Resources for Christmas and Advent focussed on Palestine and Israel
Please see here for Advent and Christmas resources from the UK and Palestine
The 2017 World Week for Peace will be held between 17 – 24 September
The theme is ‘Voices of the young…visions for the future’
Resources and actions for Lent
Sabeel-Kairos 2019 Conference: Faith into Action
We are delighted to confirm details for our yearly conference, which will be held this Saturday 29th June at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX.
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting four fantastic key speakers. Rifat Kassis, from Kairos Palestine, David Cronin, author and blogger on Israel/Palestine, and Professor Adam Sutcliffe, from Independent Jewish Voices. You can read more about the speakers below.
We will also be hearing about Sabeel-Kairos’s Investing for Peace campaign alongside campaign partner War on Want, and engaging in a panel debate and plenty of discussion! There will be chance to buy Palestinian crafts and food, view exhibitions and information stalls, and meet like-minded supporters from across the UK.
Booking onto the conference
Booking is now closed for our 2019 Conference. If you didn’t manage to book in time then we hope to see you in 2020!
For information about travel to and from the venue please follow this link: https://carrslane.co.uk/contact-church/
About our speakers:
Rifat is the Director of Kairos Palestine and one of it’s founding members. Born in Beit Sahour, Rifat has long been active in the Palestinian struggle on a number of non-violent fronts, not least on the national and international rights-based advocacy scene. He was arrested several times by Israel for his human rights and community work. Throughout his career, he has been advocating and actively campaigning for the effective application of international human rights and humanitarian law in Palestine, through various professional and voluntary positions.
David is an Irish journalist and political activist living in Brussels. He is associate editor of The Electronic Intifada, and has written for a variety of publications, including including the Guardian and Wall Street Journal Europe. His books include Balfour’s Shadow: A Century of British Support for Zionism and Israel published in 2017 and Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation published in 2010.
Prof Adam Sutcliffe
Adam Sutcliffe is Professor of European History at Kings College London and has an extensive academic record. He is particularly interested in the place of Judaism and Jewish themes in Western thought, on which he has published widely. Adam has frequently been involved in public engagement and expert media commentary, including radio and television interviews, on issues relating to Jewish history, perceptions of Jews and Judaism, minority communities and migration histories in Britain, and approaches to antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other prejudices.
Ryvka works as Senior Campaigns Officer (Militarism and Security) for War on Want, and campaigns against human rights abuses associated with the growing power of the military and security industry, with a special focus on the UK-Israel arms trade. She writes frequently on the topic in IndyVoices, Middle East Eye and has appeared on the BBC and other broadcast channels discussing these issues. Ryvka has a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from New York University where she specialised in the politics of tourism development in the occupied West Bank.
Reflections from Hind Khoury, Sabeel-Kairos Palestine, on the World Week for Peace
Dismantle ‘Dividing walls’: The Struggle for Justice and Peace in Palestine Continues
Hind Khoury, Sabeel-Kairos Palestine
15 September 2016
Please email us to tell us about your events during the World Week for Peace. We can advertise these for you here, and on partners’ websites.
Newcastle, Saturday 17 September, 10:30am to 4:30pm
Quaker Meeting House, West Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 4ES
Keynote speaker: Zoughbi Zouhbi, Director, Wi’am, the Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre, Bethlehem
Workshops • Exhibition • Refreshments • Worship Admission FREE
Wolverhampton, Monday 19 September, 7:30pm
Springdale Methodist Church, Warstones Road, Wolverhampton,WV4 4LE.
Zoughbi Zoughbi, founder and director of Wi’am, the Palestine Conflict Management Centre in Bethlehem, will be speaking.
Crowthorne, Berkshire, Tuesday 20th September, 7.30-9.30pm
Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Waterloo Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7NT.
Stories from the Holy Land through words, pictures, drama and music. More details available nearer the time on the Crowthorne Parish Church website
Roby Mill, Skelmersdale, Thursday 22nd September, 10.30am-3.30pm
The Farmhouse, School Lane, Roby Mill, Skelmersdale, WN8 0QT
Using prayer stations, film, art and worship resources from the land called ‘Holy’ we will reflect prayerfully on this year’s World Week for Peace theme and join people of faith around the world seeking peace and justice for both Israelis and Palestinians.
Full details of the event here: 2016_WWPI_Roby_Mill_final
Israel/Palestine – Where’s the Hope? – 22nd September – Salisbury
Speaker: Jeremy Moodey, Chief Executive – Embrace the Middle East. Palestinian goods for sale. Free entry, retiring collection. An event for the World Council of Churches sponsored World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.
There plenty of resources for the World Week for Peace this year!
The UK working group for the WWPPI have produced the following:
- 2016 WWPPI promotional postcard – download or order copies (see below)
- Prayer by Jan Sutch Pickard
- Write to your MP with our Campaign postcard – download or order copies
- Or you can sign the online petition to Boris Johnson
- Fact sheets: Demolitions, Violence, Gaza, and the Cremisan Valley. Download for free.
- Power point presentation with Palestinian case studies and more. Download for free.
In addition, the Iona Community have also produced a wonderful resource for the week ‘Seven Days: Stories and Reflections for the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel’
You can download the PDF for £3.20 from Wild Goose Publications.
Also, from the World Council of Churches and PIEF there are also a range of resources from Palestine for the week including:
To order either the promotional postcard or the campaign postcard please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
The resources are free, but we ask you to cover the postage costs if possible.
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations around the world to join together in 2016 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness.
The theme of the week in 2016, to be observed during 18-24 September, is: “God has broken down the dividing walls”
In social media, please use the hashtag #DismantlingBarriers to talk about this year’s World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.
How to get involved
Already, planning has begun for the World Week for Peace 2016, during which participants will organize and join in events and activities around the following three principles:
1. Praying with churches living under occupation, using a special prayer from Jerusalem and other worship resources prepared for the week.
2. Educating about actions that make for peace, and about facts on the ground that do not create peace, especially issues related to the wall.
3. Advocating with political leaders using ecumenical policies that promote peace with justice.
This annual observance of a week of prayer, education, and advocacy calls participants to work for an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine, so that Palestinians and Israelis can finally live in peace. It has been 68 years since the creation of the State of Israel. This has not led to the creation of an independent Palestinian state but has only deepened the tragedy of the Palestinian people. It is now 49 years since the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza overwhelmed the peaceful vision of one land, two peoples.
Yet the dream of one nation cannot be fulfilled at the expense of another.
The action week’s message is that now:
- It’s time for Palestinians and Israelis to share a just peace.
- It’s time for freedom from occupation.
- It’s time for equal rights.
- It’s time for the healing of wounded souls.