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Israel-Palestine Webinars

Confronting Christian Zionism – Episode 2

The second webinar in this series will focus on nationalism and Christian Zionism and explore reasons for heightened nationalism around the globe.  The discussion will recognize the chasm in church theology and ask: Are we a church that cares about the poor and oppressed, or are we an “empire” church? How have Christian Zionist ideologies led to giving Zionism — a political ideology — a pass by mainline churches? How are Americans complicit in the impunity Zionism enjoys today, which has led to the demonization of an entire people — Palestinians — who are now paying for European sins against their own Jewish populations?

This webinar is moderated by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Holder Rich and will feature panelists the Rev. Jermaine Ross-Allam, Director Office of Repairs of Historic Harms, PC(USA), the Rev. Addie Domske, Steering Committee of the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA), and Jonathan Kuttab, international human rights attorney and executive director of Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA).

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024

Watch a recording of the webinar here.
Watch a recording of the webinar in Spanish here.
Read the news story of the webinar here.

 

Confronting Christian Zionism – Episode 1

The 216th General Assembly (2004) approved the “active opposition” by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) “to Christian Zionism and the development of a plan to communicate the theological and political ramifications it engenders within our denomination, in the mass media, and among U.S. government officials.” Twenty years later our Palestinian partners are calling us to challenge a theology that reinforces and supports occupation, annexation and apartheid. This first webinar in a series on the topic will introduce the theology that contributes to the violence Palestinians experience on a daily basis and explore its connection to a settler colonial project that is having devastating consequences on the Palestinian people, including the Christian communities that have lived on the land for two millennia. This webinar is moderated by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Holder Rich and will feature panelists the Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac, the Rev. Marietta Macy and Rabbi Brant Rosen.

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2024

Watch a recording of the webinar here.
Watch a recording of the webinar in Spanish here.
Read the news story of the webinar here.

 

The Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Moderated by Catherine Gordon, representative for international issues for the Office of Public Witness, speakers include Nader Abu Amsha, director, Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees; Bill Deere, director, UNRWA Washington Representative Office; and Hassan El Tayyab, legislative director for Middle East Policy and Advocacy Organizer. The webinar provides opportunities for action to help alleviate the horrific humanitarian crisis in Gaza. 

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Watch a recording of the webinar here.

Read the news story of the webinar here.

 

Jewish and Christian Voices for Peace

Featured speakers were Rabbi Alissa Wise, lead organizer of Rabbis for Ceasefire, former staff leader at Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and a co-founder of the JVP’s Rabbinical Council and Rev. Fursan Zu’mot from the Arabic-speaking Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land (ELCJHL).

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Watch a recording of the webinar here.