General Synod 30 adopted a resolution entitled, “A Call for the United Church of Christ to Take Actions toward a Just Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” One of the actions steps in this resolution calls upon the UCC to study the Kairos Palestine document.
In December 2009, Palestinian Christians sent out a plea to the churches of the world and to people of good will everywhere. It was a cry from the heart, issued from the City of Bethlehem in what is known as the Kairos Palestine document, “A Moment of Truth: A word of faith and hope from the heart of Palestinian suffering.” This document comes after a long period of discernment about what to say, given the ongoing realities of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
What is Kairos? The Greek word Kairos refers to a moment in time, the right or opportune moment (the “supreme moment”) when we are invited to confess our faith by joining in God’s redemptive activity. It affirms that the moment to speak truth is now!
Given the polarizing nature of the many concerns involving Israel and Palestine, it is sometimes difficult to have thoughtful and respectful discussions on the issues of annexation, military occupation, settlements, and the overall peace process.
Using various published resources, a three-week Bible Study was created to: assist Maine Conference churches in having your own meaningful discussion of Kairos Palestine; better understand the voices of Palestinian Christians; examine the geo-political situation of the region; and prayerfully consider the issues involved.
FMI: Rev. Darren L. Morgan, Associate Conference Minister