Photo of WCC Ecumenical Accompanier walking Palestinian children to school
Bethlehem, Occupied Palestinian Territories: Ecumenical Accompanier from the World Council of Churches doing a school run to offer a peaceful and protective presence for Palestinian children as they go to school at Al Minya.
Credit: Albin Hillert/WCC

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel is a time for people of faith around the world to join together in worship, prayer, education, advocacy, and action in support of an end to the occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, reminds us that “the situation in Palestine and Israel is unchanged and people continue to suffer. It affects the future of everyone in the region, denies the equal human dignity of all people…. Though we are all created equally in God’s image, the military occupation and its discriminatory practices are obstacles to the fullness of life for all in God’s creation.”

Humanity and Equality in God’s Creation

The theme for 2019, to be observed September 15–22, is Humanity and Equality in God’s Creation

As people of faith we are called to stand up against racism, xenophobia, stigmatization, and exclusionary rhetoric. We will continue to work toward human dignity of all people, regardless of ethnic, religious, or political differences, and the struggle for the realization of equal human rights of all.

Reaching sustainable peace in Israel and Palestine must be based on the recognition of the inalienable human rights of all people in the region. 

Liturgical, action, and animation resources can be found on the World Council of Churches’ site and in our worship section.

More Resources and Ideas for Action

These additional resources may offer inspiration for animation in your local contexts: