Fighting between Israel and Palestine continues, despite efforts to continue a dialogue to move peace efforts forward. The BPFNA Board of Directors has adopted a Statement of Concern regarding the ongoing crisis.
Statement in Regard to the Crisis in Gaza
The Board of Directors of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America is concerned about the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip. We condemn actions which injure and kill innocent civilians, regardless of the perpetrator of such acts. We also condemn the disproportionate use of force in this conflict.
We call on all parties to work to achieve a ceasefire at the earliest possible moment and to resume negotiations for a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict.
We call on our own members and congregations to pray, educate and take action to support a just and peaceful solution to this conflict.
BPFNA Board of Directors
A Prayer for the Bombed Out, Burned Out, Driven Out
Lord God, we pray for all the bombed out, burned out, driven out, relocated, wondering , wandering, unwilling pilgrims in this world. Forgive us for our part in uprooting them. Restore their lives, make us partners with in the rebuilding of their lives. We pray in the name of the Son of Man, who had no place to lay His head.
—by Arnold Kenseth and Richard Unsworth in Prayers for Worship Leaders
A bookmark with this prayer is available from BPFNA.
Additional resources can be found at the following websites:
The mission of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace is to educate and mobilize American Jews in support of a negotiated two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF) is a grassroots organization of bereaved Palestinians and Israelis, people who have lost family members in the ongoing conflict. The PCFF promotes reconciliation as an alternative to hatred and revenge.
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is a non-profit organization made-up of Canadians of all backgrounds who believe in justice, peace and security for all people in the Middle East. We seek to positively influence both our government's foreign policy in the Middle East, and our media's portrayal of current events and people in the region. We value, and want to maintain Canada's reputation as a peacekeeper, and as a nation that respects the rule of law. Our current focus is on the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation: "We aim to change those US policies that both sustain Israel's 40-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, and deny equal rights for all."