Middle East Working Group
A joint committee of the Bathurst and Trinity-St. Paul's congregations
The Middle East Working Group focuses on peace and justice in Israel/Palestine. The group informs the congregations about The United Church of Canada General Council initiatives such as the Unsettling Goods campaign and the Let’s Keep Talking and Advent Box programs. The working group also keeps the congregations up to date about recent events on the ground in Palestine.
A principal focus is a joint Holy Land service each January. The 2017 service featured a reflection by Zoë Godfrey-Davies. Zoe participated in the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Israel-Palestine. She spent three months in the Occupied Territories. In 2016, the speaker for the Holy Land service was Robert Massoud, the founder of Zatoun and Beit Zatoun.
The Middle East Working Group also organizes Global Gossips, after-church gatherings that highlight particular issues. An October 2016 meeting focused on “The Wall”. The discussion time was part of the International Week for Peace in Israel/Palestine.