Action seeks solution for Israelis and Palestinians

Delegates at Mennonite Church Canada Assembly affirm non-violent solutions to ongoing injustice in Israel-Palestine

The following letter of support from UNJPPI was sent to the Mennonite Church Canada with congratulations for a resolution that was passed at the recent Assembly “seeking non-violent solutions to injustices in Israel-Palestine.”

Follow this link to see the official press release of the decision. 

An article appeared at Mondoweiss, a Jewish activist group that supports BDS. The article is by  Rachel Friesen, who has done voluntary service in Bethlehem.                                                                                                                                                   

July 21, 2016

Dear Willard Metzger,
Executive Director of Mennonite Church Canada

The United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI), a cross-Canada network of people associated with the United Church, is thrilled to hear the good news that the Mennonite Church Canada passed a resolution in relationship to Israel/Palestine at your Assembly in Saskatoon by an overwhelming majority. We offer you our congratulations and support with respect to this issue.

We recognize the hard work you will now face in the implementation of the resolution. We also know you will receive both support and criticism – including hate-mail. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your action is a faith-filled response to the suffering of our Palestinian brothers and sisters.  It is a courageous theological stance in the face of public pressure and criticism from various sources. You have chosen to support a nonviolent means of working for a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.  This is the way Jesus would want us to confront injustice—with nonviolent resistance.

If we may be of any assistance to you in this work please be in contact with us.

United in Christ,

Rev. Marianna Harris                                                    Rev. Steve Berube
Co-Chair, UNJPPI                                                        Co-Chair, UNJPPI                                          

CC:   Dan Dyck
Director of communications at MC Canada

Byron Rempel-Burkholder
Principle writer and presenter of the resolution
at the MC Canada Assembly in Saskatoon


Opportunity to have your say in Canada’s International Priorities

This invitation comes to us from the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation, of which Saskatchewan Conference is a member.

The Inter-Council Network (ICN), of which SCIC is a member, has prepared a submission to Global Affairs Canada’s review of the agency’s international assistance policies and priorities.

The submission reflects input gathered from all member Councils across the country. Now, we’re looking for your opinion on the draft version of our report.


Background: On May 18, 2016, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, launched a public review and consultation of Canada’s international assistance policy and funding framework.

This International Assistance Review (IAR) will inform how Canada can best refocus its international assistance on the poorest and most vulnerable people and support fragile states. It will also shape Canada’s approach to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As part of the IAR, the Minister is placing a special emphasis on the rights of women and girls, and plans to apply a feminist approach to Canada’s international assistance activities going forward.

Following your review of the draft report (accessible here), please answer the survey questions. The survey has 14 questions and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Your responses are confidential and results will not be attributed to any specific organization or individual. The survey will be open until Tuesday, July 19th at 5:00 pm PST / 8:00 pm EST.

Thank you for your input! In the coming weeks, the draft submission will be revised to reflect inputs from the survey, and submitted by the end of July 2016.

World Social Forum including the World Forum on Theology and Liberation

Have you heard of the World Social Forum (WSF)?
Or the World Forum on Theology and Liberation (WFTL)?

If you are interested in attending or following on-line the activities at the World Social Forum in Montreal in August, the following links provide details of the CFOS sponsored activities.

  1. Our Land, Our Hope: Experiences of Dispossession in Palestine and Canada [Panel]
  2. Divesting your Church/Denomination 101 [Workshop]
  3. Palestinian Liberation Theology and the Kairos Document [Lecture]
  4. BDS: G4S and Municipal Campaigns [Workshop]

For information about the forum, see:

CFOS Website:

For more information, see also:

World Social Forum website: (activities, registration, lodging)

World Forum on Theology of Liberation: