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Esther Nelson


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

HQ Phone: (773) 380-2700

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

8765 West Higgins Road

Chicago, Illinois 60631

United States

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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with approximately 4.5 million members in more than 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean regio ... more

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List of U.S. Accompaniers by State | EAPPI-US

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Esther Nelson

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Lutheran | February 2005 | Peaceful presence

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Bringing a peaceful presence and witness to Palestine and Israel, Esther Nelson, an ELCA 'accompanier,' visited Jerusalem.

After Kiekhaefer returned, four more ELCA volunteers signed up: Lynne Rigg (a retired pastor from Red Wing, Minn.); Esther Nelson (Our Savior, Lake Oswego, Ore.); Julie Rowe (a hospital chaplain in San Antonio); and Anne Stephen (Trinity, Manhattan).
Nelson felt a similar compulsion to do something."I was thinking about what I'm called to do, what faith requires of me," she said.Bothered "by ignorance and biases" in the United States, Nelson said she was concerned that her children and grandchildren would pay a price for her country's role in the Middle East.
She had planned to purchase a gift for her hosts until a Palestinian acquaintance told her: "Our real need is to know we are not forgotten and for Americans, people with credibility, to come back and tell [our] story."
In Palestine, Nelson accompanied workers stringing electrical cable in Yanoun."The Israeli settlers of nearby Itamar had already burned one generator and attempted to vandalize a second that provides a few hours of power to the village each night," she said."Although [this is] a project of the Belgian government, it's not safe from sabotage by the settlers.The presence of foreigners provides some security for the workers and the work."
Nelson also harvested peppers in fields where Palestinian families have been tormented by settlers.She picked olives in orchards threatened by the Israeli government's construction of the separation wall between Israeli and Palestinian areas.In many areas, Israel is building the wall on Palestinian land in defiance of a ruling by the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.
In Jerusalem, Nelson met Leah, an Israeli who introduced her to other Jews working for peace.Leah's was a lifelong story of commitment to Israel.When she met an Arab woman who loved to dance, the two explored traditional dancing together.Immediately Leah's Orthodox Jewish community shunned her, prompting her to seek new perspectives.
"Leah spent her whole life in the middle of it and yet knew nothing about the Palestinians' situation," Nelson said.

ELCA Middle East Connections -- December archived bulletins

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Dec. 9 - Op Ed piece, accompanier Esther Nelson

Dec. 9 - Op Ed piece, accompanier Esther Nelson
Esther Nelson, an ELCA member who served as a Ecumenical Accompanier, has recently returned to her home in Oregon.Yesterday she published an opinion piece based on her experience with the West Bank settlements.
For more of Esther Nelson's writing from the West Bank, see here.

Social Justice Ministries | Central Lutheran Church

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CLC Contact: Esther Nelson 503-341-2755 ehnelson0620@yahoo.com

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