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August 28, 2013
This document has been incubating for twelve months and been through several drafts before reaching this final stage. Many people have contributed to its making. There were those 60 participants at Pentecost 2012 on the Hebridean island of Iona who had the audacious courage to sign a statement calling on the churches of these islands to respond to the challenge of Kairos Palestine; those who formed a steering group to carry the process forward; the theologians and activists who willingly worked to produce a first draft; those who answered our invitation to spend 24 hours at Hawkstone Hall, Shropshire – representing a wide range of denominational loyalties and theological perspectives - and who with insight and imagination interacted with each other and with the drafts, leading to the intensive work which eventually brought to birth ‘A Time for Action’.
We are indebted to insights shared by Jewish and Muslim readers who commented on inter-faith issues and to the copyreader for his careful work. We express heartfelt gratitude to all who have been involved in this process. We commend the document with humility and confidence to the Churches of Britain, to all who long for a just peace in Israel/Palestine, praying that it will be a means of re-awakening in us the urgency of this kairos moment and spur us to action in response to the ‘call from the heart of Palestinian suffering’.