To halt and then reverse the flight of Christians from the Holy
Land to preserve, 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.
Why is our Mission important?
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
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.
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
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.
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.