Prayer and theology
Introduction to the Sabeel-Kairos Theology Group
The Sabeel-Kairos theology group was formed several years ago to address the many theological issues and challenges facing the Church worldwide when it comes to their engagement on Israel/Palestine, and to encourage Churches to fulfil their Gospel mandate, and stand in solidarity with those facing oppression and discrimination in Palestine and Israel.
The group encompasses people from all denominations, and welcomes new members that share the goals of peace, justice, and equal rights for all those that live in the Holy Land.
Prior to Covid, the group met twice a year in person, for one-day conferences when speakers were invited to present papers for discussion and debate. During 2019-2021 these meetings took place on-line, but we were delighted that in March 2022 the group met in person once more, for a 3-day residential at Gladstone Library in Chester.
During this time they heard from many renowned speakers on the subject of Israel/Palestine, and looked specifically at the Palestinian Cry for Hope, and how we can bring this to the attention of the UK Churches, and the World Council of Churches at their Assembly in Aug/Sep 2022.
As a result, this statement was released by the group, and endorsed by the Sabeel-Kairos Board of Trustees to be used as an advocacy tool: A Response to ‘Cry for Hope’: A Call to the Churches and the WCC Assembly 2022 | Sabeel-Kairos
The Theology Group is led by Revd Brian Brown, an influential anti-apartheid campaigner, author, and retired minister in the Methodist Church. You can find out more about Brian, including a look at his latest book, here: “Apartheid South Africa! Apartheid Israel?” by Brian J Brown (apartheid-southafrica-israel.com)
A Response to ‘Cry for Hope’: A Call to the Churches and the WCC Assembly 2022
Read and share our statement and call to the WCC Assembly in 2022 regarding the Palestinian Cry for Hope, in partnership with the Sabeel-Kairos Theology Group. (more…)
New resource: A briefing paper on Christian Zionism
We are pleased to offer our members, supporters and churches a new briefing guide, produced by several of our theology experts, on Christian Zionism. (more…)
Preach Palestine! Sunday 28th November
Ours colleagues at Friends of Sabeel North America are calling on Christian leaders to commit their congregations to Preach Palestine on November 28th, 2021. (more…)
Liberating Theology, Resisting Empire
Global Sabeel online gathering on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – 29th November. (more…)
Kairos Palestine Christmas Alert 2021
Kairos Palestine is pleased to announce the Christmas Alert 2021!
This year the Christmas Alert includes Human Stories from Palestinians in all areas of Palestine; West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, the 1948 occupied Palestinian cities and the Diaspora. Each story gives a glimpse on Palestinians’ life inside and outside Palestine and highlights the unity in struggle, resistance and hope among Palestinians.
You can read and download the English version here: Kairos Palestine Christmas Alert 2021
Available now: six new liberation theology booklets produced by Rev. Naim Ateek
Rev Naim Ateek – the father of Palestinian Liberation Theology has written a series of 6 new theology booklets. (more…)
Kairos Palestine Easter Alert
We are pleased to offer you the 2021 Kairos Palestine Easter Alert, focused on Jerusalem this year. (more…)
World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel
The World Council of Churches invites you to join them in praying and acting for peace in Palestine and Israel from the 13-21 September. The theme is ‘Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility‘ and links to the resources can be found below. (more…)
Reflections during lockdown
During lockdown two of our trustees have shared reflections and poems that have helped them keep perspective during this challenging time. We hope you find them as inspiring as we did! (more…)
Kairos Palestine Easter Alert 2020
Kairos Palestine have released their 2020 Easter Alert. This years alert comes from Bethlehem in lockdown. In this alert we hear of the deteriorating situation in Palestine this Easter. It is hoped that this alert will encourage Parishes, lay-persons and clergy all around the world to remember this season that marks the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lenten Reflections 2020
The Lenten season is traditionally a time of prayer and expectation. At this time of year Christians in Palestine and around the world keep a forty-day period of fasting and prayer for Lent leading up to Holy Week and Easter. We too encourage you to take some time to reflect and to pray for our brothers and sisters in Palestine during this period. We think in particular of those in Gaza who will not be allowed permits to visit loved ones this Easter. (more…)
Sabeel Theology Centre Presentation
An overview of the work of Sabeel Jerusalem, including an introduction to liberation theology.(more…)
Kairos Palestine Easter Alert
Kairos Palestine is pleased to announce the Easter Alert 2019. http://kairospalestine.ps/images/Kairos_Palestine_Easter_Alert_2019.pdf(more…)
The formation of a Theological Network has been agreed by the Board of Sabeel-Kairos.
