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Welcome to the ACT Palestine Forum (APF). Our objective is to increase the effectiveness and impact of the humanitarian assistance and development work being undertaken by members through improved coordination. One of the projects of the APF is to conduct joint advocacy on behalf of the members of the forum.

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A prayer vigil sponsored by the ACT Palestine Forum and devoted to peace in the Middle East is held on the 24th of every month.  Please join the vigil.  Click here to find out if others near you are already participating or to start up a group. 

An overarching goal of the ACT Palestine Forum is to contribute to a global discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We call the global Christian communities and Churches to engage and to act to help ending the occupation. APF encourages positive actions from the global Christian communities to influence decision-makers and prompt actions that contribute to end Israeli occupation and all its violations of International Law. We call for the application of the relevant international resolutions concerning the Palestinian cause on all parties involved. We call for the principle of having a state for all its citizens, based on respect of religion, equality, justice, freedom and respect for pluralism.

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APF’s choice in the face of the occupation is to resist it, for the good of the enemy and for our own good. Our resistance will remain: creative non-violent resistance, such as advocacy, popular resistance, perseverance, and economic boycott of all the occupation products, and all peaceful ways of pressure on the Israeli leaders so that they enter the ways of peace and justice.

“We believe in a good and just God and that his goodness will triumph over the evil of hatred and death that persist in our land. Only then will we see in Jerusalem “a new earth” and a “new human being” capable of loving all his/her brothers and sisters in this land.” – Kairos Palestine

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Palestinian man pouring water for sheeps from a water cistern reconstructed during a joint DCA and YMCA project assisting the vulnerable communities in Area C in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Palestinian man pouring water for sheeps from a water cistern reconstructed during a joint DCA and YMCA project assisting the vulnerable communities in Area C in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital operates a Mobile Mammography Unit which strives to identify women with breast cancer at an early stage so they may be referred to AVH for treatment with better outcomes. Photo by M. Brown
The Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital operates a Mobile Mammography Unit which strives to identify women with breast cancer at an early stage so they may be referred to AVH for treatment with better outcomes. Photo by M. Brown
A pediatric dialysis patient at the Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital proudly displays the coloring she has done as part of the psycho-social care facilitated for children in the hospital’s Specialized Child Care Center. Photo by K.Brown
A pediatric dialysis patient at the Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital proudly displays the coloring she has done as part of the psycho-social care facilitated for children in the hospital’s Specialized Child Care Center. Photo by K.Brown
A trainee at the Lutheran World Federation’s Vocational Training Program concentrates on his instructor’s advice for learning the important skill of drafting. Photo by K. Brown
A trainee at the Lutheran World Federation’s Vocational Training Program concentrates on his instructor’s advice for learning the important skill of drafting. Photo by K. Brown
Students in the East Jerusalem village of Bethany proudly receive school supplies distributed by the Lutheran World Federation. Photo by B. Moyer
Students in the East Jerusalem village of Bethany proudly receive school supplies distributed by the Lutheran World Federation. Photo by B. Moyer
As part of its commitment to protect the rights of those most marginalized, the LWF promotes access to educational loans and grants awarded to Palestinian youth, such as Dr. Maysa’a Sea’fan, who received a scholarship to study medicine at Al-Quds University and has become one of three female obstetricians/gynecologists serving in Hebron. Photo by B. Moyer
As part of its commitment to protect the rights of those most marginalized, the LWF promotes access to educational loans and grants awarded to Palestinian youth, such as Dr. Maysa’a Sea’fan, who received a scholarship to study medicine at Al-Quds University and has become one of three female obstetricians/gynecologists serving in Hebron. Photo by B. Moyer

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ACT Palestine Forum: 24 July 2016 Prayers

July 25, 2016 –

Prayer Petitions: 24 July 2016

ACT PALESTINE FORUM PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

24TH of every month

Every day in the month ahead, we continue to pray with and for our sisters and brothers in Palestine and Israel who have called for an ecumenical prayer vigil across the globe on the 24th of every month.

We are called to pray for an end to hostilities and bloodshed, for healing and reconciliation, for the cessation of house demolitions,  for an end to the siege on Gaza, and a just and lasting peace that brings safety and development to all Palestinians and Israelis.

APF encourages its friends and partners to visit the APF website and APF Facebook page often to find, and also contribute, updates, photos, stories, advocacy ideas, and special prayers.  

