Peace Not Walls

As an ELCA campaign working for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel, Peace Not Walls has a variety of resources available as you engage in the Peace Not Walls network. Explore the tabs below and join the Peace Not Walls campaign to help build peace with justice through accompaniment, advocacy and awareness-building.

Have questions about or ideas for resources? Email the Peace Not Walls team. To order printed resources, see the ‘printed handouts’ tab below and contact Constituent Support staff by email (preferred) or by phone, 800-638-3522, ext. 2700.

Find a list of current ELCA missionaries’ blogs and information about how to support and get involved with our companion churches, missionaries, and ecumenical, interfaith and secular partners.

Companions and Partners

Description of Peace Not Walls' companions and partners.

Companions and Partners

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Missionaries in Jerusalem

Blog links and biographical information for ELCA missionaries, Young Adults in Global Mission, and Ecumenical Accompaniers serving in the Holy Land.

Missionaries in Jerusalem

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Interested in advocating for a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict? Some advocacy resources available here include the ELCA’s stance on boycott, divestment and sanctions; information on advocating for equality; and the Oct 5 Letter.

Advocating for Equality

We need to advocate for urgent changes in policies that infringe on human rights now (stop home demolitions) in addition to advocating for long-term outcomes that require negotiations (two-state solution).

Advocating for Equality

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Bishop Letter to President Obama

Bishop Letter to President Obama

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Boycott, Divestment and Sactions

The current ELCA stance about the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

Boycott, Divestment and Sactions

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Letter About Aid

The October 5, 2012, letter signed by then ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson and other major denominations to Members of Congress about evaluating U.S. aid to Israel.


Letter About Aid

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Letter About Peace Negotiations

The Feb 28, 2014 letter, signed by ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton and other religious leaders to Secretary of State Kerry about the role of the religious communities in securing support for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

Letter About Peace Negotiations

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Letter About Augusta Victoria Hospital

The Feb 4, 2014 letter, signed by ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton to Secretary of State Kerry about the Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital financial crisis.

Letter About Augusta Victoria Hospital

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Ecumenical letter on a secure and just peace

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), joins more than 40 other religious leaders in the U.S. and Jerusalem to support U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to find “a secure and just peace” between Israel and Palestine.

Ecumenical letter on a secure and just peace

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Palestinian Products

Information about places and organizations that sell Palestinian products to aid income generation for Palestinians.

Palestinian Products

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Here you’ll find a list of some of the best resources about the conflict, the Churchwide Strategy for Engagement in Israel and Palestine, subsequent actions and statements, handouts and information about major issues.

Development and Actions

ELCA engagement with Palestine and Israel before the 2005 Strategy for Engagement with Palestine and Israel and subsequent Churchwide Assembly actions regarding the strategy.

Development and Actions

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Issues: Christian Zionism

Learn more about what Christian Zionism is and its impact in the context of the Israel Palestine conflict.

Issues: Christian Zionism

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Issues: Gaza

Learn more about the situation in Gaza.

Issues: Gaza

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Issues: Jerusalem

Learn more about the status of Jerusalem, including background information and helpful sources of information.

Issues: Jerusalem

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Issues: Palestinian Christians

Learn more about the Christian presence in the Holy Land. Read about the challenges and hopes of Christian Palestinians.

Issues: Palestinian Christians

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Issues: Refugees

Learn more about one of the major issues in the Israel Palestine conflict: Palestinian refugees.

Issues: Refugees

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Issues: Separation Barrier

Learn more about the seperation wall and its impact on the conflict.

Issues: Separation Barrier

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Issues: Settlements

Learn more about illegal settlements and the demolition of Palestinian homes and their impact of the perpetuation of the conflict.

Issues: Settlements

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Strategy for Engagement

The Strategy for Engagement in Palestine and Israel passed by the ELCA 2005 Churchwide Assembly.

Strategy for Engagement

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Working for Justice


Working for Justice

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FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about the ELCA's Peace not Walls campaign to implement the 2005 ELCA Churchwide Strategy on Palestine and Israel.

Plan for a monthly prayer vigil or incorporate prayer about Israel and Palestine into a worship service using these resources, which include a bulletin insert and prayer litany.

Prayer Litany Bulletin Insert

Prayer litany from the ACT Palestine forum for the international Prayer Vigil for Peace in Palestine and Israel.

Prayer Litany Bulletin Insert

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General Prayer Service

A general prayer liturgy praying for peace in the Middle East provided by Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Ill.

General Prayer Service

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Prayer Vigil Insert

International Prayer Vigil for Peace in Palestine and Israel bulletin insert for congregational use.

Prayer Vigil Insert

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Hard copies of the resources below can be ordered. To order map cards, bookmarks, and/or fliers, contact Constituent Support staff by email (preferred) or by phone, 800-638-3522, ext. 2700.

Printed Resources

Read here about how to order physical copies of the map card, bookmarks, and/or fliers about Peace Not Walls.

Printed Resources

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Prepare for your visit to the Holy Land with a step-by-step guide to planning a trip, information about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and its congregations and ministries, and resources on local contacts and organizations.

Holy Land Planning

Basic information about planning your own trip to the Holy Land, including tour companies and questions to ask.

Holy Land Planning

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Pilgrim Guide

"A Pilgrim's Guide to Israel and Palestine" contains detailed contact information for Holy Land organizations and speakers, places to stay, and tour guides and agencies.

Pilgrim Guide

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Visiting ELCJHL

A how-to guide when using public transportation to visit Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) educational ministries.

Visiting ELCJHL

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