Jim Cairney, from Hamilton Conference, has been appointed by The United Church of Canada to serve as an ecumenical accompanier in the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). He will serve from June through September 2012, and will be part of a five-person team in the village of Yanoun.
The United Church of Canada has participated in this initiative of the World Council of Churches since it began in 2002. As of early 2012, the EAPPI has received over 1,000 ecumenical accompaniers from 16 countries, who have served in small teams for three-month periods in seven locations in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.
Jim Cairney is the Lead Minister, Christ Church, in Mississauga, Ontario. He was ordained by Hamilton Conference in 1981, and has served in a number of contexts across Canada, including rural and isolated communities, with First Nations peoples, in inner cities, and in new church development.
Jim brings a high commitment to a peaceful, just, and non-violent resolution of the Occupation of Palestine. Learn more by visiting his profile and reading his blog.
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