‘Prayer Vigil: Ceasefire Now!’ will pray for peace in Israel and Palestine

The Church of the Brethren’s Office of Peacebuilding and Policy is among the sponsors of a time of prayer for peace in Israel and Palestine to be held in-person in the nation’s capital this coming Monday.

The event titled “Prayer Vigil: Ceasefire Now!” is planned for Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. (Eastern time) at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.

This ecumenical event is co-sponsored by the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and many other ecumenical partners.

An announcement from Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), of which the Church of the Brethren is a member denomination, noted that “the speakers and sponsoring organizations are in agreement calling for a bilateral ceasefire, immediate and adequate humanitarian assistance to Gaza, and the release of hostages.”

Please note that flame candles will be allowed, but only with protectors.

Speakers include Leslie Copeland-Tune of the NCC; William J. Barber, II, of Repairers of the Breach and Yale Center for Public Theology and Public Policy; Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Mae Elise Cannon of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP); Shane Claiborne of Red Letter Christians; Michelle Dunne of the Franciscan Action Network; Hassan El-Tayyab of the Friends Committee for National Legislation; Susan Gunn of the Maryknoll Office of Global Concern; Lisa Sharon Harper of Freedom Road; Bridget Moix, general secretary of the Friends Committee for National Legislation; Leila Ortiz, bishop of the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Adam Taylor of Sojourners; and Ekemini Uwan, public theologian.

In addition to the Church of the Brethren, CMEP, and the NCC, sponsoring organizations also include Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Christians for Social Action, Determinetruth, Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Evangelical4Justice, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Franciscan Action Network, Freedom Road, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Maryknoll Office of Global Concern, Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East, Presbyterian Church USA, Red Letter Christians, Sojourners, and the United Church of Christ.

Register at https://cmep.org/event/candlelight-prayer-vigil.


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