PRAYERS for 24 July 2016 and the month following:

Oh God, source of all goodness and compassion, grant that your holy and life-giving Spirit may move among us, giving light and courage to the refugee, the immigrant and the most vulnerable in society, and ushering in the day that all may live in safety and security. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. God of refuge and strength, when the earth trembles and shakes, when hearts are discouraged and tired, when husbands and wives are not permitted to live together, and when whole families despair because they have been forced from their homes, grant that your love and life-sustaining power will flow, energizing, uniting, protecting and freeing all your children who struggle to keep hope alive. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. O God of many names and many nations, with wonderful diversity of languages and cultures you created all people in your image. Free us from prejudice and fear, that we may see your face in the faces of people around the world. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Gracious God of truth, lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our hearts, our world, and our universe. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. God of justice and love, embolden advocates and activists to speak truth to power. Strengthen teachers and social workers, pastors and bishops, doctors and lawyers, farmers and laborers who dare to risks for peace, justice and healing to all of humanity.  Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. We pray for our leaders, whose daily work and decisions affect the lives of so many around the world. Give them wisdom and show them how to bring security to the world without using evil to try to overcome evil. Give them your grace that, amid the clamor of war, they may seek a new path to prosperity and freedom for all. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. God of reconciliation, deliverer of the weak and powerless, protector of the widow and orphan, who welcomed the sinners, the outsiders and strangers, and healed the suffering ones: open our eyes and ears and hearts to the suffering of the people in Israel and Palestine. Empower us to use the resources you have so abundantly given us, to bring about the peace that will put an end to their strife. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer. God of hospitality, break down the walls that sever us from one another, so that we may see clearly the image of God in those we have once called our enemies. Grant us an eagerness to forgive and be forgiven and courage to recognize and embrace each other as brother and sister. All of this, and everything else that is needed for wholeness in the Holy Land, we pray, through your son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Please find a printable version here: APF Prayers July 2016

ACT Palestine Forum: 24 June 2016 Prayers

June 23, 2016 –

 

ACT PALESTINE FORUM PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Prayer Petitions for Faith and Unity

Friday, 24 June 2016

Every day in the month ahead, we continue to pray with and for our sisters and brothers in Palestine and Israel who have called for an ecumenical prayer vigil across the globe on the 24th of every month.

This month’s prayers were written by Uffe Gjerding from DanChurchAid. Included are two prayers that can be used interchangeably and a poem that can be used for discussion, reflection, or an addition to a service. We hope that you will join us throughout the year in building awareness and calling for an end to decades of occupation. APF encourages its friends and partners to visit the APF website and APF Facebook page to find, and also contribute, updates, photos, stories, advocacy ideas, and special prayers. We will be uploading all resources to the APF website and including updates on the Facebook page for your convenience and participation.  

INTRODUCTION TO THIS MONTH’S PRAYERS

John 17:21: “That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also maybe in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

This Bible text is a central part of Christ’s message shortly before his crucifixion, where addressed to his Father in heaven, but equally to us in the Christian community until this day. He must have realized that without unity in the church, the ability of the church to fulfill its witness in the world – in mission and in service – would not be credible. Fortunately, the ecumenical movement has demonstrated over the past approximately 100 years, that in spite of all our differences and diversity, we can act and witness together to the world if we so desire. The World Council of Churches and ACT Alliance are a proof of this. We have made progress, but we still need to keep Christ’s words before us in our prayers as a constant challenge to us.

PRAYERS

In the name of the father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen God of life, who cares for all of creation, and calls us to justice and peace, may our security not come from arms, but from respect. May our force not be of violence, but of love. May our wealth not be in money, but in sharing. May our path not be of ambition, but of justice. May our victory not be from vengeance, but in forgiveness. May our unity not be in the quest for power, but in vulnerable witness to do your will. Open and confident, may we defend the dignity of all creation, sharing, today and forever, the bread of solidarity, justice and peace. This we ask in the name of Jesus, your holy Son, our brother, who, as a victim of our violence, even from the heights of the cross, gave forgiveness to us all. Amen.   (Alternatively) Almighty God, breathe into us the wind of unity that recognizes our diversity,                    Breathe into us tolerance that welcomes and makes us community, Breathe into us fire that unites what is torn apart and heals what is ill,                    Breathe into us grace that overcomes hatred and frees us from violence, Breathe into us life that faces down and defeats death,                    Blessed be the God of mercy, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and makes all things new. Amen.
 

Say No to Peace!

Say "No" to peace if what they mean by peace is the quiet misery of hunger, the frozen stillness of fear, the silence of broken spirits, the unborn hopes of the oppressed.

Tell them that peace is the shouting of children at play, the babble of tongues set free, the thunder of dancing feet, and a father's voice singing.

Say "No" to peace, if what they mean by peace is a rampart of gleaming missiles, the arming of distant wars, money at ease in its castle, and grateful poor at the gate.

Tell them that peace is the hauling down of flags, the forging of guns into ploughs, the giving of fields to the landless, and hunger a fading dream.

Brian Wren

A printable PDF version can be found here: APF June Prayer Vigil 2016

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