Using Peace Not Walls Educational Resources
Peace Not Walls is the campaign of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to learn, pray and act for peace with justice in the Holy Land in response to the 2005 Churchwide Assembly adoption of a Churchwide Strategy for Engagement in Israel and Palestine.
An easy way to introduce any group to the Peace Not Walls campaign, the ministries of our companion, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and the realities of Palestine/Israel is to view the 30-minute DVD Peace Not Walls: Making a Difference in the Holy Land
and use the downloadable discussion guide. Click here to view the film online
, or order it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
. To download the discussion guide, click here
In addition, the educational templates listed below point to ways the Peace Not Walls web site resources can help pastors, teachers, and congregational leaders
- introduce concerns about justice in Palestine and Israel
- expand understanding of the issues
- suggest options for taking action.
- One-session introduction for adult forums (Word OR PDF)
- Three-session overview for adult forums (Word OR PDF)
- One-session introduction for youth (Word OR PDF)
- One-session introduction for young adults (Word OR PDF)
- One-session introduction for women (Word OR PDF)
- One-session introduction to using worship resources (Word OR PDF)
- One-session introduction to travel in the Holy Land (Word OR PDF)
- One-session introduction to theological and interreligious issues (Word OR PDF)
Especially For Children
- Village Vignettes: Stories and Parables of Jesus from first-century Nazareth
This is a series of booklets for use by adults and older youth in Bible study and other small group meetings. Written from a Middle Eastern point of view, they enable Western readers to appreciate more deeply the cultural meanings of Jesus' teachings. They are available from the Nazareth Village gift shop and are shipped from the US warehouse at a cost of $2 for each booklet; orders of over 50 booklets receive an automatic 50% discount. See specific descriptions.
- Christina Goes to the Holy Land
Holy Cross Bookstore offers Maria Khoury's Christina Goes to the Holy Land, a children's story from an Eastern Orthodox perspective, with this description: Created to help children love and appreciate the sacred and precious land of our Lord's birth, life, death, and resurrection by walking as a pilgrim in the footsteps of Christ. Preschool and up.
- Art By Palestinian Children
Check out thisgallery of letters and drawings by Palestinian children in schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land.
Resources from Other Sources
- Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace is a 44-page booklet and an 80-minute DVD produced by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church USA. The user’s guide suggests ways to use the resources to do a one-session, four-session or seven-session series. Watch the video and download fact sheets for free or order copies of the booklet and the DVD for $5-$10 each depending upon quantity at the link above.