Statement on Jerusalem

08 December 2017

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have released the following statement regarding Jerusalem.

The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem this week wrote to President Donald Trump, saying that their "solemn advice and  plea is for  the  United  States  to  continue  recognizing  the  present international  status  of  Jerusalem".  We share the profound concerns expressed in that letter.  The unilateral action of the United States government over Jerusalem makes the path to a negotiated settlement less clear.  
The Methodist Church has previously said that Jerusalem's special status as "a place for two nations and three faiths is the real basis upon which trust could be built up among the different communities".  We believe that a lasting peace can only be based on trust, security and freedom from fear for all people.  We offer prayers for the people of Palestine and Israel, for Jew, Muslim and Christian, echoing the Psalmist as we pray for the peace of Jerusalem.