Pat Ochodnicky, a CWS Ecumenical Accompanier, surveys demolition in the distance in the village of Khirbet Tana. Photo: EAPPI
ECUMENICAL ACCOMPANIMENT PROGRAM
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel brings volunteers from around the world to Palestine and Israel to serve as ecumenical accompaniers and witnesses for peace. It is a program of the World Council of Churches with volunteers participating from over 20 countries. Ecumenical accompaniers live in the West Bank for three months and provide support to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and connect with Palestinians and Israelis working together for a just peace. In the United States EAPPI is supported by churches in partnership with CWS and welcomes engagement from a wide range of churches, agencies and individuals.
This program is a unique expression of the faith community’s commitment to a just peace in the region. It provides churches and individuals the opportunity to give expression to that commitment through steadfast accompaniment of Palestinians and Israelis working for justice. When they return home, ecumenical accompaniers talk about their first-hand experiences, raising awareness and hope that a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is possible. Three volunteers from the U.S. served in the program this year.
CWS would like to acknowledge the engagement of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (in the US and Canada), The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ (in the United States), and The United Methodist Church.
This year will mark the
of the occupation. CWS and member
denominations remain committed
to working with Israelis and
Palestinians for a just and peaceful
resolution to the conflict.