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Why Palestine Matters

WPM cover webWhy Palestine Matters, The Struggle To End Colonialism, contextualizes the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people within other global justice struggles. With a foreword by Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, the book is grounded in international law and brings Palestine into focus through a lens of intersectionality, calling all those who struggle for justice against oppression to consider the challenge of seeing Palestinians in the context of other justice struggles. Why Palestine Matters demonstrates that the project of human emancipation is not limited to Palestine, but it also cannot proceed without Palestine.

Released in April, 2018, Why Palestine Matters is a 108-page, full- color publication with visuals on every page, a discussion guide, and maps. A companion website features further resources for study, including video clips and discussion guide.

Praise for the book:

Omar Barghouti, Palestinian human rights defender, co-founder of the BDS movement and co-recipient of the 2017 Gandhi Peace Award, praised the book, saying “This precious collection transcends description to offer prescription. It offers piercing, factual analyses not just to educate but, crucially, to empower and mobilize people of conscience into morally-consistent action to stand with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality."

Walter Brueggemann of Columbia Theological Seminary has praised the book, saying “[this] wake-up call alerts us to the reality that Palestinians are real people who have real human needs and real political legitimacy, who live under an oppressive system of colonial occupying exploitation. This important book summons us to a new awareness that carries with it a mandate to policies and actions that bespeak compassion and embody restorative justice.”

Click here for more praise for the book, Discussion Guide and Video episodes for Chapters.

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ZionismUnseettled_cover_400wZionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide 

What role have Zionism and Christian Zionism played in shaping attitudes and driving historical developments in the Middle East and around the world? How do Christians, Jews, and Muslims understand the competing claims to the land of Palestine and Israel? What steps can be taken to bring peace, reconciliation, and justice to the homeland that Palestinians and Israelis share? 

Zionism Unsettled embraces these critical issues fearlessly and with inspiring scope. The booklet and companion video draw together compelling and diverse viewpoints from Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Israel, Palestine, the US, and around the globe. By contrasting mainstream perceptions with important other perspectives frequently ignored in the media, Zionism Unsettled is an invaluable guide to deeper understanding. 

Released in January 2014 to immediate critical acclaim, Zionism Unsettled consists of a 74-page full-color illustrated booklet and free companion video episodes. 

A how-to guide for class leaders and focused discussion prompts make it an ideal resource for multi-week exploratory education programs in churches, mosques, synagogues, and all classroom settings.  

Click here to order online - also available on Amazon for international sales and for color kindle.
Click here to download color flyer
Click here to see sample pages
Click here to see praise for Zionism Unsettled
Click here to view full video episodes at free Vimeo channel.



Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace

Expanded second edition, April 2011

What are the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What are the common myths and misperceptions about the conflict? What is the role of the US government in the conflict and the peace process? What challenges and opportunities lie ahead in the quest for peace? How can congregations contribute to the cause of just peace for the people who share the Holy Land? Steadfast Hope presents a compelling snapshot of the current situation on the ground, highlighting the tragic human costs of war and occupation. The booklet also offers an inspiring view of cooperation among Muslim, Jewish, and Christian peacemakers working for justice and reconciliation. This 48-page, richly illustrated booklet is accompanied by a free companion video with short segments for group viewing and discussion. The booklet also includes a study guide for weekly lesson plans.

Item number 2646615001

1-9 copies: $10 each, 10-19 copies: $7 each, 20+ copies: $5 each

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Click here to view all video episodes at free Vimeo Channel.

a 24-page study plan
Kairos Palestine is the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” of our time. This Confession of Faith, written in 2009 by a broad spectrum of Palestinian Christian leaders, lifts up the classical theological virtues of faith, hope, and love that lie at the heart of the Christian Gospel. It affirms that resistance to injustice and oppression is firmly grounded in these principles. It is both an anguished cry in a dark hour and a profound testament to unquenchable hope. This special 24-page publication pairs the Kairos Palestine statement with a three-week study plan that provides individual readers and congregational groups with essential historical, political, and theological context as well as a list of thought-provoking questions to stimulate reflection and discussion.
Item number 26466-10-001, 1-19 copies: $2 each, 20+ copies: $1.50 each 
Order: http://store.pcusa.org/ or 800-524-2612 or just click on cover image 

 Slideshow online: 

download the free PowerPoint 
Powepoint Study Aids to download free:
Facts on the Ground - An introduction before you start (The Delaware Analogy)
We_Hear_Your_Call_cover_smThis collection of articles was published by Ecclesio in a week of reporting on the North American response to Kairos Palestine, a confession of faith written by Palestinian Christians in 2009, which called for solidarity in their hour of need. The document is translated from its original Arabic into twenty languages, and is entitled A Moment of Truth: A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering. With all the heads of churches in the Holy Land signing this confession of faith, it is a unique call to action to the Christian community around the world. These articles report on some of the actions taken by U.S. denominations in response to this call. The final article reports on the Canadian response. They appear here in the order they were published in May 2013.
free download - large file takes time to open.

by Rev. Elizabeth B. Knott
A six-week Lenten journey through the Gospel of Mark, with questions for reflection and a pictorial, contemporary Stations of the Cross. You will be engaged in finding your way to follow Jesus through the exploration of Mark’s Gospel by considering probing questions and by your own reflection. The issues of church and society today are not unlike those which Jesus encountered and which he addressed by lifting up the values of the Kingdom of God. In his time the values appeared radical, and so they are today. In his time, oppression and occupation were the common experience of the majority; so today oppression and occupation are experienced in his homeland.
The IPMN thanks Pal Craftaid for this new study guide.
To view online, click on image
For free download, click here



The Cradle of Our Faith

The Enduring Witness of the Christians of the Middle East
Who are the Christians who live in the Middle East today? How did the first-century church develop in the land of Jesus’ birthplace and spread to the far corners of the region? The Cradle of Our Faith is a fascinating portrait of these “living stones” of the early Christian Church. Learn about the modern-day Christian communities of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, and Egypt. Understand their distinctive theological roots, liturgical traditions, and relationship to the prevailing Muslim-majority culture. Trace the troubled historical relationship between the Eastern and Western Church. This beautifully illustrated, 20-page full-color keepsake booklet features photography, maps, statistics, and fascinating facts.  
Order Item number 26466-08-001
1-9 copies: $2.50 each, 10+ copies: $1.50 each


Teacher's outline for The Cradle of Our Faith

This study and class outline is designed for use with the Cradle of Our Faith booklet. Includes discussion questions.

Download: The Cradle of Our Faith PowerPoint study companion

This PowerPoint slideshow contains profiles of seven countries in the Middle East and Africa: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran,    Israel/Palestine, Iraq and Egypt. Each profile includes essential statistics, the history and current state of Christians in the country, information about PC(USA) partners and prayers. The slideshow lets you use your keyboard arrow buttons to move forward and back through the slides.

Bibliography about the Middle East

A list of books focusing on the culture of Christians in the Middle East and the tensions which concern them.

A 27 minute companion DVD based on our booklet can be ordered from The Reformed Church in America here

you can watch some of this RCA video here

       Order Booklet here
       or 800-524-2612 PDS item No.2646608001
       or just click on cover image


breakdown_sParts I, II, and Appendices (approved by 219th GA)
Part III, Section 1:  A Zionist Narrative
Part III, Section 2:  A Palestinian Narrative
Part III, Section 3-Maps



Full Report as brought to the 219th GA pre-approval (Large file 9.8MB)



justpeaceAn 8-page brochure introducing the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to the Gospel mandate for peacemaking and to the IPMN (this network) and its mission. Also includes "Looking at the Conflict through a Human Rights Lens" by Jeff Halper as well as a Keynote Address by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, delivered at the Sabeel Conference in Boston in 2007. This 8-page brochure was sent to all commissioners.
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Advent_Dev_2012_coverIPMN is pleased to share this Advent Devotional as a response to the call of Kairos Palestine and God's urgent call to justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel. We hope you will engage with the scriptures and the stories they have inspired this Advent season as we await the coming of the Prince of Peace.
Free download for printing. Share it in your congregation.
Print the flyer for bulletin boards.
Click here to view the devotional online (low resolution file).
Click here to download and print the devotional - free (high resolution file - will take time to open and download).


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