Canceled due to coronavirus precautions: Peace in the Holy Land, A Palestinian Christian perspective: A talk with Alex Awad and Rich Morse

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Bellevue Presbyterian Church to explore questions American evangelical Christians often have about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this Saturday morning at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am
Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Room S-140, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
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Tickets: Free
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Alex’s talk “Peace in the Holy Land, A Palestinian Christian Perspective,”  will address many of the questions evangelical Christians raise about the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These questions include:

    • What prevents peace between Israel and Palestine?
    • What does the Bible say about the situation in the Holy Land today?
    • Who are the Palestinian Christians?
    • What are the challenges and opportunities for interfaith dialogue?

After his talk, Alex will be joined by Rich Morse, Regional Coordinator of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) and both will take audience questions. Rich, who is CMEP’s Washington Regional Coordinator, will also talk about ways U.S. Christians can advocate for a just peace in the Holy Land.

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CANCELLED Event – due to coronavirus travel restrictions. Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb Keynote: Culture as a Tool for Social Transformation: A Palestinian Christian Perspective

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Seattle Pacific University for an event sponsored by the Social Justice and Cultural Studies Dept and Churches for Middle East Peace.  Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb will speak about the work of culture building and preservation in Palestinian society under the Israeli military occupation.
Date: Cancelled:  Wednesday, March 5, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:45 am
Location: Seattle Pacific University,
3307 3rd Ave W, Room: Beegle 201, Seattle, WA
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Tickets: Free, limited seating open to the public
Event Details

Come learn about the critical work of culture building and preservation in Palestinian society under the Israeli military occupation. Featuring keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, founder and president of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Palestine, and co-founder of U.S.-based fundraising and advocacy organization Bright Stars of Bethlehem. Rev. Dr. Raheb is the most widely published Palestinian Christian theologian to date.

In 2015 he received the Olof Palme Prize for his courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all. In 2012 he was awarded the German Media Prize for his “tireless work in creating room for hope for his people, who are living under Israeli Occupation, through founding and building institutions of excellence in education, culture and health.”

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Where Have All The Christians Gone?

I was in Bethlehem in December of 2019 at a Sabeel gathering.  The Status of Bethlehem as a Christian presence in the Holy Land is being threatened.  When I first visited Bethlehem in 1983 the Christian population was above 80%. It is now below 20%.  87% of Bethlehem land has been confiscated by the State of Israel.  122,000 settlers live in 22 illegal settlements according to international law surrounding Bethlehem.  Bring a friend to see the film “The Stones Cry Out” and hear the story of Palestinian Christians.

 

Movie Night…St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Where:  426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. Vancouver, Washington 98663

When:     Sunday, March 8,…5:30 PM

 Movie:   “The Stones Cry Out”  Voice of the Palestinian Christians
Appetizers and beverages at 5;30PM followed by the film and conversation.   Questions?   contact Claudia at 360 624 3360….child care provided..
The Rev. Canon Dick Toll

Coping With Occupation

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Saint Mark’s Mideast Focus Ministry for a film series to educate and promote understanding about the struggle for peace and justice in the Holy Land.  Each screening includes presentations by guest speakers with personal experience on the subject. The opening film “Tel Aviv on Fire” will feature guest speaker playwright Ed Mast.
Date: Fridays:
February 28, 2020
March 27, 2020
April 24, 2020
May 15, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: St. Mark’s Cathedral,
Bloedel Hall
1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA
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Tickets: Free
Event Details

For over 70 years the U.S. has supported the illegal and invasive occupation of Palestine by the Government of Israel. How are we to cope with the fact that our country, almost alone in the world, is responsible for this violation of Human Rights?

Our series begins with humor because it is the most bearable coping device. Through satire we get perspective on our common humanity. Then we look at how Gazans try to make their desperate situation known to the world, how families endure when their children are forcibly removed from their homes and placed in military prisons, and how they cope when their homes are demolished before their eyes. Finally, we explore some of the factors explaining why the U.S. leads the way in supporting this occupation.

Film Series Dates:

  • February 28, 2020: Tel Aviv on Fire (catered reception at 6:15 p.m.)
  • March 27, 2020: Gaza Fights for Freedom
  • April 24, 2020: Imprisoning a Generation
  • May 15, 2020: The Lobby—U.S.A

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Invite: Learn about Bethlehem Center for Global Peacebuilding and Justice

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Please join our brothers and sisters from BelPres church’s Israel Palestine Impact Team to welcome Andrew Bush and learn about the Bethlehem Center for Global Peacebuilding and Justice.  It’s a new initiative in a region that is suffering from decades of strife and violence. Andrew will serve as director of the Bethlehem Center.
Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020
Time: 12:15 – 2:00 pm
Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue WA (Room S-140)
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Tickets: Free
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For the past 40 years, Bethlehem Bible College has been preparing Christian Palestinians to serve their local churches and communities. Next fall, with help from Andrew Bush, the college will also start preparing its students for peace and reconciliation ministry. The new venture is called the Bethlehem Center for Global Peacebuilding and Justice, and it’s a welcome initiative in a region that is suffering from decades of strife and violence. Andrew will serve as director of the Bethlehem Center.

