To celebrate the fifth anniversary of launching the document “A Moment of Truth”, Kairos Palestine in partnership with PIEF and the Alternative Tourism Group will be holding an international conference and a series of events from 2-6 December 2014 in Bethlehem. The conference which will focus on theology, advocacy, justice, resistance and pilgrimage meets under the theme “Life with Dignity”.
The “pilgrimage is both a way to continue working for the one ecumenical movement and a way to move forward in our times that offer new dimensions, opportunities and practices,” said the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
On 6 November, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem published a statement in which they express their concern about the outbreak of violence and the rapid deterioration of the situation in the Holy City. They also call for respect of the status quo governing the city's holy sites, especially on the Haram al Sharif, the Esplanade of the Mosques.
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) was launched by the WCC in 2007 to catalyze and co-ordinate new and existing church advocacy for peace, aimed at ending the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories in accordance with UN resolutions, and demonstrate its commitment to inter-religious action for peace and to justice that serves all peoples of the region.
PIEF acts to
- challenge government support for the occupation
- challenge public support for the occupation
- challenge theological and biblical justifications for the occupation and
- maintain viable the Palestinian Christian presence in the Holy Land.