Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories

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The World Council of Churches founded the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel in response to a call from the local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem. EAPPI-US is the program through which Ecumenical Accompaniers from the United States participate. EAPPI-US is supported by U.S. national churches in partnership with Church World Service and welcomes engagement from a wide range of churches, agencies and individuals.

After extensive preparation and learning, EAPPI participants live in the West Bank for a three- month term. Alongside a team of people from other countries, Ecumenical Accompaniers live in communities to provide a protective presence in those communities. They engage with local churches, support Palestinians and Israelis working for a just peace, and document and write about what they experience and what they see.

When EAs return home, their focus shifts to advocacy. They share their first-hand experiences to inform people of the realities of the occupation and campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict based on international law and UN resolutions.

Are you interested in serving as an Ecumenical Accompanier? Please direct requests for application forms, and any questions, to, or fill out the contact form, here.

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