Past Programs - 2014-15

► BDS and the Presbyterian Church (USA)

A Ten Year Journey towards Justice in Palestine and Israel
What can other denominations learn from their experience?
Sunday, May 3, 2015

 

Kelly Baker was first introduced to the conflict in the Holy Land when she was invited to help organize a fact finding mission for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF).  Since 2007, Kelly has traveled in and out of the region 4 times, living Beit Sahour for 2 months during the summer of 2011, 6 months in 2012, and one month in 2014. 

Kelly is a graduate from the Iliff School of Theology where she focused her studies on US Christian involvement in the Israel-Palestine Conflict. In 2012, Kelly participated in the creation of Kairos USA, A Word of Confession and Faith from Christians in the United States, a US Christian response to the Kairos Palestine document. She has served as a delegation leader with the PPF to Palestinians and Israel twice, introducing Presbyterians to the situation. Currently, Kelly is an organizer with Coloradans for Justice in Palestine, a local grassroots organization that advocates for the liberation of Palestine. 

Kelly is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a member of the Israel Palestine Mission Network as well as the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. She will be speaking with us about the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s journey towards divestment and the lesson mainline protestant churches can learn from the steps taken by the PC(USA). 

► Zionism Through Christian Lenses

and how members and friends of a local Sabeel group produced a book
with Monica Burnett
Sunday, April 12, 2015

At a Sabeel conference in 2010, a rousing speech by Palestinian Anglican priest Naim Ateek (Sabeel's founder) inspired Monica Burnett to recruit members and friends of Sabeel DC Metro to contribute essays for a book. The purpose of the book, Zionism through Christian Lenses, is to show that Zionism and Christian Zionism are incompatible with mainstream Christianity. The authors of these essays represent five Christian denominations and a variety of personal backgrounds. Monica will speak not only about the content of the book, but also about the process of organizing activists to work toward a just peace through publishing—a process that other local Sabeel groups can also utilize.

A member of the Leadership Council of Sabeel DC Metro (Washington, DC), she has been involved with Holy Land activism since 2007, when she traveled to Palestine and Israel with the Colorado Sabeel group, led by Arnie Voigt and Joy Lapp. Since then she has taken that trip two more times. Monica is the editor of the Fathers of the Church series, published by the Catholic University of America Press. 

Read more about Zionism Through Christian Lenses.

► Is Opposing Israel's Policies Anti-Semitic?with Penny Rosenwasser

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Penny addresses the question, “Is Opposing Israel’s Policies Anti-Semitic?”—and speaks about her new book, Hope into Practice, Jewish women choosing justice despite our fears, a book anchored in Jewish ethical tradition, community-building and an activist's call to repair the world, linking personal healing with activism for justice. It includes a fair-minded perspective on Israel-Palestine.Penny is a founding Board member of Jewish Voice for Peace, teaches an anti-Arabism/anti-Semitism class at the City College of San Francisco, and is a member of Kehilla Synagogue in Oakland CA. http://pennyrosenwasser.com  

► Reflections from Recent Visitors to Palestine and Israel

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lynn Huber will speak about her recent experience on a delegation to Palestine/Israel with the Compassionate Listening Project, her experience of the spiritual and interpersonal aspects of Compassionate Listening. 

Theo Horesh is the co-founder of a new organization, The One-Step Peace Solution, which would begin a process of unravelling the occupation through the passage of a U.N. resolution mandating fair and equal courts in the areas under Israeli control. The resolution would be harder to veto than other resolutions because it would draw on the American Creed of equal rights for all and it would be merely a first step, dealing with the worst abuses so as to ease tensions before moving on to a more complete resolution.

► Palestine and the Israeli Occupation, a Healing-focused Perspective

Sunday, January 11, 2015

“When a war ends it does not go away,” my mother says.“It hides inside us . . . Just forget!” But I do not want to do what Mother says . . . I want to remember. 
                                                                                –Tasting the Sky, A Palestinian Childhood

In her ground-breaking memoir set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat captures what it is like to be a child growing up in a community shattered by war. Born in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, Barakat grew up in Ramallah, Palestine, and came to the US for an internship at The Nation magazine in New York City. As a writer, poet, translator, artist and educator, her work centers on healing social injustices, especially in the lives of young people. 

