WCC general secretary visits Palestine/Israel, June 2007

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia and an ecumenical delegation visited member churches and Christian communities in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel from 21-26 June. Taking place immediately after the launch of the WCC-sponsored Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum in Amman, Jordan, the visit aimed to express worldwide church solidarity with the churches in the Holy Land. It also intended to convey concern for the future of both peoples affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Stories about the visit are available here and here.

First-hand exposure to the hardships imposed on Palestinians by the Israeli occupation of their territories was one of the goals of the 21-26 June visit to Palestine/Israel by the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Samuel Kobia and a small ecumenical delegation. Enter the gallery

 

 

The small portion of the planet's surface known to Christians as the Holy Land has a great many places where the heavens seem to be especially connected to the earth. The June 2007 visit to Palestine/Israel by the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Samuel Kobia and a small ecumenical delegation started at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Enter the gallery

 

 

The June 2007 visit to Palestine/Israel by the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Samuel Kobia and an ecumenical delegation included meetings with the heads of churches in Jerusalem and other religious leaders. Enter the gallery

 

 

The dimensions of a conflict - like the one in Palestine and Israel - may seem abstract from a distance, for those who connect with it only through news reports. But the reality of conflict is incarnated in the lives, faces and voices of the people who are directly involved in one way or another. So, too, are prospects for achieving peace. Enter the gallery