D041 Protecting Jerusalem

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, in solidarity with the heads of the Christian communities in Jerusalem, condemn the unilateral action of the President of the United States to move the Embassy of the United States from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, deeming it a grave violation of International Law and longstanding international consensus; locating the Embassy in Jerusalem is damaging to the unique identity of Jerusalem as the holy city of the three Abrahamic faiths and is hostile to the Palestinian Christian and Muslim residents of the city; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention assert its conviction that Jerusalem is a universal holy city with no privilege granted to any faith or secular tradition over another; that all holy places in the city must be equally protected and accessible to all adherents; and that the city’s status as a community for all Christians, Muslims, and Jews must be honored; and be it further

Resolved, That, because the General Convention deems the crisis facing Jerusalem a matter of urgent significance to the faith and heritage of every member of the Church, special efforts be made to apprise the members of the Church of the General Convention’s foregoing resolves and to educate them as to the long-festering conflict that has brought the Holy City to this point; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention urge the House of Bishops to disseminate as soon as is practicable a Pastoral Letter explaining the prophetic nature of the position of the Church on the status of Jerusalem, and encouraging study, reflection and action on the part of all Episcopalians to support Jerusalem’s prophetic identity as the Holy City of Peace.

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