Tagged: Places Of Worship

United Church of Christ Votes to Divest from Companies With Ties to Israeli Settlements News Roundup
Haaretz/AP

United Church of Christ Votes to Divest from Companies With Ties to Israeli Settlements

The United Church of Christ has voted to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. The U.S.-based denomination endorsed the action on a vote of 508-124, with 38 abstentions, during a national meeting. "As disciples of Jesus, we hear and seek to heed his call to be peacemakers, responding to violence with nonviolence and extending love to all," said Rev. John Deckenback.

on June 30, 2015
United Church of Christ to Divest Over Israeli Policies in Occupied Palestinian Territories News Roundup
Fox News/AP

United Church of Christ to Divest Over Israeli Policies in Occupied Palestinian Territories

The top legislative body of the United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, in a sign of the growing momentum of a U.S. protest movement against Israeli policy. The denomination's General Synod endorsed the action on a vote of 508-124 with 38 abstentions during its meeting in Cleveland.

on June 30, 2015
Defense Minister Okays Work on West Bank Church Compound Bought for Settlers News Roundup
Chaim Levinson, Haaretz

Defense Minister Okays Work on West Bank Church Compound Bought for Settlers

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has approved continued renovation of a church compound in the southern West Bank that was purchased by representatives of U.S. billionaire Irving Moskowitz and earmarked for settlers. On May 22, Haaretz reported that Moskowitz’s representatives had purchased the compound, opposite the Al-Arroub refugee camp, from an American Presbyterian church that built it in the late 1940s.

on June 20, 2015
Arsonists Attack Church in Israel; Hate Crime Suspected News Roundup
Ruth Eglash & William Booth, The Washington Post

Arsonists Attack Church in Israel; Hate Crime Suspected

Vandals set fire Thursday to a church marking the site where worshipers believe Jesus performed his bread-and-fish miracle, in an attack that police are investigating as a possible hate crime. The blaze damaged the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes in northern Israel — venerated as the place where Scripture says Jesus turned five loaves of bread and two fish into a meal for 5,000 people.

on June 18, 2015
Will US Churches Help Bring Down Israel’s Prison Walls? News Roundup
Ryan Rodrick Beiler, The Electronic Intifada

Will US Churches Help Bring Down Israel’s Prison Walls?

Three churches will debate resolutions this month to divest from companies supporting the Israeli occupation. The Episcopal Church, United Church of Christ and Mennonite Church USA will each discuss Palestine during their conventions. The discussions are taking place amid strenuous efforts by the Zionist lobby to counter the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

on June 18, 2015
An Open Letter to the United Church of Christ Op-Eds & Analysis
Philip Farah, The Huffington Post

An Open Letter to the United Church of Christ

A year ago, I wrote an open letter on this site ahead of the Presbyterian Church-USA--PC (USA)-- General Assembly in support of a proposed resolution to divest from companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands, and to boycott products that are made in the illegal Israeli settlements. Today, I am appealing to the United Church of Christ (UCC) to adopt similar resolutions.

on June 17, 2015
Orthodox Christians mark ‘Holy Fire’ rite in Jerusalem News Roundup
Yahoo! News/AFP

Orthodox Christians mark ‘Holy Fire’ rite in Jerusalem

Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled Jerusalem's ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Saturday for the "Holy Fire" ceremony on the eve of Orthodox Easter. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said tens of thousands of Orthodox Christians flocked to the church and surrounding streets in the annexed east Jerusalem's Old City for the ceremony, held under a heavy police presence.

on April 11, 2015
Construction of Jerusalem hotel threatens Christian pilgrimage site News Roundup
Nir Hasson, Haaretz

Construction of Jerusalem hotel threatens Christian pilgrimage site

Twenty-five years ago, a spring in the Galilee village of Sajur suddenly went dry. It turned out that nearby construction had cracked the underground rock through which the water flowed, diverting it to another spring. Today, hydrologists, church leaders and Jerusalem residents are warning that a similar fate might befall a much more important spring: Mary’s Well, located in the heart of Jerusalem’s Ein Karem neighborhood.

on March 3, 2015
Israeli extremists set fire to Christian seminary in Jerusalem News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli extremists set fire to Christian seminary in Jerusalem

Suspected Israeli extremists set fire to a Greek Orthodox seminary in the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday and sprayed hate slogans on the walls, police said. Israeli spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that the fire was started at 4:00 a.m and caused damage to a bathroom and shower room before firefighters controlled the blaze.

on February 26, 2015
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