Launching Founding Membership The international community of the holy sepulchre's June 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Throughout the New Testament, we read of the earliest Christian communities sacrificially giving and supporting Christians elsewhere. Notably, in 1 Corinthians 16, 2 Corinthians 8, Romans 15, and Acts 24, Paul mentions his collection on behalf of Christians in Jerusalem.

The International Community of the Holy Sepulchre (ICoHS) is uniquely placed to continue this sacred and long-standing tradition. By working with the Council of Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, we are building an international community of generosity and support that will directly benefit the ministries and livelihoods of our sisters and brothers in the Holy Land. Our current campaign, Hope for the Holy Land, is alleviating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of the Christian families of the region.

Our modern world allows us to do more than give financially. Soon we will be able to visit the Holy Land again with relative ease, and we continue to relay updates on issues relating to Christians in the Holy Land in real time. To build and formalise a relationship of support between you, ICoHS, and Christians in the Holy Land, ICoHS is launching Founding Membership for individuals and Founding Partnership for institutions.

We invite you to consider becoming a Founding Member or Partner. Not only will this enable us to continue our work on behalf of the churches, but it will deepen your relationship with Holy Land Christianity through regular updates and special invitations to upcoming events. To learn more, please visit our website here.

The United States Department of State released their 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom. Christians in the Holy Land make a number of appearances in the report, which cited the harassment of clergy, “price tag” offences (damage of property and agricultural lands), and the emigration of Christians out of the Holy Land. The report gave a lengthy explanation of the situation at Jaffa Gate, where radical groups seek to take over properties at the entrance of the Christian Quarter. This case has been in the news recently, and the churches continue to support the Christian-run businesses based in these properties.

All of these are issues that ICoHS has continually raised with our friends in London and Washington, including those at the State Department. With your support and generosity, we will continue to raise these issues and ensure that the Christianity community in the Holy Land can thrive.

The International Community of the Holy Sepulchre helps the Churches in the Holy Land raise international awareness of the challenges that Christians face in the region while promoting the flourishing of all people in the Middle East. To learn more, visit us at www.icohs.org.