For more than 65 years, Mennonites have witnessed to the good news of Jesus Christ in Israel and Palestine through Mennonite Mission Network, Eastern Mennonite Missions, Mennonite Central Committee, Christian Peacemaker Teams, our colleges and seminaries and in other ways.
This is a region with much hurt and pain. We long for right relationships and a peace that serves the well-being and flourishing of all, whether Israeli, Palestinian, Jew, Muslim or Christian.
When Mennonites began a presence in this region, a deliberate decision was made not to start Mennonite congregations, but to work with local partners.
Seeing Peace in Israel-Palestine Resolution for consideration by delegates in Orlando, July 2017
“Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace” Speaking Tour
“Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace” Speaking Tour, April and May 2017
Kairos Palestine Study Guide
In Oct. 2011, the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA called on congregations to read and study “Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth.” This is an important appeal from Palestinian Christians to us and to the world and one significant voice from the region. The attached study guide in four sessions has been prepared to help congregations and members engage this important document.
“Come and See” Learning Tours
In response to Kairos Palestine, a 2009 appeal by Palestinian Christians, Mennonite Church USA began promoting and expanding opportunities for Mennonite pastors and other leaders to participate in Israel/Palestine learning tours and to “come and see” the current reality (Purposeful Plan, lines 980-984). Our goal was to send one hundred leaders on learning tours in a five year period. Most tours were organized in partnership with area conferences. As of April 2017, one hundred ten leaders from across the church have participated in “Come and See” learning tours to the region, concluding this initiative.
Reports, Reflections and Photos from Learning Tours
- April 2015 Travelogue
- News story about Feb-March 2014 “Come and See” learning tour
- Reflection from Chad Horning, Chief Investment Officer at Everence
Partners in Peacemaking Staffing
Statements & Letters