Office of the Primate
The Primate is committed to deeper relationship with the Diocese of Jerusalem through visits with Archbishop Suheil Dawani and other diocesan and ecumenical leaders. The Primate encourages church national participation in the Companions of Jerusalem and the annual celebration of Jerusalem Sunday.
Global Relations Department
The Global Relations Department oversees the administration of church national partnership with the Diocese of Jerusalem through collaboration with the Companions of Jerusalem, Diocese of Ottawa, PWRDF, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. This program works closely with the Canadian Companions as described in General Synod resolutions and Companions’ Terms of Reference. For more information about General Synod resolutions about the Diocese of Jerusalem, Palestine and Israel, see Resolution A171 and Resolution A172.
An exciting development for Global Relations in partnership with the Diocese of Jerusalem is the appointment of The Rev. Dr. Richard LeSueur as Middle East Liaison (Volunteer) with the Global Relations Department. Dr. LeSueur meets with parishes, dioceses and church groups seeking to learn more about Christian community in the Middle East, the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Canadian Companions of Jerusalem. Richard is an experienced adult educator and leader of pilgrim groups to the Holy Land, with much to offer the church’s learning about historic and contemporary issues in the region. For more information please contact: [email protected].
Global Relations is a member of the Canadian Forum for Kairos Palestine. The Forum is comprised of churches and civil society groups working together with regional and global partners for peace with justice between Palestine and Israel. The Forum affirms the Kairos Palestine movement with varying capacities and from different approaches to engagement.
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund supports the Middle East Council of Churches’ Refugee, Migrants and Internally Displaced Peoples programs in the Palestinian Territories (Gaza and West Bank) and Egypt. With their partner Refuge Egypt, PWRDF supports nutrition, skills training and health care for Sudanese refugees in Cairo. Refuge Egypt is the refugee program of the Anglican Cathedral in Cairo.
PWRDF also supports water and skills training for Palestinian refugees in Gaza and West Bank. The Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees of the Middle East Council of Churches provides these programs locally. This work is also supported by other Canadian churches through KAIROS’ Global Partnership Program and receives CIDA funding. PWRDF provides further support to the annual meeting of the Refugee, Migrants and Internally Displaced working group of the Middle East Council of Churches.
The working group meets annually to share information on situation of refugees, migrants and internally displaced populations in the Middle East and to formulate policy and advocacy to support ministry with uprooted people in and from the region.