This Easter initiative by the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI) sets out to connect the Biblical narrative with current realities in Palestine and Israel to spotlight the injustices of life under occupation.
Taking stock of a series of geographical sites as described in the Bible as part of Jesus’ life, the initiative will provide opportunities for reflection on what life in those same geographical sites looks like today, both as holy sites treasured by local communities, and in view of the injustices caused by military occupation.
Through Biblical reflection, prayer, advocacy engagement and feature material highlighting present-day experiences in these sites, churches and partners around the world are invited to engage with the different narratives around Easter, also together with their local communities.
The objective is to raise awareness of the current situation in the places referred to in the Easter narrative among a wide constituency of Christians globally, and to promote stronger engagement in the search for a just peace among Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land.
In 2021, materials highlight four emblematic sites for the Easter narrative: The road from Jericho to Jerusalem; Bethany; the Mount of Olives; and the Holy Sepulchre.
Resources include a set of Bible studies – zeroing in on each station – proposals for concrete advocacy efforts to be made by individuals and communities around the globe, as well as feature material consisting of photos, text and video to offer witness to current realities onsite today.
First published on the World Council of Churches website on 30 March 2021.
Editor’s note: The Bible studies can be accessed on the World Council of Churches website.Jump to next article