Get InvolvedHere are six ways you can participate in the ELCA’s efforts to help build peace with justice in Palestine and Israel through the Peace Not Walls campaign.
Peace Not Walls has an active network of individuals and working groups across the United States that you are invited to join. Check out the Peace Not Walls crowdmap to see and connect with those in your local area. Sign up and join our community forum where we share resources and generate ideas. For more information, email or call 773-380-2720.
Pray for the people of the Holy Land and for a just and peaceful transformation of the conflict. Join the international prayer vigil for peace in the Middle East on the 24th of every month and pray alongside others around the world. Participate in the annual World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel. Find a bulletin insert about the prayer vigil, a prayer litany from the Holy Land and other worship resources on the resource page under the "Pray" tab.
Walk with our companions in the Holy Land, ELCA missionaries and Ecumenical Accompaniers working for peace with justice in the region by following their blogs and websites (look under the "Accompany" tab on the resources page). There are many ways to accompany our companions:
- Become an “Ecumenical Accompanier” with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel and live in the Holy Land for three months on a peacebuilding team.
- If you are between the ages of 19-29, join the Young Adult in Global Mission program and live in the Holy Land for a year.
- Sponsor an ELCA missionary living and working in the Holy Land.
- Travel to the Holy Land with an existing group or plan your own trip.
To receive the latest updates and action alerts from Peace Not Walls, sign up for the Middle East Network Newsletter. Peace Not Walls encourages you to become familiar with and contact your members of Congress to advocate for peace and justice in Palestine and Israel. Check out the "Advocate" tab on the resources page.
Host an event
Thinking about holding an event to raise awareness? Looking for resources on how to do this? We have resources to help: background on some of the major issues of the conflict, suggestions for the best videos, books, websites and study resources, and other printed resources. To order printed handouts, click here. You can find these materials under the "Learn more" tab on the resources page.
The Strategy for Engagement with Palestine and Israel and subsequent actions by churchwide assemblies encourage the purchasing of Palestinian products and the use of selective purchasing to avoid buying products made in illegal Israeli settlements built on Palestinian land. Various resources are available, including the ELCA stance on boycott, divestment, and sanctions; and guidance on identifying products made in Israeli settlements under the "Advocate" tab on the resource page.