Calls to Action
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) plays a convening role for the World Council of Churches (WCC) by providing an international platform for the many initiatives of the churches and ecumenical partners in the region and around the world who have a commitment to work for peace with justice in the Middle East region. This convening role will lead PIEF to issue or contribute to 'Calls to action' that lead to collective policy development and coordinated ecumenical action in the peace-making and peace-building tracks of the PIEF. These calls involve the wider ecumenical community as well as leaders of other religions.
- Bern Perspective
- Final document of the International theological conference "Promised Land" hosted by the Swiss Protestant Federation and the Reformed Churches in Bern-Jura-Solothurn, in the framework of the WCC Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum. The 85 participants came from Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa and Asia.
- Amman Call
- The Amman Call, issued in June 2007, as the result of the World Council of Churches international peace conference in Amman, Jordan, put forth the urgent plea from Palestinian Christians to their brothers and sisters in Christ: "Enough is enough. No more words without deeds. It is time for action." Through the Call, the churches were challenged to not remain silent in the face of suffering. "The Amman Call" is also the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum's founding document adopted by the conference and acknowledges the fact that in Palestine/Israel "children of God - Christian, Muslim and Jew - are imprisoned in a deepening cycle of violence, humiliation and despair". But it also affirms that "the role of the churches is to heal and to bring all sides to reconciliation".
- Kairos Palestine Document
- Kairos is a call to from a group of Palestinian Christians pronouncing a word of faith, and hope from the heart of Palestinian suffering. The document containing the call is issued at a time perceived to coincide with what appears to be a dead-end in the tragedy of the Palestinian people. It raises questions to the international community, political leaders in the region, and the church. It narrates the grim everyday reality for Palestinians and decries the occupation of Palestine as a sin. Non-violent resistance is claimed as a right and obligation, a way to affirm God given human dignity, and an act of liberating love for Palestinians and Israelis. Discerning signs of hope even in the midst of acutely desperate conditions, Kairos asserts the Palestinian claim that land universal vocation and cannot be appropriated by any single political project. God will liberate the land because He is a God of justice. Kairos is a cry to the churches to speak with courage, proclaim the kingdom, and affirm the resurrection. It is then a call to seek Jerusalem – the foundation of our vision and life.