The Search for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Bellevue Presbyterian Church for a series exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how we might serve as agents of peace and reconciliation.
Date: Tuesdays, Sept 3 – Nov 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE (Upper Campus room 425), Bellevue WA
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Tickets: Free
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Some Jews and Christians consider the modern state of Israel to be the fulfillment of a Biblical promise that God made to Abram. “To your offspring I will give this land,” God tells Abram in Genesis 12, referring to the territory we today know as Israel and Palestine. This and other Old Testament verses, however, can prove troubling when seeking a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Does God’s promise to Abram permit us to overlook the mistreatment of the Palestinian people by those “given” the Holy Land? How should we think about Biblical passages used to justify unjust Israeli policies toward the Palestinians?

These questions take center stage in this study series called The Search for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land. BelPres Associate Pastor Scott Mann will walk us through the Genesis texts, and other passages in scripture, in order to help us gain a larger view of what the Bible says about Holy Land “ownership” and relations between Israelis and Palestinians. We’ll have plenty of time afterward for discussion.

The event gets started at 7 PM in Upper Campus (UC) Room 425 at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.

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A Response to Christian Zionism

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Please join the Kairos Puget Sound Coalition for an opportunity as a community to learn about the history of Christian Zionism a primary influence on Americas ongoing support for the State of Israel and to learn about how to counteract it with learning, love, and engagement.
Date: Saturday, Oct 5, 2019
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm,  Reception following:  4:15 – 6:00pm
Location: University Congregational UCC, 4515 16th Ave NE, Seattle, WA
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A coalition of 15 churches from different denominations and civic organizations are organizing the 4th Annual Kairos Puget Sound Coalition (KPSC) Conference, entitled “Response to Christian Zionism”. The program has been thoughtfully designed to help us understand and answer questions such as, What is Zionism? What is Christian Zionism? Is Christian Zionism taught in the New Testament by Jesus or his disciples? How can I and my church respond to Christian Zionism?

We also encourage members of the Friends of Sabeel of North America (FOSNA) and others committed to fostering justice and peace for the peoples of the Holy Land to gather following the conference from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for a wine and cheese reception at the same location to hear from FOSNA founders and staff, including Rev. Dick Toll and Rev. Don Wagner.

We encourage all supported to attend the conference itself and then to stay on for a rare opportunity to meet with elders who helped create FOSNA and key staff who are leading us into the next phase of the crucial work of bringing true justice and peace to Palestine and Israel.

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Abraham’s Land – A song sampling and discussion

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Please join our brothers and sisters for a song performance of a musical theater work in progress that explores the human cost of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Location: Taproot Theatre – Isaac Studio, 212 N. 85th St., Seattle, 98103.
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Tickets: Free – donations accepted
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Abraham’s Land is a full‑length musical drama set against the backdrop of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Israeli Sergeant Yitzhak prides himself on righteous conduct and admonishes the soldiers in his unit when they do not abide by the highest moral standards. But when a Palestinian street demonstration in East Jerusalem appears menacing, Yitzhak fatally shoots the provocateur, Ismail, only to realize too late, that his victim was unarmed. Yitzhak is haunted by the ghost of Ismail, and resolves to make amends by personally returning Ismail’s identity card to his family in Gaza to ask for forgiveness.

Originally created in the 1992 by the Jewish-Arab artistic team of Lauren Goldman Marshall, Hanna Eady & David Nafissian, and further developed in 1999 with Israeli and Palestinian teens at Seeds of Peace International Camp, this new incarnation features a substantially revised script and a dynamic new score by Pulitzer-nominated composer Roger Ames, who will be in residence for this workshop. Earlier versions of the work have been workshopped at Village Theatre in Issaquah, 1994 & 1995, and Nautilus Musical Theatre, in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, 1996 & 2017.

Book and lyrics by Lauren Goldman Marshall
Music and orchestrations by Roger Ames
With additional book material by Hanna Eady
And additional music by David Nafissian and Joan Szymko

Adapted from an earlier version by Lauren Goldman Marshall, Hanna Eady and David Nafissian

Music Direction by Chris DiStefano

Featuring: Mark Abel, Andi Alhadeff, Jeremy Berdin, Nick Bernard, Slade Burgess, Christin Byrdsong, Sammie Gorhman, Karen Hartman, Terrence Kelly, D’vorah Kost, Julie Olsen, Meg Savlov, Fune Tautula & Rocky Vega, with Ruby Harmon, Maggie McGough, and Tatum Poirrier as children.

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Book Reading: Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation

Please join Seattle writer and activist Alice Rothchild, along with Portland activist Ned Rosch who will read from their contributions to a new anthology edited by Carolyn L. Karcher, Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation.
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Elliot Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 
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Tickets: Free
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Seattle writer and activist Alice Rothchild, along with Portland activist Ned Rosch read from their contributions to a new anthology edited by Carolyn L. Karcher, Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation (Interlink), along with helping discuss the premise of the book itself.

“These powerful stories send a message about the resilience and passion of a courageous group of Jews who have come to the realization that the state of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians does not live up to the ethical standards Jewish tradition demands. Taken together, their words challenge the idea that Judaism and Zionism are inseparable. Their commitment to live a Jewish life without Zionism bodes well for the future of Judaism.” — Rebecca T. Alpert.