For Andrew and his wife Karen, launching the Bethlehem Center marks their return to Palestine after a number of years of church planting in the Philippines. The Bushes served in the Palestinian Territories from 1998 to 2005 and still have a number of friends there.

Andrew has a postgraduate degree from the Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Francaise in Jerusalem and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of Learning from the Least: Reflections on a Journey in Mission with Palestinian Christians. You can learn more about the Bushes at their website.

A light lunch will be served.

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Event: Behind the scenes with NPR’s correspondent in Jerusalem

TALK | Behind The Scenes with NPR’s Correspondent in Jerusalem

Please join this event organized by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, Middle East Center, and Department of Communication.
Date: Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Location: University of Washington, Kane Hall 130, 4069 Spokane Lane, Seattle, WA 98105
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Tickets: Free, but must register
Event Details

NPR international correspondent Daniel Estrin will share the stories behind his reporting, from Israel to Gaza to Syria to the White House, and the joys and challenges of storytelling in one of the most contested and culturally rich corners of the world.

Daniel Estrin is NPR’s international correspondent in Jerusalem. Since joining NPR in 2017, he has reported from Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, chronicling the Trump Administration’s shifting policies in the region. He has also told tales of secret agents, antiquities dealers, and ancient manuscripts. Daniel has reported from the Middle East for over a decade, including seven years with the Associated Press. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, PRI’s The World, and other media.

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Informational Meeting: Tour of the Holy Land (Tomorrow)

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Please join our brothers and sisters this Sunday, Jan 5, at Bellevue Presbyterian Church to learn about an upcoming tour of the Holy Land where you’ll visit celebrated holy sites and meet with Israelis and Palestinians working to bring peace to the Holy Land.
Date: Sunday, Jan 5, 2020
Time: 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church
1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Room S-140
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Event Details
  • The tour is scheduled for April 25 to May 2 with an extension available from May 2 to May 5.
  • The BelPres Israel Palestine Impact Team has joined with our counterparts at University Presbyterian Church (Seattle) to organize the trip. We’ve worked closely with BelPres mission partner Churches for Middle East Peace to create the itinerary.
  • Professional Israeli and Palestinian guides along with staff from Churches for Middle East Peace will help lead the tour.
  • Our tour group will meet several times prior to our departure so we can get to know each other and gain useful historical and cultural background.

We’ll have more details about the trip and answer any questions at the meeting this Sunday at 12:15 PM in Room S-140, Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.

If you’re interested in a Holy Land tour that also explores how Christians can respond to the heartbreaking conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, we urge you to join us Sunday.

More information here →

Informational Meeting: Tour of the Holy Land (Sunday)

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Please join our brothers and sisters this Sunday, Jan 5, at Bellevue Presbyterian Church to learn about an upcoming tour of the Holy Land where you’ll visit celebrated holy sites and meet with Israelis and Palestinians working to bring peace to the Holy Land.
Date: Sunday, Jan 5, 2020
Time: 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church
1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Room S-140
Information: Event information here →
Event Details
  • The tour is scheduled for April 25 to May 2 with an extension available from May 2 to May 5.
  • The BelPres Israel Palestine Impact Team has joined with our counterparts at University Presbyterian Church (Seattle) to organize the trip. We’ve worked closely with BelPres mission partner Churches for Middle East Peace to create the itinerary.
  • Professional Israeli and Palestinian guides along with staff from Churches for Middle East Peace will help lead the tour.
  • Our tour group will meet several times prior to our departure so we can get to know each other and gain useful historical and cultural background.

We’ll have more details about the trip and answer any questions at the meeting this Sunday at 12:15 PM in Room S-140, Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.

If you’re interested in a Holy Land tour that also explores how Christians can respond to the heartbreaking conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, we urge you to join us Sunday.

More information here →

Eyes on Gaza: A report from Norwegian physician and activist Mads Gilbert

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Jewish Voice for Peace for webinar about the conditions in Gaza.
Date: Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 pm ET
Location: Webinar
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Tickets: Free, but must register
Event Details

Dr. Mads Gilbert has worked extensively in Gaza in al-Shifa Hospital starting with the 2008 Israeli assault and will be presenting a vivid, first-hand description of medical and humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip. Mads Fredrik Gilbert is a Norwegian physician, humanitarian, outspoken activist and politician for the Red Party. He is a specialist in anesthesiology and head of the emergency medicine department at the University Hospital of North Norway and Professor of emergency medicine at the University of Tromsø. He is the author of Eyes in Gaza and Night in Gaza.

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Lecture and Discussion: Palestine Refugees in Lebanon

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Kirkland WA for a lecture and discussion about Palestine refugees in Lebanon.
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland WA
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Tickets: Free
Event Details

Abby Brook, a graduate student of Middle East Studies of the American University of Beirut, will share her first-hand knowledge of the history and current conditions of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon followed by a Q&A session.  Abby has worked with several organizations advocating for human rights, justice, and peace for Palestinians.

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