Mennonite Church Canada Palestine and Israel Network


 

 

 

The Mennonite Church Canada Palestine and Israel Network (PIN) is a volunteer association of working groups and individuals who seek to promote a just peace in the Holy Land. Our mandate is the resolution on Palestine and Israel that was passed at the Mennonite Church Canada 2016 Assembly, in response to the call of Palestinian Christians.

Photo credit: Joanna and Dan Hiebert Bergen.

In keeping with the six purls of the resolution, the network has sought to

  • 1) stimulate prayer, education, and advocacy action in our congregations
  • 2) form partnerships with Canadian Jews, Palestinians, and church-related bodies advocating for justice and dignity for all in Palestine and Israel
  • 3) promote support for international law and human rights in Israel and Palestine by engaging our government representatives and
  • 4) discourage economic practices and policies that help perpetuate the oppression of Palestinians under Israeli occupation.

 

News, Prayer, Action

Open letter to federal government

One of the mandates of the MC Canada PIN is to ask our government officials to speak out for equality and justice for Palestinians in Canadian foreign policy and diplomacy. Earlier this year, representatives of the national PIN crafted an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, asking them to align Canada's actions toward Israel with its own official policy on Israel and Palestine. The letter was in response to this year's surge in attacks on human rights activists and journalists in Israel and Palestine, the confiscation and demolition of Palestinian property, and the treatment of children in Israeli military detention. We offer the letter here as a resource -- for your information and prayer, but also as a template for your own letter-writing.

Prayer for olive harvest

Pray for Palestinian brothers and sisters experiencing random and unprovoked attacks from extremist Israeli settlers during the current olive harvest. 

MC Canada Witness and PIN networks co-host speaking tours by Bethlehem Bible College

MC Canada Witness, together with Palestine Israel Networks from four regional churches and eight theological schools and seminaries across Canada, is hosting four speaking tours by Bethlehem Bible College (BethBC) over the coming year.

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Each month we send out a newsletter that includes an action call, a few brief updates and links related to peace and justice in Palestine and Israel, and a call to prayer. Click the link below to view the current issue and subscribe by clicking the button on the top left of the newsletter. Please be in touch!

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Bethlehem Bible College

You are invited to support the ministry of Bethlehem Bible College. Bethlehem Bible College exists to train people to serve Christ in the world, advocate a Palestinian Christian perspective, and model Christ through community development. Mennonite Church Canada International Witness partners with BBC to walk with Palestinian Christians and to learn and grow together. Support for their ministry will enable their presence to serve the local and other Arabic speaking congregations in the region. Learn more at www.bethbc.edu

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Resources

CommonWord

In the wake of the 2016 resolution, CommonWord has assembled extensive resources (books, videos and curricula) related to Palestine and Israel. Downloadable resources generated specifically for resolution follow-up include:

“A Cry for Home” from Mennonite Central Committee

While not formally linked to Mennonite Church Canada PIN, this public-awareness campaign began in the year following Mennonite Church Canada’s resolution. Drawing on MCC’s seven decades of partnerships in Palestine and Israel, “Cry for Home” includes a raft of informative fact sheets, videos and calls to action. It has also developed a land exercise, a hands-on learning experience about the Palestinian experience. Mennonite Church Canada PIN working groups and individuals draw heavily—and gratefully—on Cry for Home resources.

Links to associated organizations

The following links will take you to the websites of these organizations. Click the profile button below for info on each one.

Profiles

Working Groups

Mennonite Church Alberta

A working group was formed out of local initiatives by both Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren church members in Edmonton. In cooperation with MCC and with Canadian Friends of Sabeel, they have promoted lecture tours, sponsored educational events on Palestine and Israel, and hosted gatherings of people who have been on learning tours to the region. Contact: Suzanne Gross at suzannegross@netscape.net.

Mennonite Church British Columbia

Within the Mennonite Church British Columbia (MCBC) structure, the MCBC Palestine-Israel Network task group seeks to promote a just peace in the region through providing opportunities to pray, learn and advocate. To date, we have shared information and promoted web-based resources and events. Looking ahead, we hope that "in-person" organized activity will again be a reality. For more information, visit the MCBC PIN website at https://mcbc.ca/what-we-do/PIN. Reach Jon Nofziger at charjon@telus.net with questions.

Mennonite Church British Columbia

Within the Mennonite Church British Columbia (MCBC) structure, the MCBC Palestine-Israel Network task group seeks to promote a just peace in the region through providing opportunities to pray, learn and advocate. To date, we have shared information and promoted web-based resources and events. Looking ahead, we hope that "in-person" organized activity will again be a reality. For more information, visit the MCBC PIN website at https://mcbc.ca/what-we-do/PIN. Reach Jon Nofziger at charjon@telus.net with questions.

Mennonite Church Manitoba

The MCM working group comprises a dozen Winnipeg members of MCM churches along with several Canadian Mennonite University students.  Since the group began in 2017, it has helped organize educational events, often in partnership with local advocacy groups and CMU; met and written to government officials to advocate for Canadian support for Palestinian human rights;  promoted Palestinian fair trade products; developed and implemented a speakers’ bureau to resource congregations on Palestinian issues. They have publish prayer requests and several downloadable resources available here. Chair: Jo Hiebert Bergen: jodanb@mts.net.

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan

MC Canada PIN is currently seeking a representative for MC Sask. If you are interested, contact MC Canada PIN chair, Byron Rempel-Burkholder at brempelburkholder@gmail.com.