Friday, February 8, 2008

Sabeel Conferences set for Pasadena and Philadelphia

I want to be sure this announcement reaches you folks in time for you to consider registering for the Sabeel Confrence in Philadelphia in April. A major conference will be underway this month in Pasadena, Calif., "From Occupation to Liberation: Voices We Need to Hear," Feb. 15-16

Here are details about the Philadelphia event:

Philadelphia Sabeel Conference, April 25-26, 2008
Theme: "In Search of a Homeland - The Quest for Place and Peace in Israel and Palestine"

Conference Overview
A two day conference will be held at Villanova University, Connelly Center, to promote education and advocacy about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sixty years ago in 1948, Israel celebrated its independence while Palestinians endured their Nakba, or "catastrophe," as they fled their land as refugees. Speakers will address the history and root causes of the conflict as well as the current realities and hopes for peace. Workshops will offer time for discussion and advice. There will also be a film screening, cultural event, and art exhibit by renowned local artist Rajie Cook.

+ Rev. Naim Ateek Director, Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem, "Christian Strategies for Non-Violent Peacemaking."
+ Dr. Marc Ellis, Director for Jewish Studies, Baylor University,
"The Jewish Dream and the 1948 Reality."
+ Dr. Elia Zureik, Emeritus Faculty, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada,
"A Journey of 60 years; the Story of Palestinian Refugees."
+ Dr. Yvonne Haddad, History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Georgetown University
"Understanding our Muslim Friends."
+ Jeff Halper, Coordinator, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize nominee,
"Reframing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A View from the Ground."
+ John Hubers Former Middle East Director, Reformed Church of America,
"Whose Homeland Is It? Confronting Christian Zionism."

+ Susan Abulhawa, Founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, Author: The Scar of David (Best Book Award, USA Book News)
+ Fr. John Sullivan and Sr. Maria Rieckelman, Maryknoll Missionaries, led six pilgrimages to the Holy Land.
+ Rev. Kail Ellis, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Science, Villanova University.
+ Dr. Roger AllenProfessor of Arabic, University of Pennsylvania.
+ Dr. Linda Hanna and Leila Barclay, "Environmental Impact of War."
+ Members of Jewish Voice for Peace, "Jewish Anti-Occupation Activism."

Ecumenical Working Group for Middle East Peace, Philadelphia area
Villanova Center for Peace and Justice Education
Office of Justice and Peace of the Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova
Friends of Sabeel-North America

More information is at the web site of Friends of Sabeel - North America -

Sabeel (In Arabic, "the Way") is a Jerusalem-based ecumenical peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians. The web site in Jerusalem provides more background -

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