Ibtisam Barakat – Palestinian poet and author of Tasting the Sky – a Palestinan Chilldhoodhttp://us.macmillan.com/tastingthesky/ibtisambarakat

► Arts and Identity, with Betsey Coleman

Betsey Coleman traveled all over Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of a Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program for four months in the spring of 2012. There, she explored how arts improve learning, foster community projects, and enhance economic development.

The result was a website: Arts and Identity, which makes an enormous variety of innovative resources--film, photographs and text--available for students, teachers, and anyone interested in experiencing and interacting with Israeli and Palestinian culture in new and very engaging ways. Whether talking to graffiti artists in South Tel Aviv, video artists in Haifa, parkour boys in Qalqilya or circus performers in Nablus, Coleman’s portraits of people engaged in expressing their diverse identities through the arts promote greater cross-cultural understanding crucial for helping to dispel stereotypes.

In her presentation, she will describe the Palestinian and Israeli artists she met who shared candid and vivid stories about ever-changing cultural worlds, evolving identities and common dreams of peace, normalcy, and prosperity. This is a revealing journey, which explores a facet of Palestinian and Israeli identity rarely treated in mainstream media.

Betsey Coleman teaches Language Arts and is the Coordinator of the Curious Theatre Playwriting Institute at Colorado Academy in Denver where she is also Master Teacher. She has a BA from Pitzer College and an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. Betsey has been awarded scholarships from the English Speaking Union, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Facing History and Ourselves, The American Turkish Society,and the Fulbright Program. She has received the Vinnik Fellowship for Advanced Study in Israel from The University of Denver twice (2013 and 2014) As a Fulbright grantee for the Distinguished Award in Teaching, Betsey studied at Hebrew University and completed an action research project: “Teaching Palestinian and Israeli Identity through the Arts” in Israel and Palestine for four months in 2012. Betsey serves on the board of the Middle East Outreach Council.

Betsey Coleman teaches Language Arts and is the Coordinator of the Curious Theatre Playwriting Institute at Colorado Academy in Denver where she is also Master Teacher. She has a BA from Pitzer College and an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. Betsey has been awarded scholarships from the English Speaking Union, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Facing History and Ourselves, The American Turkish Society,and the Fulbright Program. She has received the Vinnik Fellowship for Advanced Study in Israel from The University of Denver twice (2013 and 2014) As a Fulbright grantee for the Distinguished Award in Teaching, Betsey studied at Hebrew University and completed an action research project: “Teaching Palestinian and Israeli Identity through the Arts” in Israel and Palestine for four months in 2012. Betsey serves on the board of the Middle East Outreach Council.

► Shattered Hopes, with Josh Ruebner

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Josh Ruebner is Policy Director for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and author of a book, Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace, which is being newly released in paperback this fall. The paperback contains new material to include Secrtry of State John Kerry's recent failed round of negotiations. Josh's presentation addresses how the US supports Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people, why this policy must change, and how people can organize campaigns for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). A lecture he gave in Wisconsin was deemed "so concise, straightforward, intelligent and substantiated that even the Zionists didn’t know what to say.” Read more.

► Voices from the Ground

 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A panel of volunteers from Colorado's Front Range, telling about their experiences in the West Bank this summer. Jimi Hummer (Colorado Springs) was an intern with the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron, when Israel's attack on Gaza began. Essrea Cherin works with the Boulder-Nablus sister city project. Barbara Hanst volunteered with the Boulder-Nablus project this summer.

► Breakthrough: Transforming Fear into Compassion

Sept 14

A new perspective on the Israel-Palestinian Conflict. Richard Forer, author of Breakthrough: Transforming Fear into Compassion—A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict, is a former member of AIPAC, with Orthodox relatives living in Israel.

He became involved in the Israel-Palestine problem when his core identity as a Jew was mysteriously transformed into a common humanity with all people, along with the realization that we are all Muslim, Christian and Jewish, Palestinian and Israeli. Forer will share his spiritual journey, his insights into the psycho-spiritual roots of suffering, and his deep research into the history of Israel-Palestine.