Our Encounter with the Justice Issues of Palestine
Estee Chandler, Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles Organizer
Taher Herzallah, National Campus Coordinator, American Muslims for Palestine
Sister Marcia Sims, Sisters of Social Service
Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith, Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer, Archdioceses of Los Angeles
A big part of our afternoon program will be our two workshop sessions -
visit to our Workshops page for details about these action-oriented presentations:
• Boycott & Divestment: Who, Why and Why Now?
• Responsible Tourism
• Christians Answering the Call of Kairos Palestine
(includes Divestment & Boycott, Education, Political Advocacy, Tourism)
• It's What We Do: Classes, Curricula, Educational Ideas and Resources
for Church Settings
• Two Jews, Three Opinions - The Multiplicity of Jewish Voices,
Perspectives and Advocacy Groups
• David vs. Goliath - The Art of Asymmetric Advocacy on Capitol Hill
The afternoon will close with a unique liturgy that echoes experiences in Palestine:
hospitality, grief, witness.
The detailed agenda for the day will be provided at the conference;
here are some 'sneak previews' of what your day will include:
We will have a live musical performance by The Falafel Project, the Lutheran Church in the Foothills' Youth Band. Continental breakfast fare will be available in the morning, and we plan to start the program promptly at 8:30 am.
The day will include large group sessions, small group discussion, and practical workshops. Opportunities will be offered for participants to study Kairos Palestine, begin planning congregational or interfaith educational programs, explore boycott and divestment as non-violent tools for advocacy, and discover growing political initiatives that advocate for U.S. policies on Palestine and Israel to uphold human rights for all and compliance with international law.
We will be hearing Muslim, Jewish, and Christian voices, and we will have the opportunity to listen to our brothers and sisters in Palestine speaking to us via videotape.
In the morning, we will survey history essential to understand the conflict, and look clearly and closely at the current situation, including: the Israeli occupation and the siege and blockade of Gaza, conditions within Israel and reasons for the failure of the peace process over the last 25 years.
We also will be introduced to Kairos theology which was born from the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. We will explore the Kairos Palestine document and the movement of Palestinian Christians that gave it to the world. And we will consider what the Kairos Palestine message means for each of us.
At midday, we will enjoy a light, delicious
Middle Eastern lunch that includes vegetarian options,
provided by Sipan Bakery in Glendale, CA.