A painting on a house in the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, West Bank.
During worship this Sunday, there will be a prayer focused on peace in Palestine and Israel—the Holy Land. It coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War of 1967, one of the shortest wars in history, but one that resulted in decades of stalled peace negotiations, injustice and eruptions of violence. The quest for peace between Palestinians and Israelis is elusive and complex. But what does this have to do with HMSC’s Vision 2020? What does it have to do with Winnipeg? Palestine and Israel may be closer to home than you realize. Did you know…?
in May, CPAM members in Winnipeg gather socially, and to remember the loss of their land and
the continued plight of the 4.5 million Palestinians who remain in the West Bank, East Jerusalem,
- Byron Rempel Burkholder
Our spiritual disciplines throughout Lent have guided us through fasting, holy doodling, honouring our water source, a technology free day, deep breathing, and planting seeds in hope. Now in the Easter season, we invite you into the practice of gratitude. In her poem, Three Gratitudes, Carrie Newcomer offers us a wonderful way of naming our thanksgiving and holding "what lightens and softens my life" before God. May we be "awash with wonder at the sweetness of it all."
Judith Friesen Epp
Between April 23 and May 14, over 50 people are participating in the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights, a 600 km walk from Kitchener-Waterloo, ON to Ottawa.
The pilgrimage is sponsored by Mennonite Church Canada and the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Project of Christian Peacemaker Teams, and is guided by a Discernment Circle of Indigenous and settler leaders.
Its purpose is to
Among the Winnipeg walkers are Steve Heinrichs (Hope), Erin Froese (Hope), Kathleen Witt (Hope) and Henry Neufeld (Fort Garry).
You are invited to support the Pilgrimage by
Learn more about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Submitted by Esther Epp-Tiessen on behalf of the Indigenous Settler Working Group at Home Street