Sabeel Kairos Conference 2020 | You cannot serve God and the occupation

Welcome to the landing page for our 2020 Sabeel-Kairos Conference. Here you can find out all about our conference, speakers, venue and how to book your place for the day.

We are delighted to confirm details for our yearly conference, which will be held this year on Saturday 19th September at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX. Tickets cost £33.00 per person (including lunch) with *concessions at £25.00 for unemployed or students

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting some fantastic speakers this year. Yousef Khoury (Academic at Bethlehem Bible College and originally from Gaza) will join us along with Robert Cohen (Jewish activist, blogger and Palestinian Advocate). We will also host workshops with Rev Dr Munther Isaac, Rev Brian Brown, William Bell and Charlotte Marshall. You can read more about our speakers below.

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

Online Booking for our 2020 Conference is now open! We recommend that you book your place as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

You can book online by simply filing in the online form below. You can make your payment online by visiting our donate page.

Please note, you will be able to attend 2 workshops during the afternoon, but numbers are limited due to the room sizes. Please indicate your order of preference below and we will try our best to accommodate your choice. If you are booking for more than one person, and your workshop choices are different, please email us with the details at

Please note you must be a paying member for the year 2019-2020 to vote

Theology and the Land (Munther Isaac via video link)

Israel and Apartheid (Rev Brian Brown)

Gaza (Yousef Khoury)

Current Political Analysis and our response (William Bell and Charlotte Marshall)

Alternatively, you can print your Booking Form and return to the office: Sabeel-Kairos (Conference Booking), Office Above Age Uk, 60 The Parade, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 5BF … please send complete with your cheque made out to ‘Friends of Sabeel UK’

Additional information


For information about travel to and from the venue please follow this link:


The nearest hotels are:

Travelodge Birmingham Central Moor Street

Premier Inn: Birmingham City Centre New St Station or Waterloo St (there are two)

Britannia Hotel Birmingham

About our speakers:

Yousef Khoury

Yousef is a Palestinian theologian and an academic at Bethlehem Bible
College. Yousef is originally from Gaza.


Robert Cohen

Robert Cohen is a forthright blogger and one of the leading dissident Jewish voices on Israel-Palestine in Britain. Robert takes a firmly Jewish but non-Zionist position on the conflict. Robert writes a monthly blog for Patheos under the title ‘Writing from the Edge’ and his work is regularly featured by Jews for Justice for Palestinians in the UK and at Mondoweiss in the United States. Robert spent ten years as a reporter and producer for BBC news and is now part of the corporate communications team for the Co-op. He was recently appointed a trustee for Amos Trust and acts as an adviser to Sabeel-Kairos UK.


Rev Dr Munther Isaac

Munther was born in Beit Sahour, Palestine. He is married with two children. Munther is an ordained minister of the Lutheran Church and serves as an Assistant Pastor at Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church Bethlehem. Munther is a speaker on Palestinian theology and the theology of the land, active with Kairos Palestine, and Blogger.


Rev Brian Brown

Brian Brown is is a Methodist minister and came to England as a refugee from apartheid South Africa in 1978 following the regime’s imposition of a banning order. He became Africa Secretary for the British Council of Churches for all of the 1980s before taking up a teaching position at Kingsmead College in Birmingham which prepared people for working overseas. This was followed by a lengthy period in the Methodist World Church Office in London with responsibility for African affairs. He acted as a consultant to Kairos South Africa when they produced their document, that subsequently became a model for Kairos Palestine.


William Bell

William Bell has worked with Christian Aid for twenty years and is responsible for developing the charity’s advocacy and policy on Israel and the Palestinians. He is a frequent visitor to the region and has written numerous reports and briefings on the situation for Palestinians, especially the refugee population. He studied Middle Eastern politics and history at SOAS and Peace Studies at Bradford University.


Charlotte Marshall

Charlotte has worked as Advocacy Officer for Sabeel-Kairos for the last 3 years, and prior to the merger with Friends of Sabeel UK was the advocacy worker for Kairos Britain from 2014-17. She has a masters degree in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Birmingham and worked for Christian Aid for 10 years prior to joining Kairos in various roles including emergency programme officer for Gaza and Middle East Communications Officer. She has travelled extensively in the Middle East region and considers Bethlehem her second home. Charlotte is married with two children.

Sabeel-Kairos is the operating name of Friends of Sabeel UK (FOSUK) Ltd, Charity number 1116817, Company Number 5595112

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