Written by Bennett Guess
Leaders of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have put forth a joint pastoral response to what is being called the Palestine 'Kairos' document. The Palestinian document, "A Moment of Truth," is described foremost as a theological statement, which spells out the reality of Israeli occupation for Palestinians, and calls on the global community of nations to do what is necessary to end the occupation.
UCC and Disciples leaders describe the document as "a word of faith, hope, and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering."
"Palestinian Christians see several signs of hope, including enduring Christian presence and ecumenical witness in the land called holy; ongoing interfaith dialogue; the perseverance of generations of Palestinians and the continuation of memory; and the determination to overcome resentment and to be prepared for reconciliation when justice has been restored," states the pastoral response, which is co-signed by the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the UCC's general minister and president, and the Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte, executive minister of the UCC's Wider Church Ministries, along with their Disciples counterparts.
Read the UCC/Disciples' pastoral response here.
Read more from Global Ministries about how to take action in support of the Kairos document.
Read the original Palestinian Christian Kairos paper here.