Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Two upcoming Sabeel conferences in California

Please share information about two upcoming "Sabeel" conferences with your contacts in California.

Palestinian Christians will speak at upcoming Friends of Sabeel Conferences in Sacramento and Sunnyvale, Calif.

Sacramento, A Time for Justice: Supporting Human Rights in Palestine & Israel, March 16-17, Click this link for details.

Sunnyvale, Breaking the Barriers to a Just Peace in Israel/Palestine, March 23-24, Click this link for details

The Rev Naim Ateek, founder of Sabeel, the ecumenical Palestinian Christian liberation theology center in Jerusalem, will shed light on current realities for Palestinians in the Holy Land at two Friends of Sabeel Conferences next month (see above links). 

Huwaida Arraf, a Palestinian Christian, lawyer and human rights activist will present along with a host of other international and regional scholars, theologians and activists.  Arraf just returned from Bahrain where she was invited to witness pro-democracy demonstrations. This past November, she was one of the Palestine Free Riders, who, inspired by the U.S. Civil Rights Freedom Riders of the 1960s, attempted to ride segregated Israeli settler public buses.

Naim Ateek’s personal story includes displacement from his family home as a boy during the creation of the state of Israel.  An “internal refugee,” he is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, an experience about which most Americans know little, if anything. Pastor Ateek is the author of numerous books and articles, including Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation and A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation.  

Each two-day conference provides a unique opportunity for American Christians and others to hear perspectives and insights of the realities of Palestinians in the Holy Land.  Conference attendees will also learn about inspiring work being done in the region as well as the seemingly endless struggle.

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