Ecumenical Accompaniment Program

Ecumenical Accompaniment Program

Israel, Palestine

A Palestinian man wages peace and stands by his olive tree in the Jordan valley. Photo: Natasha D’Souza.

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel brings people from around the world to Palestine and Israel to serve as ecumenical accompaniers and witnesses for peace. It is a program of the World Council of Churches with people participating from over 20 countries. Ecumenical accompaniers live in the West Bank for three months and provide support to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and connect with Palestinians and Israelis working together for a just peace. In the United States, EAPPI is supported by churches in partnership with CWS and welcomes engagement from a wide range of churches, agencies and individuals.

This program is a unique expression of the faith community’s commitment to a just peace in the region. It provides churches and individuals the opportunity to give expression to that commitment through steadfast accompaniment of Palestinians and Israelis working for justice. Nine dedicated individuals gave three months of their time this past year serving in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron and other communities in the West Bank. They have returned home and are engaging their churches, communities and elected officials in the cause of justice and peace in the Holy Land.

CWS would like to acknowledge the engagement of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (in the US and Canada), The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ (in the United States) and The United Methodist Church.

The program had nine participants from the United States this year,
more than the
previous three
years combined.