Israel/Palestine Initiatives

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.

Adopted Resolution

Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine Resolution Adopted by delegates in Orlando, FL on July 6, 2017

News Story: Mennonites Choose ‘third-way’ on Israel and Palestine

 

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.

New four-week Kairos Palestine Study Guide

Kairós Palestina: Plan de estudios de quatro semanas, para congregaciones

Grassroots Initiatives

Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA

Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network (Menno-PIN)

“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

Goals and criteria for “Come and See” tours

Learning Tour Participants

Partners in Peacemaking Staffing

MVS Position Helps Implement “Partners in Peacemaking” Resolution

Statements & Letters

Open Letter from Mennonite Church USA leaders delegation, June 2007

Mennonite Church USA response to Kairos Palestine, October 2011

Accompanying letter to Mennonite congregations and members