The Palestinian people have a chance for peace — perhaps the last chance — in the new "road map" proposed by the United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations, said Mahmoud Abbas, prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority, in a May 27 meeting in Ramallah with ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson and seven other ELCA representatives.
Among those with Hanson were Stephen P. Bouman, bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan New York Synod, and Floyd M. Schoenhals, bishop of the ELCA Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod, Tulsa, Okla.
The ELCA delegation was in Jerusalem and the West Bank to show support for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan (and Palestine). They also had meetings with leaders and representatives of the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
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