Unless otherwise noted, the lectures are 
at Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E Alameda at Fairfax, Denver
 
All lectures are free and Open to the Public—Light Refreshments served

Lecture Series

Palestinian Refugees--the Factors of Permanent Refugee Status

with Suzann Moliner

Sunday, March 11, 3-5 pm
at Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E Alameda at Fairfax, Denver
Please use Fairfax entrance

There are currently 5.3 million Palestinian refugees registered with the UN. They have had refugee status for 70 years and are scattered in 58 refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza. How can this be? We will take an in-depth look at the realities on the ground and what life for permanent refugees is like in each host country. We will also discuss the factors that have kept these millions in permanent refugee status for over three generations. 

Suzann Mollner has over 19 years of cross-cultural experience serving the most vulnerable people around the world. She has spent over 14 years serving refugees in Palestinian refugee camps across the Middle East. She is a passionate advocate for Palestinian refugees and strives to offer reconciliation to all. 

Suzann is executive director of Beirut and Beyond, an organization dedicated to benefiting Palestinian refugee communities through relief, reconciliation, and relationship. 

Please go to www.beirutandbeyond.org for more information about their projects in the Middle East and events in the US. 

 

A Life Worth Living: the Story of a Palestinian Catholic

Amidst a sometimes confusing barrage of news about the Middle East, Dr. Bernard Sabella, a Palestinian Christian, offers an enlightening, often humorous, personal narrative accompanied by reflections on lessons learned from his life in a conflict zone. Displaced from his home in infancy with his refugee family and educated in Jerusalem's Old City before pursuing university studies in the US, he blossomed into a committed educator, scholar, member of the Palestinian Parliament, and director of a church aid agency. 

Dr. Sabella is an elected legislator representing Jerusalem, a delegate from Palestine to the Council of Europe, the executive secretary of the Dept. of Service to Palestinian Refugees of the

Middle East Council of Churches, and a retired professor of sociology from Bethlehem University. He has written a thought-provoking memoir that preserves his memory of the immediate aftermath of the Nakba and that colorfully describes Palestinian culture of the 1950s and 1960s -- that also reflects on the future of Palestine.
 
Throughout his life Dr. Sabella has never lost his focus on the goal of promoting peace through understanding, and he has never been diverted from his path of absolute nonviolence. A Life Worth Living speaks with a voice worth listening to, alternately anecdotal and analytical, touching our hearts while pondering the past, present, and future of the Holy Land.