Video: Praying for a holy land

By Matthew Davies
Posted Dec 25, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East runs more than 30 education and healthcare institutions throughout Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories, bringing vital services and a much-needed lifeline to the local community.

The diocese and many of its institutions operate against a backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has lasted for more than 60 years. The Christian minority is increasingly emigrating in search of a better life and better opportunities overseas.

The living stones of the holy land and the ministry of the Christian institutions encourage people from all over the world to invest in the region, but more support and advocacy is needed to ensure the Christian presence remains.

The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem has been instrumental in ministering to the needs of the community and working with its ecumenical partners towards achieving peace in the holy land.


Comments (3)

  1. Rev, Vicki Gray says:

    Beautiful. Truth and hope is always beautiful.

    Yes, pray, but be that supporter and advocate.

    Merry Christmas

  2. John McCann says:

    I am an active lay member of the Trinity Wall Street & St. Paul’s Chapel in New York, which stand as places of pilgrimage for those in search of world peace. These two venerable churches, St. Paul’s being the oldest in New York, are literally a block from the site of the World Trade Center, and their survival, and mission of ministering to the first responders brought the response of the first responders. They have also become places of ecumenical sharing- St Paul’s is sharing its space with a young synagogue, Tamid. I am in the midst of studying the 3 Abrahamic religions, and taking the EFM theological course which lasts for four years. In a couple of years I would like to begin conversations about how I can bring my discerned vocation of social action, and religious dialogue to the Diocese of Jerusalem, your work is a beacon of hope in these times of trouble. Christmas blessings to you!

  3. Anne Lynn says:

    The important work of the Diocese of Jerusalem is a gift to those they serve of all faith traditions. Education and compassionate healthcare are offered throughout Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The Holy Land is the root of our faith tree. We must support those who labor as stewards of this land and this tradition. Learn more about the Diocese at or their humanitarian work at Consider a visit which will transform your life in ways you don’t expect. And John McCann, let’s talk.

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