This blog is dedicated to causes and concerns to which I turn the attention of my heart, mind and action. Since I was a child I have been active on many social and ecological justice issues. In my writing you will see this reflected. For the past three years, I have been working as a Program Director at an educational and retreat centre of the United Church focusing on justice issues. From September – December 2012,I was appointed by The United Church of Canada to serve as an “Ecumenical Accompanier” in the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). I am also deeply passionate about Indigenous rights, overcoming racism, gender justice, children & youth, ecumenism and supporting the LGBTQ community. I hope my eye witness accounts from my time with EAPPI can serve as a resource for those learning more about Israel/Palestine. Other writings serve as a way for me to think through how to live justly in an unjust world. Thanks for following !
About the EAPPI Program:
The World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is an initiative under the WCC’s Ecumenical Campaign to End the Illegal Occupation of Palestine: Support a Just Peace in the Middle East. Its mission is to accompany churches in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in their non-violent actions and concerted advocacy efforts to end the occupation and support a just peace in the Middle East. Participants of the programme monitor and report violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, support acts of non-violent resistance alongside local Christian and Muslim Palestinians and Israeli peace activists, offer protection through non-violent presence, engage in public policy advocacy and, in general, stand in solidarity with the churches and all those struggling against the occupation. The United Church of Canada has participated in this initiative of the World Council of Churches since it began in 2002. As of early 2012, the EAPPI has received over 1000 Ecumenical Accompaniers from 16 countries, who have served in small teams for three-month periods in seven locations in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.
More information on the EAPPI and regular updates from the Ecumenical Accompaniers are available at: http://www.eappi.org
More about me:
I consider the Okanagan Valley (territory of the Syilx and Secwepemc Nations) home. My educational background is in Women’s Studies and Political Science and I recently completed my Master’s degree through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto focusing on Indigenous rights.
I consider myself a dedicated ecumenist. I served the World Council of Churches for five years in Geneva, Switzerland and am influenced by traditions such as liberation theology and the Catholic Worker movement. Thanks to a Jewish professor and mentor of mine during my undergrad I got involved with the Women in Black. My time as an EA was my third time to Israel/Palestine. In the spring 2012 I facilitated a Pilgrimage of Solidarity to Israel/Palestine consisting of twelve adult participants. We cooperated with United Church partners in the region to learn about the situation and are committed to ongoing advocacy work in Canada. We are organizing another Pilgrimage in November 2013.
My views on accompaniment can be summed up by this quote from Lilla Watson (Gangulu, Aboriginal Australian):
“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
I am an aspiring hermit who has a heart for justice, enjoys making music, laughing, watching french film and spending time in nature.
The views contained herein are personal to me and do not necessarily reflect those of the United Church, EAPPI or the WCC. If you would like to publish the information contained here (including posting on a website), or distribute it further, please first contact me for permission. Thank you.