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Welcome to Sumud: For Justice in Palestine and Israel


In October 2023, the ELCA announced that following an in-depth review by ELCA staff and leadership from the Palestinian Lutheran church, Peace Not Walls would be renamed and reconfigured as a new initiative, Sumud: For Justice in Palestine and Israel.

Sumud is an Arabic word meaning “steadfastness.” Palestinian theologians and others widely use the term to signify Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and people. That resistance takes the form of nonviolent advocacy for political change and “resistance through existence,” embodied in education, social work, the arts, and one’s relationships with the land and community.

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For more ELCA Resources for the Crisis in the Holy Land, click HERE.


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