Sabeel Conference

I’m out of town this weekend down in Atlanta. I’m going down to a conference called In Word and Deed: Working for a Just Peace in Palestine-Israel, A Conference for Peacemakers. This conference is put on by FOSNA (Friends of Sabeel North America), which is kind of the North American branch of Sabeel. Sabeel describes itself on its website, and here is a basic introduction to the organization based in Jerusalem:

Sabeel is an ecumenical grassroots liberation movement among Palestinian Christians. It’s an ecumenical center for Palestinian Liberation Theology which seeks to make the Gospel contextually relevant. In Arabic Sabeel means ‘The Way’ and also a ‘Spring of Water’. Sabeel strives to develop a spirituality based on justice, peace, nonviolence, liberation and reconciliation for the different national and faith communities. Sabeel also works to promote a more accurate international awareness regarding the identity, presence, and witness of Palestinian Christians.

I’m really looking forward to going and making some contacts for my time in Israel-Palestine this summer. The founder of Sabeel will be there, and it’ll be good to met him and learn more about the ministry and peace-making programs they have going on over there. Plans are underway and I’ll be blogging more about it as I come to find more out.


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    I spent some time with Naim Ateek, founder of Sabeel. He is a graduate (DMin)from SFTS. His is a very passionate and loving Episcopal priest. My wife was his liason during his last visit to SF. You will really like this man. Have you read his book “Justic and only Justice”? heavy stuff.

    Best wishes,

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    Have a wonderful time – Naim is a great guy and a wonderful peaceful advocate for his people and his faith. My local Church supports Sabeel UK financially developing a real understanding in the UK of the plight of the Palestinians – the need for a just solution in Israel/Palestine – and that there Palestinian Christians. Until recently very few Brits really understood what had happened in Palestine despite Britian being directly responsible for the situation.

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    The conference finished today, and it went really well. I’ll definitely be posting some stuff soon about it. I got a chance to finally connect today with Naim Ateek, and we talked about some options for my time with SABEEL this summer in Jerusalem. There is a program called Travel and Encounter, with the Middle East Fellowship (Holy Land Trust — Google it) where I can go for 1 month and live with a Palestinian family, learn Arabic and work with an organization all while I’m there. It looks pretty fascinating and I’m going to be looking into that soon. That would be pretty great. To spend a week at Father Elias Chacour’s school, a month doing this organization, and another week or two with SABEEL and traveling around the area. I’m starting to really excited about this upcoming summer…more details and information about the conference later…

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