The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has issued its August Middle East Network Newsletter [posted at http://www.elca.org/Our-Faith-In-Action/Justice/Peace-Not-Walls/Resources/Newsletter.aspx]
Please give special attention to the Lakeside Theological Convocation, Sept. 7-9, 2010.
The Church and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict –Working for Peace in the Middle East
Lakeside Theological Convocation
Sept. 7-9, 2010
It is not too late to register for Trinity Lutheran Seminary's Lakeside Theological Convocation at the Lakeside Conference Center, 60 miles east of Toledo on Lake Erie.
Keynote presenters are Warren Clark of Churches for Middle East Peace; Bishop Bruce Burnside from the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin; Susan Wilder, ELCA representative for Middle East policy; Rani Abdulmasih from Mother of the Savior Arabic Lutheran Church in Dearborn, Michigan; and Michael Trice, Associate Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations, ELCA.
Find more information and register at this website: http://www.trinitylutheranseminary.edu/lakeside-theological-convocation - or call 614-384-4661.
Program topics and titles include:
•Background to the Conflict
•Transformed Nonconformists: Opportunities for Middle East Peace Making in the US Arena
•Holy Land, Holy people, Holy God: A Christian Palestinian Perspective
•Balancing Interests: Christian-Jewish Conversations Today
•On the Ground in Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Obstacles and Opportunities
Other news from the ELCA Middle East Network... Middle East-related news and action alerts from the ELCA e-Advocacy Network - http://www.elca.org/~/media/Files/Our%20Faith%20in%20Action/Justice/Peace%20Not%20Walls/MENET/MENET%202010-08-10.pdf
On July 24, 2010, the Rev. Dr. Munib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), was elected President of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). He succeeds outgoing president the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the ELCA, who has held the position since 2003. Bishop Younan will serve until the next LWF Assembly, which is normally held every six years. (...) see Bishop Younan's July 25 sermon, "Who could imagine the Holy Land without Christians?" - http://www.lwf-assembly.org/experience/lwi-assembly-news/news-detail/article/555/8/neste/1/
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land complete joint youth mission trip
The Holy Land Youth Mission returned safe and sound at the end of July, full of experiences and emotions and struck by the contrasts of the blessed but battered Holy Land. As Laura Heinrich put it in her blog: In Jerusalem we experienced the good, the bad, the ugly, the worst, the sad, the broken... U.S. participants were shocked by story after story of oppressive restrictions, but heartened by the hospitality and graciousness of their Palestinian hosts. They were saddened by some hopelessness about the situation, yet inspired by the many who have dreams and convictions of bringing justice and peace to their land. Stay tuned for more reflections as they return to internet connectivity and have time to process all they have experienced. Click to this website - http://www.elca.org/Our-Faith-In-Action/Justice/Peace-Not-Walls/What-We-Do/Travel/Youth-Trips.aspx - which also has a link to the facebookpage, ELCA/ELCJHL Holy Land Youth Mission.
Current analysis and reports from the ground on PNW (Peace Note Walls) website
What are Israeli peace leaders are saying about the current situation? How are Palestinians and Israelis together practicing non-violent resistance? Who makes the best beer in the West Bank? For answers, go to current analysis and reports from the ground on the Peace Not Walls website - http://www.elca.org/Our-Faith-In-Action/Justice/Peace-Not-Walls/Situation-Update/Current-Analysis.aspx
Posted there are recent analyses (and video clips) by Israeli, Palestinian, and American commentators, such as Gershon Baskin, co-CEO of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information; Ziad Asali, President of the American Task Force on Palestine; and New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof. Titles include: "Peace Demands Courage," "Encountering Peace: Settlements and the anti-Zionists," "The West Bank - What about Fairness?" and "Beer and Checkpoints in the West Bank."
There is much more in the ELCA's Middle East Network Newsletter -
Please check out the whole August edition.
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