A Christian presence in every community

The Living Stones

Many pilgrims are not aware that there are indigenous Christian communities in Israel/Palestine. For many people the Middle East is a land of Muslims and Israel the land of Jews. Yet this area is also the birthplace of Jesus and of Christianity and ever since Pentecost there have been Christians in the Middle East.

Known as the 'living stones', the Christians in the Holy Land are a small but significant part of the Palestinian Arab community. These communities represent the past, present and future of Christianity in the land.ME 7

Too often Christians from the western world travel in the Holy Land as tourists and sightseers. They may run where Jesus walked, explore the landscape of the Bible and see the ancient stones - but never meet any of the community of Christians, which has for centuries welcomed pilgrims and visitors.

Actively engaging with the indigenous Christian community rather than merely visiting the holy sites can ease their sense of isolation. By doing so, what might start out as an ordinary tour will become a true engagement with the 'living stones'. This gives immense encouragement to Palestinian Christians as they endeavour to survive in a challenging religious and political environment.

Click here to learn more about the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the work of the church throughout the region. The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem runs pilgrimages through St George's College which include meaningful engagement with the local Anglican community.

If you wnat to learn more about what it means to be a Palestinian Christian then you might want to read Revd Mitri Raheb's moving book I am a Palestian Christian.

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