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March 7, 2024: Emmaus has a special guest this Sunday: Palestinian Adam Manasra from the farming village of Wadi Foquin in the West Bank

Updated: Mar 22

March 7, 2024: Emmaus has a special guest thois Sunday: Palestinian Adam Manasra from the farming village of Wadi Foquin in the West Bank

Please join us at Emmaus as JoAnn and Jim welcome Adam Manasra to our faith community. In designing the liturgy for Sunday JoAnn and Jim would like Adam to present as our liturgy of the Word. Please note that Adam visits us in the midst of terror in his homeland and on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan. Adam is a very gentle civil engineer who looks forward to celebrating with us.

Some recent quotes from Christians around the world:

“The extraordinary damage inflicted today on the people of Gaza and the Occupied Territories is a crime against humanity. The administration and Congress must demilitarize this conflict rather than supply additional military aid or arms to Israel, which will only increase the violence and result in greater suffering. As a member of the international Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi USA strives to bring Christ’s message of all-embracing love to everyone. We urge our fellow Catholic, Joe Biden, to choose the path of nonviolence, take clear steps to end this bloodshed, and promote a just peace.” Johnny Zokovitch, Executive Director, Pax Christi USA


“In the midst of such devastating times in the Middle East, our main goal is the prevention of further deaths and destruction, especially as the death toll in Gaza steadily increases. The prevention of genocide must be a key priority as we call for a comprehensive ceasefire, immediate aid and assistance to Gaza, the release of hostages and political prisoners, and that core issues of the decades long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians be addressed.” Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)


There is no military solution to this devastating crisis, only a political one that achieves justice, safety, and self-determination for Palestinians and Israelis alike. The more than one million Palestinians currently sheltering in Rafah are running out of time. It's long past time for our government use its full diplomatic and financial power to achieve an immediate and sustained bilateral ceasefire, the release of all Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners held without due process, and a sustained surge in humanitarian aid sufficient to meet the needs of the civilians in Gaza, while insisting on immediate and persistent efforts to implement political solutions that are the only hope for a just and lasting peace.” Adam Taylor, President, Sojourners


During the time of Lent, “we are called as Christians to grapple more fully with the ashes and annihilation happening in Gaza. Nearly 30,000 people have been killed, 65,000 injured – and thousands more are unaccounted for. Thousands of buildings have been turned to rubble – to ash. The scale and brutality of the death and destruction is simply overwhelming. God who weeps, who bleeds, who cries with and for us, especially for the innocent lives lost, hears our cries for a ceasefire, for peace, for justice, for restoration. Be with all those who are suffering in Gaza, in Israel, and across the region.” Rev. Michael Neuroth, Director, Washington DC Office of Public Policy & Advocacy, United Church of Christ


“We mark ourselves with ashes outside of the White House to publicly recognize ourselves as sinners in need of changing our ways. Like most Americans, we desperately want President Biden to change course in his response to the Israel-Hamas war. Too many people have died in Gaza under bombs supplied by the United States, the majority of hostages are still held, and the conflict is only spreading in the region. We need President Biden to call for a ceasefire now and use all diplomatic tools available to make it happen.” Susan Gunn, Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

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