Friday, October 1, 2010

Sabeel Conference Oct. 29-30 in St. Paul, Minn.

Friends of Sabeel Conference coming up Oct. 29-30 in St. Paul, Minn.

One Land, Two Peoples, Three Faiths: Time for Reconciliation and Peace
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
October 29 & 30, 2010

Naim Ateek - Palestinian Anglican priest, founder/director of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, author of Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation and A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation.

Mark Braverman - Jewish American with deep family roots in the Holy Land. Trained as a clinical psychologist, Mark now devotes himself full-time to the cause for peace in historic Palestine. In his work he focuses on the role of religious beliefs and theology in the current discourse on Israel/Palestine and the future of interfaith relations.

Don Wagner - The Rev. Donald Wagner is professor of religion and Middle Eastern studies at North Park University in Chicago. He is author of Anxious for Armageddon (1995) and Dying in the Land of Promise: Palestine and Palestinian Christianity from Pentecost to 2000 (2003).

Huwaida Arraf - Palestinian Christian who chairs the Free Gaza Movement, the organization behind the Gaza Freedom Flotillas. She is also a co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement whose mission is to resist the Israeli occupation using nonviolent tactics. She is married to Adam Shapiro, another ISM co-founder, whom she met while both were working at the Jerusalem center of Seeds of Peace, an organization that seeks to foster dialogue between Jewish and Palestinian youth.

Craig and Cindy Corrie - They are the parents of Rachel Corrie of Olympia, Wash., who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza Strip, in March 2003. They have taken up their daughter's cause, making it their own through The Rachel Corrie Foundation.

Fouzi Slisli - Dr. Slisli is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. His areas of specialization include: Colonial and Imperial History; Race in Modern History; Islam and politics.

WORKSHOPS (subject to change)
Minnesota BDS Campaign, Sylvia Schwarz
The Work and Role of Christian Peacemakers, Diane Roe
US Campaign to End the Occupation, David Hosey
Gaza Today, Amal Ashour and Friends
Ecumenical Accompaniment and other Service Opportunities, Lynne Rigg
Seeds of Peace, School for Palestinians and Jewish Israelis, Eric Kapenga
Getting to Know Each Other, (about Palestinian children for US children), Mary Davies

Click on a link below or paste into your browser to visit the St. Paul conference web page for updated information on speakers and workshops, keynote presentations, online registration, local hotels, and more:

Friends of Sabeel-North America -

Friends of Sabeel regional conferences are an effective tool for broadening awareness among western Christians on the issues relevant to the peoples of the Holy Land. Drawing on a rich pool of expertise in the fields of theology, biblical scholarship, church social justice teaching, regional history, international law, foreign policy and political currents, these educational events are able to attract wide participation from an ecumenical audience. Our speakers are individuals who represent the Palestinian Christian and Muslim communities as well as the Israeli Jewish community--religious leaders, scholars, writers and activists. American presenters come from all three religious traditions and from secular strands within the Sabeel movement.

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