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EAPPI

Ever thought about becoming an Ecumenical Accompanier in Palestine and Israel? Alternatively, are you interested in inviting a returning Ecumenical Accompanier to share his/her reflections with your local church? If so, please read on.EAPPI 1

 

What is EAPPI?
EAPPI brings international Christian volunteers to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. When EAs return home, they campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through an end to the occupation, respect for international law and implementation of UN resolutions.

 

Origins and History
The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, speaking to an ecumenical delegation to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) in June 2001, called for the churches of the world to stand in solidarity with the churches and people in Palestine and Israel. This call for solidarity was to lead to the creation of the EAPPI programme in 2002 by the World Council of Churches. Since then it has grown from strength to strength.EAPPI 3

 

Who runs EAPPI in the UK?
Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW), part of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain (Quakers), coordinates the EAPPI in the UK and Ireland, on behalf of an ecumenical group who fund, support and publicise the programme. This group includes: Baptist Union of Great Britain; CAFOD, Christian Aid, Church of Scotland, Church Mission Society; Churches Together in Britain and Ireland; Iona Community; Methodist Church; Pax Christi UK; Scottish Episcopal Church; United Reform Church and USPG.

 

What are EAPPI 's relations with the Church of England?
Since its establishment in 2002 the Church of England has offered its support to the EAPPI programme through its membership of ecumenical instruments such as the WCC, CTBI and Christian Aid. This complements the direct support provided by agencies like USPG and CMS. Several bishops have also provided direct support by meeting with EAs and by circulating vacancy notices in diocesan publications. Parishes and Church of England schools have also provided platforms for EAs to share their reflections. In 2012 the General Synod passed a motion "encouraging parishioners to volunteer for the programme and asking churches and synods to make use of the experience of returning participants."EAPPI 4

 

How can I volunteer?
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or learning more about the EAPPI programme then please contact the EAPPI Coordinating Office here in the UK.
Quaker Peace & Social Witness
Friends House
173-177 Euston Rd
London NW1 2BJ, UK
Fax: +44 207 663 1001

 

How can I book a EA Volunteer to speak at my church?
If you are interested in arranging for a returning EA to come and talk to your church or Synod then please contact the EAPPI Coordinating Office here in the UK.
Quaker Peace & Social Witness
Friends House
173-177 Euston Rd
London NW1 2BJ, UK
Fax: +44 207 663 1001

 

How can I learn more about EAPPI
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