The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has launched an Appeal at General Synod’s July 2011 Group of Sessions, for funds to help sustain Christian communities in the Holy Land.
The Archbishop said, “I returned from a visit to the Holy Land last year with a very, very strong sense that we had to do more to express our solidarity with the Christian communities there … We know our brothers and sisters there are suffering; and we don’t always ask ourselves often enough what our response needs to be.”
He hoped that Anglicans and others would give generously to help build a fund from which community projects could be supported projects which would contribute to the sustainability of the most vulnerable Christian communities, especially on the West Bank.
“I want to appeal today to you, for your support in creating in the near future, a fund with which we might assist projects of community development and work creation, especially among Palestinian Christians,” said the Archbishop.
The Archbishop’s appeal comes ahead of a conference on Christians in the Holy land which he and the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols are jointly hosting at Lambeth Palace on 18/19 July.