Today's Indigenous Christians

Location of Christians in the Holyland ImageWhen I was asked by a member of my congregation, “Are there Palestinian Christians?” I said "yes", and they are called Palestinian Christians because they are the Christians whose forebearers lived in this part of the Middle East called "Palestine".  They are the descendants of the earliest people of the Christian faith and others who moved here.

Ever since the Christian Church was founded, as recorded in Acts 2, there have been Christians in that\\e same land.  Many Chrstians from other parts of the world made pilgrimages to this Holy Land and some even stayed. It is important for American Christians to meet Palestinian Christians because they are part of the same Body of Christ.  The One Body of Christ is a belief that the Church is One Church and not separate "denominations".

Palestine, as seen on the accompanying map, was the name of the area between the Mediterrarean Sea and the Jordan River ever since it was named that in 183 C.E. (A.D.). Many years later, when the new country of Israel was founded and the UN recognized it, the Christians still remained in the area, which they understood to be the Christian Holy Land because it was the place where Jesus lived his earthly life and where the Church was founded. To distinguish them from other Arab Chistians, they were dubbed "Palestinian Christians".

Here are some ideas for meeting local Christians:

Attend worship and stay for discussion with individuals or groups; 

Stay in Christian-run hotels, convents, hostels, etc.

Visit Christian schools and colleges, hospitals, and other institutions recommended by your denomination.

Contact Christian institutions whose purpose it is to support Christians, such as these in Jerusalem & Bethlehem

    Sabeel Ecumenical Theology Center - Email: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)   Website: (www.sabeel.org)

    Middle East Council of Churches -Email: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

    Tantur Ecumenical Institute (also provide courses) - Email: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

    Dar al-Kalima  Academy of Arts and Culture - Email: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

    St. Andrew's Church and guest house -  Email: info@church of scotland.org.il) 

    Wiam - Email: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

     YWCA  - Website: (www.YWCA-Palestine.org)

Go to other towns mentioned on the page listing Today's Christian Towns and ask around or attend worship. 

Are there Palestinian Christians?” Palestine, whatever you want to call it today, is the homeland of Christianity. Christians visiting the Christian Holy Land need to meet and talk with these Christians  They were there long before the world-wide diversity of Christian denominations developed and before the new country named "Israel" was founded.

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