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.
Missionaries in Jerusalem
Blog links and biographical information for ELCA missionaries, Young Adults in Global Mission, and Ecumenical Accompaniers serving in the Holy Land.
Peace Not Walls Seminary Challenge
PNW Challenge flier
Peace Not Walls Seminary Challenge Download
FAQ about Peace Not Walls Seminary Challenge
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.
Letter to Congress responding to "Peace to Prosperity" plan - Feb 25, 2020
Letter to Congress responding to "Peace to Prosperity" plan - Feb 25, 2020Download
Letter Regarding Funding for West Bank and Gaza - April 3, 2020
Letter Regarding Funding for West Bank and Gaza - April 3, 2020Download
Letter to Administration on COVID-19 and the Middle East
Letter to Administration on COVID-19 and the Middle EastDownload
March 2020 Letter on UNRWA funding and bilateral aid to WB and Gaza
March 2020 Letter on UNRWA funding and bilateral aid to WB and GazaDownload
Letter about U.S. arms sales and military aid to the Middle East
March 2018 letter signed by ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton about U.S. arms sales and military aid to the Middle East
Letter about U.S. arms sales and military aid to the Middle EastDownload
ELCA Letter on AVH Oct 2019
AVH on Financial crisis
Background on AVH financial crisis from LWF Sept 2018
AVH US assistance update
Augusta Victoria Hospital Briefing Paper Sept 2018
Augusta Victoria Hospital Sponsorship 2019
Augusta Victoria Hospital Sponsorship 2019Download
Questions and Answers on AVH
Q and A - Augusta Victoria Hospital November 2019
A Statement of US Churches and Christian Agencies on Gaza April 12, 2018
Right of Refugees, Right to Demonstrate Peacefully, Right to Dignity
A Statement of US Churches and Christian Agencies on Gaza April 12, 2018Download
ELCA joint letter about UNRWA Funding
ELCA joint letter about UNRWA FundingDownload
Letter to Congress on Israel Anti-Boycott Act
Letter to Congress on Israel Anti-Boycott ActDownload
Toward Peace, Justice, and Equality in Israel and Palestine February 15, 2017
Toward Peace, Justice, and Equality in Israel and Palestine February 15, 2017Download
Bishop Letter to Obama about UN membership for Palestine
Bishop Letter to Obama about UN membership for PalestineDownload
The Atlanta Summit of Churches in the USA and the Holy LandPursuing Peace and Strengthening Presence
document, signed by ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton.
The Atlanta Summit of Churches in the USA and the Holy LandDownload
Bishop letter about Israeli settlements
The October 22, 2014 letter, signed by ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton to President Obama about Israeli settlements.
Bishop letter about Israeli settlementsDownload
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).
Letter about Gaza
The December 15, 2014 letter, signed by the ELCA to Secretary of State Kerry about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Letter about Iran
The January 14, 2014 letter, signed by the ELCA to Members of the U.S. Senate about Iran sanctions and negotiations.
Letter about Syria and Iraq
The March 16, 2015 letter, signed by ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton to President Obama about the situation in Syria and Iraq.
Bishop Letter to President Obama
Bishop Letter to President Obama Download
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 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 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 HospitalDownload
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 peaceDownload
Information about places and organizations that sell Palestinian products to aid income generation for Palestinians.
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.
Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions
ELCA Policy with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Boycotts, Divestment and SanctionsDownload
FAQs about 2016 actions
Frequently asked questions related to the 2016 Churchwide Assembly actions on Israel and Palestine.
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.
Issues: Christian Zionism
Learn more about what Christian Zionism is and its impact in the context of the Israel Palestine conflict.
Learn more about the situation in Gaza.
Learn more about the status of Jerusalem, including background information and helpful sources of information.
Issues: Palestinian Christians
Learn more about the Christian presence in the Holy Land. Read about the challenges and hopes of Christian Palestinians.
Learn more about one of the major issues in the Israel Palestine conflict: Palestinian refugees.
Issues: Separation Barrier
Learn more about the seperation wall and its impact on the conflict.
Learn more about illegal settlements and the demolition of Palestinian homes and their impact of the perpetuation of the conflict.
Strategy for Engagement
The Strategy for Engagement in Palestine and Israel passed by the ELCA 2005 Churchwide Assembly.
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.
General Prayer Service
A general prayer liturgy praying for peace in the Middle East provided by Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Ill.
Prayer Vigil Insert
International Prayer Vigil for Peace in Palestine and Israel bulletin insert for congregational use.
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.
Read here about how to order physical copies of the map card, bookmarks, and/or fliers about Peace Not Walls.
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.
Peace Not Walls Holy Land Trip Planning Resources
Peace Not Walls Holy Land Trip Planning ResourcesDownload
"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.
A how-to guide when using public transportation to visit Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) educational ministries.