Dear Congregations, Pastors, Deacons and all of the New England Synod,
In recent days, I have read of the news that impacts our companion church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land. Our brothers and sisters in the Lutheran congregations of Palestine are in danger of loosing medical treatmentthrough the East Bank Hospital System in Jerusalem.
The White House has made the decision to withhold $25 million from the network that includes the Augusta Victoria Hospital. These are funds that have already received congressional approval.
Regardless of ones political affiliation, I believe that as people of faith we must put the welfare of people, especially the most vulnerable, above politics. Therefore, I am asking you to join with me, Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, and Lutherans all across this church to write to the White House and your congressional leaders. Ask them to reinstate the funding for East Jerusalem hospitals.
What should I write?
As a person of faith who is concerned with the welfare of all people, I urge you to call for full restoration of humanitarian assistance to Palestinians, including the release of funds designated for the East Jerusalem hospitals.
Where should I send it?
https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ - Note: Unless you want to receive emails daily from the White house, uncheck the box at the bottom of the contact form.
For whom shall I pray?
Pray for the patients, nurses, doctors, orderlies, custodians of the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem, as well as the work of the Lutheran World Federation.
Where can I learn more?
Thank you for your urgent attention to this humanitarian crisis, which can be averted.
James Hazelwood +
Bishop James Hazelwood