Working Group on the Middle East (WGME)

 

 

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel
September 20-26, 2015
"God has broken down the dividing walls"
An initiative of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF)
of the World Council of Churches

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Chicago: Monthly Prayer Vigil for Middle East Peace


A global ecumenical prayer vigil began on December 24, 2012, and will continue across the globe, on the 24th of every month, until the Israeli occupation is dismantled, violence in the Middle East ends, and all can celebrate a just and lasting negotiated resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

 

In Chicago, you can participate in the monthly prayer vigil at:

Luther Memorial Church
2500 W. Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Prayer vigil the 24th of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Contact church office at 773-539-3018
www.luthermemorialchicago.org

Members of Luther Memorial are active leaders of WGME, and have shared the following prayer.

A Litany for Peace and Justice

This work for peace and justice is hard. It is demanding, time consuming, and sometimes tedious. Will you commit yourself to work for peace and justice?

I will and I ask God to help me!

This work for peace and justice can cause tensions and rifts. This work can drive wedges between people, but this work needs us to stick together. Will you dedicate yourself to doing your best to work with others?

I will and I ask God to help me!

This work for peace and justice is more effective when we embrace and respect diversity. Will you commit yourself to embracing and respecting difference?

I will and I ask God to help me!

This work for peace and justice requires creativity. This work demands that we push ourselves to look for new possibilities. Will you dedicate yourself to thinking and acting creatively for peace and justice?

I will and I ask God to help me!

This work for peace and justice requires faith and hope that a better tomorrow is possible. Will you dedicate yourself to find sources of faith and hope in your life?

I will and I ask God to help me!

This work for peace and justice calls us to find inner peace. Will you commit yourself to promote peace both within and without?

I will and I ask God to help me!

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Campaign of the Chicago Faith Coalition, with support from Defense for Children International Palestine

ISRALI MILITARY DETENTION – NO WAY TO TREAT A CHILD

  • Stop night arrests
     
  • Stop blindfolds and restraints
     
  • Stop separation from parents
     
  • Stop physical abuse and verbal threats
     
  • Stop isolation and coerced confessions

 

 

Bring Justice to Palestinian Children
Demand Israel End Military Detention

Please help bring justice to Palestinian children by signing up to receive email updates here. The WGME is a coalition partner for this campaign. Check out this less than 10-minute You Tube video to get a feel for the Israeli military practices associated with child detention.

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 The members of our synod's Working Group on the Middle East include:

Name Congregation
The Rev. Joanne Fitzgerald   Martin Luther, Chicago (Convener)  
Mary Anderson Atonement, Barrington
Joan Ehrenberg St. Paul's, Evanston
Ghassan (Gus) Khoury   St. Elias, Chicago  
Kholoud Khoury   St. Elias, Chicago  
Delbert and Gretchen Leppke St. Paul's, Evanston
Pam Sall Ebenezer, Chicago (Information Liaison)
Joe Scarry  St. Luke's, Logan Square, Chicago
Don and Laurie Schuemann New Hope, Aurora
Dieter Schulte Luther Memorial, Chicago
Ed Thompson   Gloria Dei, Northbrook
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Page URL: http://www.mcselca.org/what/ministry/middle_east/