Global Missions Presents! An Observer in Palestine

Join us at noon on Sunday, October 7, in the Fireside Room.  A light lunch will be available.

What can one person do to promote peace in the Middle East?  As an “Ecumenical Accompanier” and as an individual Volunteer in Mission, FUMC member Dee Poujade is about to find out!  Dee will spend three months in early 2013 with the Ecumenical Accompaniers Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).  At the same time, she will be serving as an individual Volunteer in Mission (VIM) through the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in a “pilot program” in which these two organizations will work together to increase United Methodist awareness of the issues in this troubled, yet sacred place.

EAPPI is an initiative of the World Council of Churches, and seeks to support local and international efforts to end the Israeli occupation and bring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a just peace, based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.  EAPPI-US is the US-based program supported by US national churches in partnership with Church World Service.  The United Methodist Church is a participating denomination in this effort.

Volunteer Accompaniers from more than 14 countries have taken part in EAPPI since the program was launched in 2002.  Accompaniers provide a protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses, and support Palestinians and Israelis who are working together for peace.  Dee will serve a three-month term on an international team, placed in one of seven West Bank cities and villages.

The Global Missions Committee will host Dee as she speaks about her hopes and plans for her extended stay in the Holy Land.  Joining Dee will be Mary Morris, a member of Trinity Cathedral (Portland), who has recently completed a three month stint as a Volunteer Accompanier based in Bethlehem.  Mary was working at the General Theological Seminary in lower Manhattan on 9/11/2001. On 9/12 she began coordinating what would become the ministry to police and firefighters who worked at Ground Zero, located at St. Paul’s Chapel, Trinity Church, opposite the east side of the World Trade Center.

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