An interfaith-based cycle of prayer vigils for those caught in the Israeli-Palesinian conflict continues in the United States.
The vigils, first proposed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and co-sponsored by the Churches for Middle East Peace ecumenical working group, were begun during Advent last year and will proceed until the Israeli-Palestinian violence ends and a "just and lasting" peace agreement emerges.
In December, a delegation of American church leaders, including Bernice Powell Jackson, executive minister of the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries, traveled to the Middle East to express solidarity with Christian churches there. The prayer vigils were undertaken in conjunction with the delegation's visit.
Faith groups participating in the prayer vigils include: the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); the Episcopal Church, USA; the Presbyterian Church (USA); the United Methodist Church; the World Council of Churches and the UCC. Individuals and congregations across the United States are encouraged to join in the regularly scheduled, state-by-state prayer vigils.
For information and resources, contact the Mideast Prayer Vigil, Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs, 122 C St. NW, Suite 125, Washington DC 20001; fax 202/783-7502; e-mail: email@example.com; or visit the Common Global Ministries website: www.globalministries.org and click on "Middle East."