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IPMN Expresses Its Profound Grief, Standing in Solidarity with Muslims March 18, 2019 — The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, and expresses its profound grief for the heinous crimes. We stand in solidarity with all Muslims at this time, especially… more
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IPMN Responds to Recent Methodist Vote Against LGBTQI+ Community

IPMN Responds to Recent Methodist Vote Against LGBTQI+ Community March 8, 2019 — The recent vote by the United Methodist Church (UMC) against LGBTQI+ Community brings to mind a verse in the hymn “They Will Know We are Christians by Our Love”: We will work with each other We will work side by side And we’ll guard each one’s dignity And save each… more
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Why Palestine Matters

Why Palestine Matters, The Struggle To End Colonialism April 3, 2018 — Louisville, KY The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) [IPMN] is pleased to announce the publication of Why Palestine Matters, The Struggle To End Colonialism, a new book contextualizing the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people within… more

Presbyterians Oppose Congressional and State Anti-BDS Legislation

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Presbyterians Oppose Congressional and State Anti-BDS Legislation [see also: Protect Your Right To Boycott - a joint message from IPMN and our partner faith groups and organizations] February 5, 2019 — Statement by Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA): “It’s unfortunate that one…

Nakba, 70 Years On

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PCUSA signsEcumenical Statement - The Nakba, 70 Years On: Seeking a Hopeful Future in a Time of Yearning [The following ecumenical statement was issued on the 70 years since the establishment of the State of Israel and the resulting Palestinian Nakba ("catastrophe").] For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your…

Presbyterian Policies on Israel/Palestine

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Summary of recent PC(USA) actions on Israel/Palestine Issues (click here for Printer friendly PDF file) In 2010, the 219th GA actions reaffirming historical PC(USA) positions on Israel-Palestine, called for: Immediate cessation of all violence, whether perpetrated by Israelis or Palestinians End of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and…

IPMN Responds To US Decision To Cease All Funding To UNRWA

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IPMN Responds To US Decision To Cease All Funding To UNRWA September 6, 2018 — As the current and past moderators of the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA), we strongly condemn the action taken last week by the State Department to completely withdraw US funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).…

Open Letter NCCOP

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OPEN LETTER National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine June 12, 2017 Open letter from The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) to the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical movement Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. ~ Isaiah 1:17 Background As we meet this month in Bethlehem…

Jerusalem as Capital

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The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA) strongly condemns the U.S. President’s decisionto single out Jerusalem as a Jewish capital. Jerusalem is the spiritual heart of all three Abrahamic faiths. Read Dec. 6, 2017 letter to Donald J. Trump from patriarchs and heads of local Jerusalem churches on this issue. Jerusalem fact sheet Legal…
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Keep Hope Alive Trips

IPMN Partners with JAI

Keep Hope Alive Trips

Launched in 2002, the JAI' Olive Tree Campaign distributes olive saplings among farmers, sponsored by individuals, YMCAs, YWCAs, churches, church related organizations, human rights organizations, as well as solidarity and advocacy groups around the world, as an act of solidarity and support to help 'Keep Hope Alive'. The farmers supported are these who suffer from the various Israeli policies that put their land and property under the threat of confiscation, and the sponsored olive trees get planted in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip areas where olive trees have been uprooted and destroyed by the Israelis, or where fields are threatened to be confiscated by the Israeli military Occupation, or where parts of the Israeli apartheid wall and settlements are constructed on part of the land.

JAI OTC Poster English M"Security reasons" is the Israeli excuse given for the uprooting of trees, while in reality Palestinians' olive trees are destroyed for the…

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Reflections on The Nakba at 70

What the Nakba Means to Us
by Nahida Halaby Gordon and Sami A. Halaby

It has been slightly more than 70 years since we had to leave our home, our Palestine, and our Palestinian community of family, friends, and neighbors.  It was a traumatic event in our lives, which we relive year after year.

Imagine how you would feel if when you visit the country of your birth, you are treated as an enemy alien and if allowed to enter you would only be able to stay at most three months. You find your home confiscated and occupied by people who were encouraged to come because they were persecuted elsewhere.  As you move around you become aware that your community has been erased.  Your roots have been cut. Nothing is recognizable - villages have been destroyed, churches, mosques, schools and cemeteries and other infrastructure have been replaced.  Palestinian street names are replaced by Israeli names. Olive trees and farmland that have been terraced for generations are being replaced by…

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Hosanna Preaching Seminars


woman_keyThe purpose of the seminars is to struggle with and to address the serious theological problems which arise when the traditions of a religious community and its way of reading the scriptures assert that its members are somehow chosen, set apart, called or covenanted to be in a unique and specially privileged relationship with God to the exclusion of all others. These assertions have profoundly affected the self understanding, the relationships to those outside the religious community and the attitudes and values of many within the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions across the centuries. And, secular nation-states, like the USA, Israel, and others sometimes make similar claims of divine election.  

It is one thing to affirm that every man, woman and child on earth is created in the image and likeness of God, is infinitely loved by God and therefore is of infinite value. It is quite another to claim that belonging to one or another of these religious or national communities…

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