Restoring the Kingdom: Mark Braverman’s sermon
During a recent conference week on Iona, Mark Braverman from Kairos USA delivered a wonderful sermon on restoring the Kingdom. He has shared that with us, and it is available for you to download below.
Iona Community issues new position statement on Israel/Palestine
The Iona Community has published a Position Statement on Israel/Palestine this month, December 2016. This is a response to the call of Palestinian Christians in the Kairos Palestine document of 2009, and is timed to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. (more…)
UPDATED: Study Resource for Christian Groups based on the Kairos Palestine Movement
Sabeel-Kairos member and academic Karen Fairfax-Chomeley has written an excellent study pack for Christian Groups based on the Kairos Palestine movement and call from Palestinian Christians to respond to the situation of injustice they face. (more…)
Kairos Palestine Easter Alert 2016
Kairos Palestine publication: Life with Dignity
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed, perplexed, but not despairing” (2 Cor. 4:8)
Kairos Palestine has published the conference proceedings of the “Life with Dignity” conference which was held in Bethlehem in December 2014 and was jointly organized by Kairos Palestine, Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum and the Alternative Tourism Group. (more…)
Litany for Peace
A Lamentation for Gaza
By Rabbi Brant Rosen (1st August 2014)
Gaza weeps alone.
Bombs falling without end
her cheeks wet with tears.
A widow abandoned imprisoned on all sides
with none willing to save her.
We who once knew oppression
have become the oppressors.
Those who have been pursued
are now the pursuers.
We have uprooted families from their homes,
we have driven them deep
into this desolate place,
this narrow strip of exile.
All along the roads there is mourning.
The teeming marketplaces
have been bombed into emptiness.
The only sounds we hear
are cries of pain
sirens blaring, drones buzzing
bitterness echoing into the black vacuum
of homes destroyed
and dreams denied.
We have become Gaza’s master
with the mere touch of a button
for her transgression of resistance.
Her children are born into captivity
they know us only as occupiers
enemies to be feared and hated.
We have lost all
that once was precious to us.
This fatal attachment to our own might
has become our downfall.
This idolatrous veneration of the land
has sent us wandering into
a wilderness of our own making.
We have robbed Gaza of
her deepest dignity
plunged her into sorrow and darkness.
Her people crowd into refugee camps held captive by fences and buffer zones
gunboats, mortar rounds
and Apache missiles.
We sing of Jerusalem,
to “a free people in their own land”
but our song has become a mockery.
How can we sing a song of freedom
imprisoned inside behind walls we have built
with our own fear and dread?
Here we sit clinging to our illusions
of comfort and security
while we unleash hell on earth
on the other side of the border.
We sit on hillsides and cheer
as our explosions light up the sky
while far below, whole neighborhoods
are reduced to rubble.
For these things I weep:
for the toxic fear we have unleashed
from the dark place of our hearts
for the endless grief
we are inflicting
on the people of Gaza.
Regular Prayer events
Wi’am, the Palestinian Conflict Resolution centre invites you to pray with them each month, whether in person (at Wi’am’s centre in Bethlehem) or wherever you are around the world.
This month they will be praying for peace and justice, and to shine a light of hope amidst the shadow of occupation.
Sabeel: Each Thursday at noon in Jerusalem, Sabeel holds a Communion service that is open to the community. It is a time to join together to discuss how the scriptures apply to our lives today, to pray for the needs of this region and our world and to share the Eucharist. Starting in the Pacific Islands, passing through Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, the Americas and on around the globe, we pray for peace with justice, and ask you to join us.
Four Bible Studies by Colin Chapman, to accompany Time for Action
We are delighted to promote this latest study by Colin Chapman, ‘Israel/Palestine, Using the Bible Today’
You can download a copy of this booklet here (as a PDF)