It all started with an email from the General Council office in Toronto with the caption: “Urgent ~ EA Needed.” There was a last minute vacancy in EAPPI Group 50, and the United Church was looking for a volunteer. And so it is that I now find myself once again preparing to take up this work for justice and peace in a more tangible way. I arrived today to the sounds, sights and smells of Jerusalem ~ a city of both trouble and beauty. Orientation begins in the morning. It’s good to be here!
My assignment is for 3 months ~ November 2-January 31. During this time, I will live in the city of Yatta in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Our team consists of 4 EAs representing 4 countries ~ Canada, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland ~ working mainly with the threatened herding communities in the South Hebron Hills. We are part of Group 50 ~ 33 people from 14 different countries, living and working in 8 communities in occupied Palestine.
I am grateful for the faithful commitment of the United Church of Canada to the work of justice and peace through their support of EAPPI. I am humbled and honoured to accept this opportunity and all that it will bring. I invite you to travel with me. May the experiences I will share and the stories I will tell here enrich our understanding, open our hearts, solidify our commitment, and contribute in some small way to our joint work for human rights, dignity, justice and peace.