Monday, February 16, 2009

A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation, new from Naim Ateek

Friends of Sabeel North America announces Naim Ateek's new book, A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation, and a book tour. And I want to draw your attention to a Lenten study resource offered by the Southwestern Texas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The Peace Not Walls task force of the SW Texas Synod prepared a Lenten resource, "Holy Lent, Holy Land, Holy People: A Journey through the Sermon on the Mount." It is free with no copyright and can be found at this link -

Even if you already have plans in place for Lent, I urge you to take a good look at this fine resource. It's rich with variety and opportunities for new understanding. Each session comes with a liturgy in copy-ready form that includes: art created by Palestinian students at Dar al Kalima College, music, prayers, and litanies, a story related to the text from the Holy Land, and questions for reflection and discussion.

Also included are a set of copy-ready bulletin inserts with roughly two pages of biblical commentary that can be printed front and back on a half sheet of paper for all participants. The commentary also might be used in preparation for the sermon.

Now information about the new Ateek book -

A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation by Naim Ateek, is an analysis of the conflict over land between Palestine and Israel. Ateek is a Palestinian Christian Arab who is also a citizen of Israel.

The first part of this sequel to Justice and Only Justice focuses on events since the Intifada of 1987, including the violence that has come from Israel's aggression and from the use of suicide bombers by Palestinians. The second part of the book draws on scripture, lifting up biblical figures such as Samson, Jonah, Daniel, and Jesus as it examines issues of ownership of the land.

In the final section, Ateek presents a strategy to achieve peace and justice nonviolently
that will promote justice for the Palestinians and security for both Israel and Palestine.

Rev. Dr. Naim Stifan Ateek, an Anglican priest, is a Palestinian Arab and a citizen of Israel. The founder of Sabeel, an ecumenical center in Jerusalem that uses a theological approach to work for liberation for Palestinians, he is the author of Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation and co-editor (with Marc Ellis and Rosemary Radford Ruether) of Faith and the Intifada: Palestinian Christian Voices.

TO ORDER: $24 plus $4.80 (priority shipping) = $28.80 TOTAL.
Make checks payable to Friends of Sabeel and mail to:
PO Box 9186
Portland, Oregon 97207

Visa or MasterCard? Call to order: 503.653.6625
Or check with Orbis books:

Naim Ateek U.S. Book Tour February 19 through March 5

Naim Ateek will be on a five-city book tour in the U.S. from February 19th through March 5th to promote his new book: A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation (

All details for the events are not yet available, but we want to alert you to the dates and contacts.

Washington DC
February 19-22
Events at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria-and other locations
CONTACT: Grace Said,

Boston, MA
February 23-25
Events at The Harvard Coop Bookstore, Harvard Divinity School, Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, and other locations
CONTACT: Ann Franklin, or Hilary Rantisi,

Detroit, MI
February 26-27 (No details yet)
CONTACT: Betsy Barlow,

Chicago, IL
February 28--March 2
Event at St. James Episcopal Cathedral & other locations
CONTACT: Jackie Lynn,

Atlanta, GA
March 2-4
Event at Columbia Presbyterian Seminary and other locations
CONTACT: Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel,

[Friends of Sabeel--North America, PO Box 9186, Portland, OR 97207 - -]

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