United Christian Communities addresses human rights, minority rights, and social justice and economic justice issues affecting the Christian minority in Palestine and Israel.
Our principal programming focus is on efforts that support and enhance Christian voices in the Holy Land as they speak to governmental, business, civic and religious leaders.
Our activities include developing, through individual churches, Christian voices in North America that support Christians in the Holy Land and providing “spaces” in Palestine and Israel where Christians can speak freely and openly with governmental, civic and religious leaders.
Our Mission is:
• To halt and then reverse the flight of Christians from the Holy Land to preserve,
• To encourage those who have left the Holy Land to return,
• To help to ensure a vibrant, living Christian presence in the place where Christianity was born,
• And in doing so, to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality and civil rights of minority peoples in the Holy Land by encouraging positive change through dialogue with governmental, civic, business and religious leaders and through civic engagement and action by citizens across the political, religious, ethnic, economic and social spectrum.
Why is our Mission important?
Without strong, vibrant living Christian communities in
the Holy Land the dream of peace,
and maintaining peace,
in the Holy Land will be seriously diminished, to the detriment
of not only the region, but also the world.
In an increasingly secular world, a person's connections with the Holy Land
and the Christians living there can serve to inspire
reconnections, and deepening of connections, with his or her faith. Such connections will serve as a tangible resource to keep
Christianity a part of, and even central to, each person’s
2.If the Christian vibrant communities disappear from the Holy
Land Christianity will suffer because not only will a living connection with its
heritage be lost, and the maintenance and protection of its holy
sites be threatened, but also because a symbol that has acted,
however imperfectly, through the ages as a unifying force
amongst Christians in an increasingly fragmented and fractious
world will disappear.
3.The marvel of the Holy Land - and its promise – lies in the
variety of its peoples and the example they have often provided,
and can provide, to the world when they exercise their living
faiths side by side and demonstrate a positive interaction among
4.Historically though always a minority in the Holy Land,
Christian communities provide a small but necessary buffer
between the dominant religions and cultures in the Holy Land
against the tendencies that can, and often do, destroy people's
willingness and ability to live peacefully together.
5.The presence of Christian populations and their active
participation in civil society is critical to maintaining a
pluralistic Middle East and developing
tolerant, open, democratic forms of government that respect
human rights, including minority rights.