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Answering the urgent call from Palestinian Christians 
~ in Kairos Palestine:  A Moment of Truth ~ for effective action to end the Israeli occupation and achieve a just peace in the Holy Land.


Walking with Palestinian Christians

August 2014

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.

Learn more about this landmark United Methodist event,

including text and videos from plenary sessions.

The UMKR Planning Retreat 2016

October 2016

United Methodist justice advocates gathering in Des Moines Iowa to discuss recent successess and challenges and plan the next chapter for UMKR, the denomination-wide movement for a just peace in the Holy Land. See details


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With Love as its Logic:
Heeding the Call of Palestinian Christians

Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA)

•  2 MAY 2019
• 12 noon ET/ 9:00 am PT (US time zones)
• Global Online Webinar

Join FOSNA for a conversation with Palestinian Christian organizers in Palestine!
This webinar is an opportunity to hear from Christians in Palestine as they mark the 10th anniversary of the Kairos Palestine Document – a guiding proclamation by Palestinian Christians calling on the world to take action in solidarity with Palestinians. For this anniversary year, the global Kairos Palestine movement is organizing a petition delivery campaign to Israeli embassies and legations around the world on May 15th, Nakba Day
See and sign the petition here!
Join the webinar to learn how we can mark the 10-year anniversary. Hear Muna Mushahwar, with the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP), Rifat Kassis, Coordinator of Kairos Palestine, and Omar Haramy, Administrator at Sabeel in Jerusalem, discussing the current political climate in Palestine, the Global Kairos petition and the call for action on May 15th. FOSNA Executive Director, Tarek Abuata, will facilitate the discussion. CLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR

International Law, American Politics, and Palestine
Friends of Sabeel - Los Angeles & Orange County

•  4 May 2019  •  Pasadena, CA, USA

Friends of Sabeel - LA & OC presents a riveting afternoon with two nationally renowned speakers! RICHARK FALK served as United Nations Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories from 2008 to 2014. Palestinian-American TAREK ABUATA is the Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), a national ecumenical organization bringing the voice of Palestinian Christians to the American public. Two knowledgeable and powerful speakers not to be missed! The afternoon includes practical workshops on church organizing, advocating with elected officials, protecting free speech rights and more. 
LOCATION: Knox Presbyterian Church, 225 South Hill Ave, Pasadena, CA, USA
TIME: 1:00-4:30 PM. 

CMEP Peace Advocacy Summit Persistent Hope:
35 Years of CMEP

•  23-25 June 2019  •  Washington DC, USA

In 2019, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) celebrates its 35th anniversary of encouraging US policies that actively promote a comprehensive resolution to conflicts in the Middle East. Our 2019 Advocacy Summit will look back at everything CMEP has accomplished over the past three-and-a-half decades, as well as what our work will look like going forward and the opportunities to work for peace and justice that will come.       Over the past decades, CMEP has been a leading force in elevating the voices of Middle East Christians on Capitol Hill and around the United States.  Join us as we celebrate and strategize for how to best carry out this work in the future! Learn more and register:

UK Sabeel-Kairos Annual Conference: Faith in Action 2019
• 29 June 2019  •   Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sabeel-Kairos was formed in 2017 as a

result of the merger of Friends of Sabeel UK

and Kairos Britain. Come along to meet like-minded

people, learn about taking part in real activism, have

good discussions, eat, drink, buy Palestinian food and

enjoy Palestinian culture. We are expecting this to

be a great day and we can’t wait to see you all there! 

The day’s schedule includes: Ethical investment,

Campaign Action, Lunch, Palestinian Crafts and

Photography, Palestinian and expert speakers,

War on Want, Activist Workshops, Palestinian Food.

There will also be a campaign workshop by Charlotte

Marshall of Sabeel-Kairos and
Ryvka Barnard of War
on Want.    

RIFAT KASSIS, Palestinian Activist.

Founding member and Director of Kairos Palestine

DAVID CRONIN, Journalist, Activist, and
Author of ‘Balfour’s Shadow’

PROF. ADAM SUTCLIFFE, of King’s College London and Independent Jewish Voices who will lead a session on antisemitism.
Learn more about this event and book online


SAVE THE DATE: UNJPPI  2019 Gathering
United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPR)
•  13-15 September 2019 •  Ottawa, Canada

Still in the planning stages, the proposed theme for this event, ‘Solidarity Matters’, is in keeping with Palestinian partners’ call for ‘costly solidarity’ of Christians around the world.  How can we let Palestinians in Gaza and the Occupied Territories know they are not alone and support those in North America seeking to be in solidarity as they face being falsely accused of antisemitism?     With a focus on creating an uplifting experience  -  to embrace “Hope when tears are not enough” - in a time when there is not a lot of good news, we will also be looking at holding a public community event during the weekend. More details to come: 
Visit UNJPPI online  
See also their site for urgent action.

Two Holy Land Conferences, back to back!
Kairos Palestine and Sabeel Jerusalem are scheduling their 2019 events consecutively, so that supporters can attend both in one trip to Palestine.  The Kairos Palestine conference will be held on the 29-30 November to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (observed annually on 29 November).  The Sabeel International Gathering will be held on 2-7 December. See information on the Sabeel event below. Check the Kairos Palestine website for information on their conference when available:


Palestinian Theologies In Action:
An International Sabeel Gathering

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
December 2-7, 2019  •  Jerusalem and Bethlehem

​Download this invitation and register at the Sabeel website:

We call on our friends to come and join us in this

important gathering. Your presence gives us

hope and encouragement as together we continue

on the path of peace with justice. This will be a

time of fellowship, friendship, and renewal,

as well as a time to learn and discuss.
      It is said that theology is like a cross which vertically

leads humanity to God, and horizontally leads us to

our neighbour. For Palestinian Christians, this link was

damaged during the Nakba. Unable to go back to our

former theological thinking while struggling to find a way

forward. Whether it was Western feelings of guilt, the

theology of Christian literalists, or the ideology of Zionism,

the bible was used to grant approval to the tragedy of the

Palestinian people. This is the Faith Nakba, from which various Palestinian Christian theologies have sprung. We at Sabeel believe it is now time to celebrate these theologies, the answers they provide, and the questions they raise; and to gather to recommit ourselves to keep on the struggle until justice, liberation, and peace are realized. (Photo: Sabeel International Conference 2017)
This gathering will explore the following themes:
1. Realities on the Ground
We will spend time seeing the realities on the ground in Palestine and Israel. Speaking to people, seeing places, and spending time in reflection in the land of the Holy One.
2. The Theologies of Palestine
We will hear from theologians from Palestine and further afield. We will discuss and reflect together on the past, present, and future.
3. Theology in Action
Based on the new Kumi Now initiative from Sabeel we will
explore the ways in which Palestinian Liberation Theology is developed through action in order to achieve a just peace in Palestine and Israel. We believe that there arethree principles on which any action should be based: it should be just (based on international law), inclusive (open to all), and nonviolent (not overcoming evil by evil, but overcoming evil by good (Romans 12:21))
      We will hear from activists, organizations, and individuals from various backgrounds. We will take part in action, and we will endeavour to answer the question of how theology can lead to action in order to achieve a just peace.