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Walking with Palestinian Christians
The first denomination-wide United Methodist conference on Israel/Palestine, organized by the General Board of Global Ministries and presented at the mega-church Ginghamsburg UMC.
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Events listed on this page:
Unheard Voices from the Heart of Palestine
Sept 30, 2017 • Des Moines, Iowa
Rosemary Radford Ruether Conference for
Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel
Oct. 7, 2017 • Claremont, California
Unheard Voices from the Heart of Palestine
Saturday, September 30, 2017
8:45 am – 4:30 pm
First United Methodist Church
1001 Pleasant St., Des Moines, Iowa
Sponsored by the Middle East Peace Education
Whether you are new to the issue of the Israeli/Palestinian
conflict or you have studied the topic for years,
this symposium is for you.
COME AND LEARN ABOUT:
• America’s role in the Occupation
• Faith perspectives on the conflict
• Becoming active in peacemaking
Rev. Naim Ateek is a Palestinian priest in the Anglican
Church and an Arab citizen of Israel. He is the founder
and former director of Sabeel, an ecumenical theology
center in Jerusalem. He lectures widely and is the author
of several books, including Justice and Only Justice:
A Palestinian Theology of Liberation and A Palestinian
Christian Cry for Reconciliation.
Phyllis Bennis is a fellow at the Institute for Policy
Studies and is a writer, activist and analyst on Middle East
and UN issues. She works with many anti-war organizations
and writes and speaks widely in the US and around the world
as part of the global peace movement. She has written and
edited eleven books and has served as an informal advisor to
several top UN officials on Middle East issues.
Other Speakers: Yaser Abudagga, Rev. Chris Cowan, Ahmed Elkhaldy, Dr. Maria Filippone, Katie Huerter, Elizabeth Leas, Kathleen McQuillen, Pat Minor
The Middle East Peace Education Coalition (MEPEC) is guided by a belief in the worth of every individual. Our mission is to work toward a just peace in Israel/Palestine by:
• Changing US policies that have supported and continue to support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
• Affirming the human rights of all people to self-determination and to security within identified borders.
• Recognizing the right and responsibility of the people of the region to decide on the governance of their state(s).
• Committing to the principle that international law must be the framework for resolving the conflict.
If you are interested in becoming a part of our work, contact Christine Anders at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathleen McQuillen at email@example.com
2017 Rosemary Radford Ruether Conference
for a Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd., Claremont, CA
Co-Sponsors: Friends of Sabeel—North America (FOSNA), Claremont Area FOSNA, Claremont School of Theology, Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Claremont Graduate University
Website for this event with resources and regisration:
REGISTRATION FEES BEFORE SEPTEMBER 13:
General Public: $80.00 (admission to all speakers & the banquet)
Pilgrim Place Residents: $60.00 (admission to all speakers & the banquet)
Students: $30.00 (admission to all speakers & the banquet)
Optional box lunch: add $6.75
If you wish to attend only the banquet and Naim Ateek’s presentation: $30.00
REGISTRATION AFTER SEPTEMBER 13: add $5.00
This day-long conference brings together a stellar lineup of speakers from across the United States:
9:15 a.m. “The Doors She Opened: Introducing Rosemary Radford Ruether,” by Jane Dempsey Douglass. Jane is Hazel Thompson McCord Professor Emerita of Historical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Before she taught at Princeton Seminary 1985–1998, she taught church history at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University from 1963, the year she received a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University, until 1985. With a research focus on Reformation studies and women’s history, her publications include Women, Freedom, and Calvin (Westminster Press, 1985), Women, Gender, and Christian Community, ed. with James F. Kay (Westminster John Knox Press, 1997), Partnership in God’s Mission in the Middle East, ed. with Paraic Reamonn (World Alliance of Reformed Churches, 1998), and Preaching with Her on Life in Fullness, ed. with introduction (Reformed World 53/1 2003). She is a past President of the American Society of Church History. From 1990 to 1997, she was President of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. Her friendship with Rosemary Ruether began in the first years of her teaching in Claremont, which overlapped Rosemary’s final years of doctoral study at Claremont Graduate University. This led to later collaboration on women’s issues.
