Our Mission


Our Mission is to halt the flight of Christians from the Holy Land, to encourage those who have left to return, to foster a vibrant, living Christian presence in the place where Christianity was born, and to connect Christians living outside the Holy Land with the Holy Land and the Christians living there.

United Christian Communities addresses human rights, minority rights, and social justice and economic justice issues affecting the Christian minority in Palestine and Israel with a view towards halting the flight of Christians from the Holy Land and encouraging those who have left to return.

Our principal programming focus is on efforts that support and enhance Christian voices in the Holy Land as they speak to governmental, 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.

Why is our Mission important?

1. 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 everyday life.

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 themselves.

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.
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.

5.The presence of Christian populations and their active participation in civil society is critical to maintaining a pluralistic Middle East and developing
and maintaining
tolerant, open, democratic forms of government that respect human rights, including minority rights.