The World Communion of Reformed Churchs’ “COVID & Beyond” discernment process continued with a sharing session featuring church leaders from the Middle East.
The first half of the session came from the Palestinian people, with whom the WCRC has committed to accompany in their struggle for justice and in their resilience in hope. Focused around Kairos Palestine’s “Cry for Hope: A Call to Decisive Action” topics included the latest forced eviction of Palestinian families, the plight of the people of Gaza, and the aspirations of young people. It theologically engaged with the Palestinian situation in the context of colonialism, occupation, and empire.
Churches from the Middle East brought a presentation under the title, “Faith in the Midst of Calamities.” This region is known as an area marked with instability, uncertainty, and continuous challenges. The Reformed churches in Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, are an inseparable part of their societies, and thus, they are experiencing different kinds of calamities. However, in the midst of those calamities, these churches are experiencing God’s presence with them and are hearing God’s call to be agents of faith and hope for their societies.