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A woman approaches the Dome of the Rock at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The dome's 16th century tile work was renovated in the early 1900s by three Armenian families. The artisan tradition of religious respect lives on in Jerusalem to this day (Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC, November 2022)

Tile artisan honours family tradition of religious respect in Jerusalem

In 1919, three Armenian families – the Balian, Karakeshian, and Ohanessian families – were brought to Jerusalem by Sir Ronald Henry Amherst Storrs, then military governor of Jerusalem, to renovate the 16th century tiles at the Dome of the Rock in Al-Aqsa Mosque


East Jerusalem Initiative: accompanying families facing eviction and displacement

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is beginning an East Jerusalem Initiative, through which the WCC-EAPPI is accompanying—even without a physical presence—families facing eviction and displacement, as well as people facing other violations of their rights. The WCC director of the Commission for the Churches on International Affairs Peter Prove explains the goals and history behind the East Jerusalem Initiative


Archbishop Phillip Aspinall calls us to pray for peace in Palestine and Israel

“Last week I received communications from the National Council of Churches in Australia circulating several statements from the World Council of Churches and the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The statements call for prayers for peace in Palestine, Israel and the Holy City of Jerusalem, and I thus encourage our Diocesan community to join in these prayers,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall


Canon Garland: ‘the architect’ of Anzac Day

The Rev’d Canon David Garland has long been regarded as ‘the architect’ of Anzac Day, and is a revered figure in the history of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane. In this video, the Anglican Church Southern Queensland honours Canon Garland and explains why he is identified with the national day of remembrance that is Anzac Day. Lest we forget.