Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories

Photo: Albin Hillert

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 eapp-us@cwsglobal.org, or fill out the contact form, here.

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