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Christmas Alert 2018 - Kairos Palestine

This is a powerful Advent/Christmas meditation for you and your congregation to participate in this year. There are four meditations in our message: Refugees in the Middle East, Building Bridges not Walls, New Hope for Palestine, and Light in the Darkness. Following each meditation, you are invited to Reflect, Pray and Act. “New hope,” despite the cruelty of human against human, regardless of wars and ongoing death and hatred in the land of God. Indeed, because death is commanding hearts and injustice is escalating, we need new light and hope to come from the hearts of all believers in the Christmas message. Then the joy of Christmas will be fully realized 5 Christmas Alert 2018 in Bethlehem, where God’s mystery still touches the Earth alongside human oppression and the pain of the oppressed.

Study Guide for: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation-The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict

This study guide, prepared by Susan M. Bell, is designed to accompany Rev. Naim Ateek's important work outlining Palestinian Liberation Theology. In his book, Ateek offers a succinct primer on liberation theology in the context of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and self-determination. Beginning with the historical roots of this struggle, he shows how the memory of the Holocaust served to trump the claims and aspirations of the native inhabitants of Palestine, and how later Israeli occupation and settlements in the West Bank have contributed to their suffering and oppression.

What Would They Say Now?
The FOSNA theology committee has produced a guide for Lent, What Would They Say Now? Encounters with People of the Bible. It's a journey through the Scriptures that discusses the experiences of particular Biblical characters—Abraham, King Hezekiah, the exiled community in Babylon, Mary of Nazareth, the Magi traveling to Bethlehem, and Jesus on the Mount of Olives—and ponders the similarities and differences between the “then” and the “now” in each sacred location. For printed, bound copies of this study guide, send a request to Monica at and include the postal address to which the desired number of booklets should be sent. Donations to FOSNA would be greatly appreciated.

Zionism Unsettled
The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is pleased to announce the publication of its newest educational resource, Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide. This study guide is a condensed and edited version of a longer book entitled Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land, published in 2014 by Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers.

A Study Guide and Curriculum for the Kairos Palestine Document
“Call to Action” is a template for study, confession, and action, created by Kairos USA in response to the Kairos Palestine document, a call from the Palestinian Christian community to the world, issued in Bethlehem in 2009.

A Study Guide for A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation by Naim Ateek
This guide, prepared by Susan Bell and Lee Porter of Friends of Sabeel DC Metro, is useful for groups and individuals interested in studying the latest book by the founder and director of Sabeel, the Rev. Naim Ateek. The book was published in 2008 by Maryknoll Books and includes an introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. John H. Thomas, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, states that the book “is essential reading for anyone committee to the non-violent struggle for peace and justice in the Middle East.”

Hope for the Holy Land: Understanding and Responding to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
How can people of faith contribute to the creation of a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians? This is a course created by Sabeel Colorado, which you can duplicate in your area. The curriculum, objectives, sessions, speakers, format, and other details may be changed to meet your local circumstances.

Sabeel's Call for Morally Responsible Investment
A document for churches considering morally responsible investment as a method of ending the occupation of Palestine. This guide offers moral and legal arguments for responsible investment, ideas for how to undertake responsible investment, and proposed responses to criticism.

Law and Politics: Options and Strategies of International Law for the Palestinian People
An important booklet for wide distribution. This document is the product of an International Law Conference organized by the Birzeit University Institute of Law, the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem and the Decolonizing Palestine Project, convened in May 2013. 

Corporate Complicity in Violations of International Law in Palestine
A comprehensive document (released December 2014) highlighting private businesses that profit from the occupation through major roles in funding, facilitating and supporting Israeli violations of international law. Areas covered in the report stem from involvement in the Israeli colonial industry, purchase of produce of colonies, construction on occupied land, provision of services to colonies, exploitation of occupied resources, controlling the movement of the civilian population, and the construction of the Annexation Wall.