Alice Rothchild is the author of the books, Broken Promises, Broken Dreams, On the Brink, and Condition Critical. Ned Rosch is co-founder of Jewish Voices for Peace in Portland.

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Film Screening: Make Hummus not Walls

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Please join our brothers and sisters from Blessed are the Peacemakers for a film screening:

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: The Summit
420 E Pike St, Seattle, WA
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Tickets: Free, RSVP recommended
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An emotional, but factually driven documentary of personal stories amid conflict, in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Witness rubber bullets, passion, angry protesters, but mostly courageous people longing for peace. Hear three women–a Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim, speak of meeting their “other” in the craziest of times and finding their humanity in loving each other. This story will spark hope in the possibility of peace based on genuine friendships across normal barriers when we need it most.

Special guests for this Screening:
Two special guests, a Palestinian, and Israeli will share their reactions to this movie and perspectives about the current conflict, in conversation with one of the women featured in the movie. One is Moroccan-born, former tank commander, the other Arab-Palestinian. Both are experienced mediators and educators working to bring Muslims, Jews, and Christians together to build trust and full equality between Israelis & Palestinians.

Save the Date: Seattle Arab Festival

Please join our brothers and sisters for the largest gathering of Arabs in the Pacific Northwest.
Date: August 10-11, 2019
Time: TBD
Location: Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion
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Tickets: Free
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The Seattle Arab Festival offers Arab music, art, poetry, storytelling, theater, singing and foods for all attendees set in a big tent “souk”.  Also featured are exhibits from many Arab countries, and booths by individuals and various groups.  Enjoy the many activities created for the children such as henna fingers and painted faces.  Join hands at the Hafleh and dance the night away.

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Event: Un-Apologetically US: Building Muslim power for 2020 & beyond

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Please join our brothers and sisters from Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) – WA for a Ramadan fundraiser and evening of conversation, inspiration and strategizing with Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN), Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (PA) and local leaders Dr. Anisa Ibrahim and Ed Masih Fouladi.
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue WA
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Tickets: $30.00
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The coming year will be pivotal for our community and for the nation as a whole. There are many challenges from violent Islamophobia to xenophobic policies, but there’s also hope. American Muslims have seen political representation like never before, including the election of Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American and one of two American Muslim women elected to Congress. Born in Somalia, Ilhan and her family fled the country’s civil war for the United States when she was 8 years old. Ilhan’s interest in politics began at the age of 14 when she was as an interpreter for her grandfather at local DFL caucuses. Through her advocacy work, she’s advanced important issues, including support for working families, access to education, environmental protection, and racial equity.

Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell is the first Muslim woman in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. An activist whose life has been impacted by gun violence, Johnson-Harrell became the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature earlier this year.

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End the Nakba: 71 years of Palestinian dispossession 1948-2019

Please join our brothers and sisters from Voices for Palestine and Palestine Solidarity Committee to remember the Nakba (Arabic for “catastrophe”) of 1948, when Zionists forces destroyed over 400 villages and drove over 700,000 Palestinians out of historic Palestine to create what is now called Israel.
Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Westlake Park
4th & Pine Street
Seattle
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Tickets: Free
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The ongoing Nakba of ethnic cleansing and apartheid still continues as Palestinians are attacked, besieged, and driven out of their homes by the Israeli military, and as the Great March of Return continues and Israel shoots down unarmed Palestinian protestors.

This year’s Nakba remembrance will include the call to Boycott of Israel on the arches at Westlake Park, and we will reach out to commuters during Friday rush hour. We will also evoke the ongoing Palestine refugee experience with PALESTINE: STOLEN HOMELAND, a display of more than 100 white tents inscribed with the names of over 400 of the destroyed villages from 1948 Palestine.

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Event: Save Uyghur Muslims (Tomorrow)

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Please join our brothers and sisters at American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN) for this compelling with their special guest, international activist Aydin Anwar.
Date: Friday, Apr 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound
17550 NE 67th Ct
Redmond, WA 98052
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Tickets: Free, but registration encouraged
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Do you know what is happening to our Muslim sisters and brothers in occupied East Turkestan? Join us to learn about the gross human rights violations by Chinese officials against the country’s Uyghur (Turkic Muslim) population, including the mass internment of over one million persons. You will also learn ways you can help.

We are honored to host Special Guest Aydin Anwar, a Uyghur-American activist and leading international voice on this issue, along with other impacted Uyghur community members. Continue reading “Event: Save Uyghur Muslims (Tomorrow)”

Event: Save Uyghur Muslims (Friday)

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Please join our brothers and sisters at American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN) for this compelling event with their special guest, international activist Aydin Anwar.
Date: Friday, Apr 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound
17550 NE 67th Ct
Redmond, WA 98052
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: Free, but registration encouraged
Event Details

Do you know what is happening to our Muslim sisters and brothers in occupied East Turkestan? Join us to learn about the gross human rights violations by Chinese officials against the country’s Uyghur (Turkic Muslim) population, including the mass internment of over one million persons. You will also learn ways you can help.

We are honored to host Special Guest Aydin Anwar, a Uyghur-American activist and leading international voice on this issue, along with other impacted Uyghur community members. Continue reading “Event: Save Uyghur Muslims (Friday)”