the attached you will find helpful ideas for further learning. We welcome your feedback. Work continues as we develop a Kairos Palestine study guide for Mennonites. As always, check out the MennoPIN website for more information on Kairos Palestine, BDS, and more at https://mennopin.org/. Like us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MENNOPIN/504464379657343. And follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/MennoPIN.
Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network Steering Committee:
- Jonathan Brenneman (Lima Mennonite Church, Lima, OH)
- Tom Harder (Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Wichita, KS)
- Joy Lapp (Pleasant View Mennonite Church, Mt Pleasant, IA)
- George Muedeking (Albuquerque Mennonite Church, Albuquerque, NM)
- Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach (Peace Fellowship Church, Washington, DC)
- Timothy Seidel (Community Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA)