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2016 20 March

Enjoy Life- and take time to eat cake by the ocean!

Posted in Youth Blog

“So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat, drink, and enjoy the fruits of their labour, for these are gifts from God.” ~Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

2016 18 March

United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine/ Israel

Posted in Steinbach United

 

Workshop details  in the Calendar of Events.

 

UNJPPI is a United Church of Canada related network working toward the goal of a just peace in Palestine and Israel by calling for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and equal rights for all who live in Palestine/Israel through education and advocacy.

On behalf of UNJPPI Kathy Bergen and Jan McIntyre will give a two-hour workshop.  During the two-hour workshop, Kathy and Jan will share information out of their experience that is not readily available in our mainstream media, briefly explain the history of the conflict, talk about the role of International Humanitarian Law and UN Resolutions in this conflict, share some personal stories of dedicated Israelis and Palestinians working for a just peace, and discuss some of the barriers that prevent people from speaking out and becoming involved in peacemaking.

At each General Council meeting since 2003, resolutions about Palestine and Israel have been discussed and voted on by United Church general commissioners.  United Church staff has developed educational materials including Unsettling Goods and an eleven-part video series Let’s Keep Talking.  In partnership with the World Council of Churches the UCC has sent almost 30 ecumenical accompaniers to Palestine for 3 month assignments.   They witness the effects of the occupation and share stories with the wider church back home. The UCC has a long history of supporting Palestinian and Israeli organizations working towards a just peace.

http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/justice-initiatives/unsettling-goods-choose-peace-palestine-and-israel

This workshop will help to educate and engage congregations on the issues while encouraging actions towards a just peace in the Middle East. 

 

Kathy Bergen is currently the part-time UNJPPI staffperson.  She has worked on Middle East issues for 33 years, 17 of them in Palestine–first with MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) in Jerusalem, the AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) in Philadelphia, the ICCP (International Coordinating Committee  NGOs on the Question of Palestine) in Geneva, and with the Friends Center in Ramallah.

Jan McIntyre is a Manitoba farmer and chairperson of the Prairie Spirit School Division Board of Trustees. She has been sent twice by the United Church of Canada to work with the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), and currently works with the Hebron International Resources Network, a Hebron based NGO.

She has spoken to over 40 groups about her experiences in Israel and Palestine.