Peace and reconciliation are at the heart of the Gospel. In the global Anglican Communion, our church insists that one mark of mission commits us “to seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind, and to pursue peace and reconciliation.
Conflict between Israel and Hamas
Since October 7, 2023, Canadian Anglicans have watched with horror the deadly toll that the reignited hostilities between Israel and Hamas have exacted on the people of Israel and Gaza.
Primate Linda Nicholls has joined with Bishop Susan Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, our full communion partner, in calling on Canada’s leaders to advocate for an immediate ceasefire, the release of hostages and an end to Israel’s occupation of all Palestinian Territories. See their statements below:
- Church leaders urge Canadian government to support ICJ ruling February 2, 2024
- Church leaders thank Prime Minister Trudeau for Canada’s support of humanitarian ceasefire December 14, 2023
- Church leaders urge Prime Minister Trudeau to call for a ceasefire and open corridor for humanitarian aid November 17, 2023
- Church leaders call on Canadian government to advocate for the respect of international law in Gaza October 18, 2023
- Statement on the War in the Holy Land October 10, 2023
Resources for support & prayer
Lenten resources from Jerusalem
St. George’s College in Jerusalem has created a video for Lent exploring the theme of spiritual wilderness and how the desert features in the Christian monastic tradition.
The Most Rev. Hosam Naoum, the Bishop of Jerusalem, is commending the course Roads of Hurt and Hope. The Rev. Canon Dr. Andrew Mayes leads participants along five biblical roads, then and now. This course is suitable for individuals and for groups, in Lent or anytime. Proceeds go to the Diocese of Jerusalem for its reconstruction work in Gaza.
“This course connects us powerfully, not only to biblical stories, but also to voices of those who live on these dangerous but faith-filled roads today. It beckons us to new solidarity with people in this Land of the Holy One facing trials with courage and trust. I commend it to you!” Archbishop Hosam Naoum
Looking for resources to help you pray for Israel/Palestine? You can download Prayers for Israel/Palestine from ACC, ELCIC and our partners in the Holy Land. The Church of England offers Prayers for Peace and Hope. For additional ideas for prayer, please see How to pray for Gaza and Israel from TearFund UK.
Engage in prayerful solidarity with people around the world this Lent, walking the length of the Gaza Strip as part of the Gaza Ceasefire Pilgrimage.
The Canadian Companions of Jerusalem offers a compilation of prayers, sentences and other worship resources for Jerusalem and Holy Land Sunday, Years A, B, C. This is a general resource for prayer for the ministries and people of the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Evangelical Lutheran church in Jordan and the Holy Land, including prayers for peace.
The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem offers prayers for the restoration of peace in the Holy Land.
Archbishop Hosam Naoum of the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Archbishop of Canterbury issued an appeal for the ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem affected by the Israel-Hamas conflict. Anglicans who wish to support the ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem can donate through the Canadian Companions.
Sign a call to stop arms transfers
The Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have signed a call by 16 global humanitarian and human rights organizations demanding all UN member states halt arms transfers to Israel and Palestinian armed groups fueling the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip. Anglican organizations, including dioceses, parishes and other groups, may contribute signatures to this global appeal and help spread the word using the hashtags #StopSendingArms and #CeasefireNOW.
Resources to counter Islamophobia and anti-Semitism
Interested in initiating or continuing Christian-Muslim dialogue in your community? Explore the resources on A Common Word, a joint project of ACC and ELCIC. From Darkness to Dawn is an ACC resource on rethinking Christian attitudes towards Jews and Judaism in light of the Holocaust.