Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Peace, Palestine & US Policy 1948-2008 - Sabeel Conference coming up

There is still time to register for the Sabeel Conference next month in the Detroit area.

SABEEL CONFERENCE--Birmingham (Detroit), Michigan
September 25-27, 2008
Peace, Palestine & US Policy 1948-2008

First Presbyterian Church
1669 W. Maple
Birmingham, Michigan

Sponsored by: Detroit/Ann Arbor Friends of Sabeel
For detailed information, go to this link - http://www.fosna.org/conferences_and_trips/index.html or contact: Jon Swanson semifosna@gmail.com - (734) 741-1273.

Sabeel Founder: Naim Ateek
Israel's Foremost Revisionist Historian: Ilan Pappe
Pulitzer Prize Winner: Chris Hedges
Author-Activist: Joel Kovel

With: Anna Baltzer, Susan Nathan, Phyllis Bennis, Imam Mohammed Mardini, Don Wagner, Mazin Qumsiyeh, John B. Quigley

PROGRAM highlights
Thursday, September 25
“The View from Inside Israel: Present and Future” Susan Nathan
“The View from Inside the Occupied Territories” Anna Baltzer
“Ethnic Cleansing 1948 to the Present” Prof. Ilan Pappe, Exeter University, UK

Friday, September 26
“The Mandate for Justice in Judaism, Christianity and Islam”
Joel Kovel, Rev. Don Wagner, and Imam M. Mardini
“U.S. Interests and the U.S. Role in the Conflict” Phyllis Bennis
“Blinders in the Communication Process” Chris Hedges
Workshops (Challenging Christian Zionism, Impacting Congress, Impacting the Media, Boycotts and Divestment, Working for Justice with Abrahamic Faiths, What Works? Educating and Advocating in our Communities)
Banquet at St. George’s Orthodox Church. Keynote Speaker: Canon Naim Ateek, President of Sabeel

Saturday, September 27
“International Law Related to the Israel-Palestinian Conflict” Prof. John Quigley
“Is Peace Possible?” Panel of speakers
Workshops (Impacting Congress, Working in Churches, Using International Law to Shape a Peace Agreement, Refugee Stories and Issues, Boycotts and Divestment, Palestinian Home Rebuilding: ICAHD Resists Occupation; Strategies for Educating, and Advocating in our Communities)
"What Can We Do?” Naim Ateek and Rev. Richard Toll, Chair of Friends of Sabeel — North America

The home page for Friends of Sabeel - North America: http://www.fosna.org/index.html

Sabeel is an ecumenical grassroots liberation theology movement among Palestinian Christians. Inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, this liberation theology seeks to deepen the faith of Palestinian Christians, to promote unity among them toward social action. Sabeel strives to develop a spirituality based on love, justice, peace, nonviolence, liberation and reconciliation for the different national and faith communities. The word "Sabeel" is Arabic for ‘the way‘ and also a ‘channel‘ or ‘spring‘ of life-giving water.

Sabeel also works to promote a more accurate international awareness regarding the identity, presence and witness of Palestinian Christians as well as their contemporary concerns. It encourages individuals and groups from around the world to work for a just, comprehensive and enduring peace informed by truth and empowered by prayer and action. See the Sabeel web site - http://www.sabeel.org/

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