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Webinar on BDS: Sign Up Now!
Spread Word about Kairos Study Guide
Also Check Out…
The BDS Movement: What it is, what it isn’t, and how it relates to Mennonites
Monday, Feb. 20, 1 pm EST / 12 pm CST / 11 am MST / 10 am PST
There has been a lot of talk about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) called for by Palestinians. Join our panel including Garik Ruiz of the BDS National Committee, Mark Regier of Everence Financial, and Andre Gingrich Stoner of the “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine Resolution” writing committee as they discuss the movement, its political goals, its practicality, and how it relates to the Mennonite Church USA resolution. The conversation will be facilitated by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach of MCC and will include time for your questions. Please RSVP HERE.
Spread the Word about the Kairos Palestine Study Guide
Consider including the text below, or excerpts from it, in your congregation’s bulletin or conference’s newsletter. Help us spread the word about this great resource!
New Israel/Palestine Study Guide Available
Kairos Palestine: A Four-Week Congregational Study Plan is now available for congregations to use in preparation for the convention in Orlando in July. The Mennonite Palestine Israel Network prepared the study guide in response to the resolution entitled “A Statement of Support for our Palestinian and Israeli Partners in Peacemaking” passed by the Delegate Assembly in Kansas City in 2015. The resolution pledged to devote the next two years to learning about the situation in Israel/Palestine and to discernment regarding the Mennonite Church response. The basis of the study guide is the Kairos Palestine document that was written by Palestinian Christian leaders in 2009 as an appeal to the world, including their Christian brothers and sisters, to understand their situation and to respond with action. Kairos Palestine is deeply committed to Jesus’ way of love and nonviolence, even in the face of entrenched injustice. The study guide includes the full text of the Kairos Palestine document, as well as helpful background information about the reality on the ground, and a four-week congregational plan of study with links to video resources. The study guide is available from MennoMedia and also as a free download on the MCUSA website and the MennoPIN website.
Free download http://mennoniteusa.org/what-we-do/peacebuilding/israelpalestine-initiatives/
Free download https://mennopin.org/2014/08/01/kairos-palestine-mennonite-response/.
Note: A Spanish language translation of the study guide will be available soon.
Also Check Out…
Several recent Mennonite World Review articles have focused on Israel-Palestine:
Palestinian Mennonite Seeks Peace through Respect (also see this powerful Mondoweiss piece about Jonathan Kuttab)
Israel’s Status Quo
Cruel Checkpoints in Palestine
Tell Congress: Support peace, don’t undermine it: Action alert from the MCC Washington Office
Disturbing the Peace: A new film about Combatants for Peace
Learn more about the Nakba Museum, an effort to ensure the Palestinian story is told in Washington, D.C., led by Bshara Nassar, a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.
Joy Lapp (Pleasant View Mennonite Church, Mt Pleasant, IA)
Erica Littlewolf (White River Cheyenne Mennonite Church, Busby, MT)
George Muedeking (Albuquerque Mennonite Church, Albuquerque, NM)
Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach (Peace Fellowship Church, Washington, DC)
Timothy Seidel (Community Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA)