Welcome to Friends of Sabeel DC Metro Area.
Sabeel DC Metro 4th Annual Spring Program Huge Success!
Palestine and Zion: The Journey for Civil Rights
2015 Conference Content:
Presentation by Rev. Graylan S. Hagler,
Senior Pastor, Plymouth Congregational UCC, Washington, DC
Presentation by Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown III
Senior Pastor, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD
with a panel featuring Palestinian & Jewish viewpoints and experiences
Panel 1 featuring Tarek Abuata & Mai Abdul Rahman
Panelists Part 2 -- Shelley Cohen Fudge & first 9 minutes of Q&A for panelists
Sabeel DC Metro's 2013 Fall Seminar, "Zionism Through Christian Lenses," was a Big Success!
Sixty five of you were there, and we've already sent our thanks to you! I'm speaking of course of Sabeel DC Metro's very successful Third Annual Fall Seminar, “Zionism Through Christian Lenses: Ecumenical Perspectives on the Promised Land,” held on Nov. 16 at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. But for those of you who weren't able to make it, we also have a message for you: We missed you, and we hope you can make it to our next all-day event in the spring! Please stay tuned!
For those of you who did attend on Nov. 16, we especially want to thank you for the very positive and supportive responses you provided us on the evaluation forms you turned in. Your feedback is essential to us! And as we've said to you before, thoughtful, compassionate and enthusiastic participation was what made our event together a very meaningful and affirming experience for the 65 of us who were there!
Here's what one participant wrote to us about our event: "Congratulations on your third seminar, 'Zionism Through Christian Lenses'! Your varied perspectives coupled with audience reactions made for a thought-filled day. I hope your book will be widely used, to the benefit of all who reflect on the topic."
As to you wonderful participants who attended, Sabeel DC Metro hopes that you found our discussions on this very sensitive subject useful as you talk with people in your churches, clubs, denominations, and ecumenical/interfaith clusters about the common mistake of confusing Zionism with Judaism, and the profound shortfalls of Zionism as a political philosophy that, in our shared view, is hopelessly out-of-date in our multi-cultural twenty-first century world, and out-of-sync with much-admired Jewish religious and humanitarian values.
If you didn't make it to the 2013 Fall Seminar, I'm glad to remind you that you can order the book on which our conference was based, Zionism Through Christian Lenses, from the publisher, Wipf and Stock, at: www.wipfandstock.com for prompt delivery. At our seminar on the 16th I believe we sold all 25 of the copies our bookseller Andrew Stimson of The Washington Report's bookstore and gift shop had in stock, at $20 a copy!
Whether you were able to be with us on the 16th or not, Sabeel DC Metro’s leadership council and planning committee thank you for your steadfast devotion to the cause of justice, peace and reconciliation for all the people of Palestine-Israel! We wish you courage and fortitude as you speak truth to power, and gently engage those who are stuck in prejudicial views about Palestinians and Israelis and are still not able to understand the urgent need for all of us--especially people of faith--to work diligently for justice, peace, and reconciliation for all the people of the Holy Land.
Remember: Never hesitate to contact us if you want to brainstorm, share your concerns and ideas, or learn more about the work of Sabeel. Happy 2014 to everyone!
--Paul Verduin and Susan Bell, for the entire Sabeel DC Metro planning team!
Sabeel DC Metro’s Spring Workshop’s scores of conferees ended the day by reciting aloud a prayer adapted from one attributed to Desmond Tutu, and by joining hands in an immensely wide circle for an energizing Palestinian Dabkeh line-dance expertly led by panelist Hanan Idilbi. Reaction to the Spring Workshop event? The next morning, during the “joys and concerns” portion of her Sunday church service, one enthusiastic conferee was heard to announce to the gathered congregation, “We simply must invite these Palestinian presenters to come and speak at our church!”
Sabeel DC Metro is engaged in continual outreach by participating in local conferences, panels, and film screenings that help bring the full story of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to a wider public. Please contact us if you are planning an event and would like suggestions about speakers and other resources.