“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit”.Galatians 5:25
The Christian presence in Jerusalem and in the Holy Land is vital for all!
|This was the message of the Heads of Churches and European Union Heads of Missions during last week’s meeting in Jerusalem.|
After a month of turmoil and violence many Christians, Jews and Muslims are affected by the conflict in the Holy Land. The church is taking the first steps towards reconciliation, as they meet local and international community leaders to engage in dialogue to seek sustainable solutions. ICoHS is exploring how we can help facilitate this discussion in the coming months in order to tackle some of the root causes which resulted in the outburst of violence.
|During this month’s events in the Holy Land, ICoHS connected church leaders with media, which allowed them to voice their concerns in Europe and the United States (see our website https://www.icohs.org/religious-freedom-essential-to-achieving-peace-in-the-holy-land/ for the opinion article in “The Hill” or our Pentecost Event with Archbishop Hosam Naoum interview with the BBC).|
We participated virtually in the Freedom of Religion and Believes (FoRB) meeting to update participants about what was happening in the Holy Land. This resulted in Ms. Fiona Bruce, the MP’s Special Envoy for FoRB, to forward our message to Minister Cleverly for his consideration.
In addition, we were invited to join in the dialogue with Abrahamic Faith Leaders in the UK and had the privilege to convey the voice of the Christians in the Holy Land.
|In July we hope to participate in the International Freedom of Religion Summit in Washington DC. Together we aim to gain political support for global religious freedom movement and embolden religious groups, civil society and government to take stands for religious freedom.|
ICoHS continued this month with its series on “Feasts of the Holy Land” as we started May with the celebration of Orthodox Easter, followed by Ascension Day and Pentecost. Our virtual visit to the Holy Land on Pentecost (see our website https://www.icohs.org/feasts-of-the-holy-land/ for the Pentecost Event) attracted 1000+ viewers on YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Next month we conclude both research-projects we commissioned on the Role of Christianity in the Holy Land and the Rapid Assessment of Christian Schools (of five denominations). The findings of the research on the “Role of Christianity in the Holy Land” will be presented on October 13, 2021 in London. We hope to invite key Church leaders from the UK as well as the Holy Land (Covid19 restrictions permitting) to this important event at Saint Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey. In our next Newsletter we will share more information about this upcoming event.
ICoHS continues to collect funding for medical needs. Millions of dollars are pledged for emergency assistance to Gaza in response to the destruction, however, there is a real lack of medicines in other parts of the Holy Land, in particular in the Bethlehem area.
During this pandemic many people cannot afford basic medicines. We invite you to support our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land in this difficult period https://www.icohs.org/donate-now/
Our bank account details are:
For UK donors:
Account Name: International Community of The Holy Sepulchre
Sort Code: 20-80-57
For International donors:
IBAN: GB38 BUKB 20805710426857
Please reference: Medical Campaign
Thank you for your prayers for the Peace of Jerusalem!
Anita Delhaas-van Dijk