10:45 a.m.: “Beyond Christian-Jewish Dialogue: Palestine and the Ecumenical Challenge to the Church,” by Mark Braverman. A Jewish American with family roots in Jerusalem, Mark focuses his writing and speaking on the role of religious beliefs and theology in the current discourse and the function of interfaith relations in the current search for just peace. He serves on the advisory board of Friends of Sabeel North America and currently serves as Program Director for Kairos USA, a movement to unify and mobilize American Christians to take a prophetic stance for a just peace in Israel and Palestine. Mark spoke at the launch of the Kairos Palestine document in Bethlehem in 2009, and from 2010 to 2015 served on the Palestine Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of churches. He lectured on Kairos theology at the 2011 Kairos Southern Africa meeting in Johannesburg and Cape Town, at the Global Kairos Conference for Justice in Bethlehem, and at the “Moment of Truth” conference at the Free University of Amsterdam. He has lectured widely in the U.S., UK, Netherlands and Germany, including at the 2015 Kirchentag in Stuttgart. The author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land (Beaufort Books, 2011), and A wall in Jerusalem: Hope, Healing, and the Struggle for Peace in Israel and Palestine (Jericho Books, 2013), his writing, blogs, and sermons can be found at www.markbraverman.org.
1:40 p.m.: “Liberating Theology for a Faithful Path of Resistance in the US and Occupied Palestine,” by Donald E. Wagner. National Program Director for Friends of Sabeel–North America from 2012-2016, he is currently a FOSNA Consultant in Theology. Don is an ordained Presbyterian Church USA clergyman and served churches in New Jersey and Evanston, IL. From 1980–1989 he was the National Director of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign, where he worked closely with Rosemary and Herman Ruether. From 1995–2010 he was the Director for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and professor of Middle Eastern Studies at North Park University in Chicago, IL. He has authored or co-authored five books, the most recent, Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land, with Walter T. Davis (Pickwick, 2014). This book was the basis for the study guide Zionism Unsettled, which he co-authored with Walter T. Davis (Israel/Palestine Mission Network, 2014; Curtis Brown, 2016). Don has led annual trips to the Middle East since 1979.
3:20 p.m.: “A Christian Vision for Justice and Peace,” by Mae Elise Cannon. Mae is executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), a coalition of 27 national church denominations and organizations including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions. CMEP works to encourage U.S. government policies that actively promote a just, lasting, and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She has several masters degrees and earned her doctorate in American History with a minor in Middle Eastern studies at the University of California–Davis. Her dissertation focused on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. Her several publications about the conflict include the upcoming volume A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives toward the Holy Land (Cascade, 2017). She is also the author of the award winning Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World (Intervarsity Press, 2010) and other books on spirituality and justice.
5:30 p.m.: Banquet and “Truth, Courage, and the Prophetic,” by Naim Ateek. A Palestinian Arab Israeli citizen and Episcopal priest, Naim served parishes in Galilee and as Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. He is the founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem and was the first to articulate a Palestinian theology of liberation in his first book, Justice, and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation (Orbis, 1989). In addition to many articles on liberation theology in both Arabic and English, he is the author of A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation (Orbis, 2008), and co-author of Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth (2009), a call by many Palestinian Christians to Christians around the world to help end Israeli occupation. His new book, A Palestinian Liberation Theology: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict (Orbis Books), is forthcoming.
About Rosemary Radford Ruether
Rosemary Radford Ruether (a resident of Pilgrim Place, the location of this conference) has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a scholar, teacher, and activist in the Roman Catholic Church, and is well known as a pioneer in Christian feminist theology and liberation theology, especially in Palestine and Latin America. She has also been an outspoken critic of war since the Vietnam War, and is a signatory to the 2004 “9/11 Truth Statement,” which called for a “Deeper Investigation into the Events of 9/11.”
From a very young age, Rosemary focused on making the world a more equal and fair place for all peoples, championing the poor and the oppressed. She also has had a strong interest in and understanding of the importance of preserving and caring for the environment. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from Scripps College and two degrees, an M.A. in Ancient History and a Ph.D. in Classics and Patristics, from Claremont Graduate School. She is a visiting professor of feminist theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University, the Carpenter Professor Emerita of Feminist Theology at Pacific School of Religion and the GTU, and the Georgia Harkness Professor Emerita of Applied Theology at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Among her 46 books are Faith and Fratricide: The Theological Roots of Anti-Semitism (Seabury Press, 1974), The Wrath of Jonah: The Crisis of Religious Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Fortress Press, 2002) co-authored with husband, Herman (“Herc”), a political scientist, and Integrating Ecofeminism, Globalization, and World Religions (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). Rosemary and Herc have three children.
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