eSpirit November 12

Walking alongside

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) has existed since 2002 and contributes to curbing violence and promoting respect for international law. The people who accompany are there every day, each month of the year – and have become a natural element in the chaos of life in Israel and Palestine. Their presence is appreciated. They provide safety and stability. Their sole weapon is a pen, or a camera. They see and listen; they analyze and report back.

George Bartlett is a recently returned Ecumenical Accompanier (‘EA’).  Along with 30 others from around the world he spent 3 months earlier this year in Palestine through a World Council of Churches program. There they accompanied Palestinians and Israelis working in nonviolent ways for peace, offered a protective presence to vulnerable communities and monitored human rights violations.

Having completed his assignment of protective presence in Palestine, George is eager to continue his work of protective advocacy in Canada by sharing what he observed in Palestine.  George is a parent and a grandparent. Though now a retired lawyer, he is an active member of Bloor Street United Church and continues his work on justice issues through that congregation, the Justice and Global Issues Team of Toronto Southeast Presbytery and Amnesty International.

I hope that you will come out on Sunday and listen to what George has to say; who knows where it might take us.

Blessings, Karen