Holly is a symbol of goodwill and joy. In the Victorian language of flowers, holly means foresight. Holly is seen as a symbol of good luck in both Christianity and Islam. But most importantly for me, it is said that disputes are often solved "under the holly tree"
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Friends of Sabeel Conference Feb. 15-16 Pasadena, CA
From Occupation to Liberation
A Friends of Sabeel Conference Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Al-Nakba
February 15 - 16, 2008 All Saints Church, Pasadena
Sabeel (Arabic for "The Way") is a Jerusalem-based, ecumenical, international, grassroots peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians that promotes nonviolence, human rights, international law, democratic principles, and Gospel teaching on justice and peace-building.
Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA) works in the U.S. and Canada to support the vision of Sabeel, cultivating the support of American churches through co-sponsored regional educational conferences, alternative pilgrimage, witness trips, and international gatherings in the Holy Land.
Keynote & Workshop Speakers (Additional speakers not listed)
Chris Brown Chris Brown is an independent journalist living in San Francisco. In 2004 he volunteered with Christian Peace Maker Teams near Hebron. While escorting Palestinian children to school he and a colleague were beaten by Israeli settlers.
Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek From a position of faith, Dr. Ateek seeks to find solutions based on the faith principles of justice, peace, and nonviolence. A former Canon of St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem, he helped found the ministry of Sabeel.
Phyllis Bennis Ms. Bennis is a senior analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., and a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a writer, analyst and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years.
Rev. Dr. Donald Wagner Reverend Wagner is professor and director of the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at North Park University in Chicago. He is also on the steering committee of FOSNA.
Anna Baltzer Ms. Baltzer is a Jewish American Columbia graduate, Fulbright scholar, and volunteer with the International Women's Peace Service. She brings a Jewish perspective to experiencing occupation.
Dr. Laila Al-Marayati Dr. Al-Marayati is the spokesperson and past president of the Muslim Women's League, a Los Angeles based organization dedicated to disseminating accurate information about Islam.
Rev. Garth Hewitt As well as being a singer and songwriter Rev. Hewitt is Director of the Amos Trust, an organization committed to issues of justice, peace, development and human rights.
Hussam Ayloush Mr. Ayloush is the Southern California Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs.
Robert Massoud Founder of Zatoun, fair trade olive oil from Palestine, Robert Massoud has used the glorious gift of olive oil from Palestine to weave a web of inspiration and mass support in North America and build bridges to Palestine.
Nabila Espanioly Nabila Espanioly founded the Al-Tufula center in Nazareth in 1989 and has served as the director since that time. Nabila is a founding member and current chairperson of the Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel.
Dr. Nadera Shaloub-Kervorkian Dr. Shalhoub-Kervorkian is currently a lecturer in law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Criminology. She also holds a teaching position at the Hebrew University School of Social Work.
Rizek Abu Sharr Rizek Abu Sharr was the first Palestinian General Director of YMCA in West Jerusalem. For 46 years he worked for dialogue and reconciliation among Christian, Jew and Muslim.
Dr. Gabriel Piterberg Dr. Gabi Piterberg was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and grew up in Israel. Currently he is Associate Professor of History at UCLA. He has also taught at the University of Durham, England, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
Background to the Occupation Brice Harris
Challenging Christian Zionism Donald Wagner
Connecting With Gaza Laila Al-Marayati
Indigenous Palestinian Christians: History & the Emigration Problem Naim Ateek & Rizek Abu - Sharr
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Phyllis Bennis
Non-violent Resistance to Occupation Joshua Keaney & Matt Hamsher
A Jewish Voice in the Occupied Territories Anna Baltzer
Activism in the Marketplace: Supporting Palestinian Fair Trade Robert Massoud, Bill Foote
Activism on Campus: Confronting the Israel-Palestine Issue Pouneh Behin & Lana Khoury
U.S. Policy Towards Islam & Its impact on Palestine Hussam Ayloush
Palestinian Citizens of Israel Nabila Espanioly
Effects of Occupation on Women & Children Nadera Shalhoub-Kervorkian
(workshops are subject to change)
Friday & Saturday: $70 General Admission, $40 Student/Low Income
One Day Only - Friday: $35 General Admission, $20 Student/Low Income
One Day Only - Saturday: $40 General Admission, $20 Student/Low Income
Register before February 10th, 2008 to ensure your participation and meals.Prices include, Friday Dinner, Saturday Continental Breakfast & Lunch, and Parking. Childcare is available upon request.
From the North or West, take the 134/210 Freeway to the Fair Oaks exit, continue straight on Corson St. to Euclid. Turn right to get to All Saints Church. From the East, take the 210 Freeway to the Lake Ave. exit and continue straight on Maple St. to Los Robles. Turn left over the Freeway to Union. Turn right on Union and right on Euclid to All Saints Church. From the South, take the 110 Freeway until it ends. Continue straight on Arroyo Blvd. to Green St. Turn right on Green and left on Los Robles. Turn left on Union, right on Euclid to All Saints Church.
Parking is available one block north and one block southeast of the church. Handicapped/senior parking is available in the church lot. Watch for signs.
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