The World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel (Sept. 17–24) is an annual initiative organized by the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches.
During this week, which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on September 21, church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.
You are all invited to join in our prayers and share your hopes for justice and peace. The World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel is a follow up to the joint prayers for justice and peace in the Holy Land, held in Jerusalem on the 5 June, and the WCC Peace Consultations with church leaders from all over the world, which took place in Beit Sahour two weeks later. It is accompanied by a worldwide social media campaign; “Seek #JusticeAndPeace in the Holy Land”, launched in June 2017. Representing over half a billion Christians in more than 120 countries, the World Council of Churches is a strong and visible advocate for justice and peace. Through support of its member churches in the region, and interreligious dialogue with other faith-based organizations, the World Council of Churches has a long history of engagement for justice and peace in Palestine and Israel.
—Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
Ways to Get Involved
- Pray – Please pray for lasting peace and hope in a better future
- Use the online resources – The WCC has a variety of resources available to mark this event
- Use the order of service – Download and print the available liturgical resources during the Week for Peace or near to the International Day of Prayer for Peace (Sept. 21)
- Seek #JusticeAndPeace in the Holy Land – Half a century has passed since the six-day war when Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. Despite stalled peace processes and the sufferings entailed by the occupation, people still hope for a better future. Meet 12 people with different backgrounds sharing their hopes for justice and peace in the Holy Land. Help promote #JusticeAndPeace by sharing their stories.
About the World Council of Churches
The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches, including the PCC, which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures, and therefore seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It is a community of churches on the way to visible unity in one faith and one eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and in common life in Christ. It seeks to advance towards this unity, as Jesus prayed for his followers, “so that the world may believe” (John 17:21).