Since Friday July 14th, Palestinians have been expressing unity and solidarity in opposing Israel’s decisions to impose new security measures on worshippers entering Al-Aqsa mosque, changing the status quo, agreed upon for the site since 1967. On Thursday 27th, both Kairos Palestine and Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center led a delegation of Palestinian Church and […]
On June 24th, Sabeel Jerusalem took a trip to the Golan Heights with a group of 50 people. We enjoyed the wide age range in our group – there were people in their 20s, people in their 80s, and every age in between! Our first stop was outside Ghajar, a small town by the Lebanese […]
Twenty-six young women and men from Ramallah, Aboud, Nablus, Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, Zababdeh, Tobas, Burqen, Jericho, and Jerusalem came to the Bible study facilitators’ meeting. It took place on June 26 -27, 2017 at the Mar Ephraim guest house in Taybeh. We’re grateful for these young adults who want to study the Bible with […]
At the women’s meeting on June 16th, participants discussed a chapter from the book “At Sunrise and Sunset,” a collection of essays by Lotof Haj. The book talks about the character of nations, ways in which nationality can be protected from changes, and how to encourage awareness of national roots.
The monthly women’s Bible study in Nazareth met on June 15th. The passage for this meeting was Luke 22:7-27, the story of the Last Supper. The focus of the Bible study was on the Eucharist and the manner in which we receive it.
On June 11th, Sabeel Nazareth led a community trip to the Golan Heights with tour guide Abu Tahreer. They visited Ghajar, Banias, Ein Kinya, Majdal Shams, and Buq’ata. They had an ecumenical prayer service in the church at Ein Kinya. There were 45 participants on the trip.
The local community met with Rev. Naim Ateek because of Pentecost for an Open Forum. We sang hymns and enjoyed the nice community atmosphere, especially because Assis Naim has not been here in a while. There was also a discussion about Pentecost, the Holy Spirit, and the first disciples. Nadine Bitar, who is working on […]
Half a Century of Occupation – What Next? On June 5, 2017, Palestinians all around the world will commemorate fifty years of occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Palestinians will remember that these 50 years were only the second stage of the Nakba (catastrophe) of Palestine when Israel […]
Our youth meeting on June 2nd focused on how to work for community and how to continue to keep current programs running in the future. We talked about Sabeel’s ideology and the important role of young people in the success of Sabeel’s work.
On May 20th, there was a Bible study facilitators’ meeting at St. Saviour Catholic Church in Old City of Jerusalem. Rev. Naim Ateek gave a model Bible study presentation and questions to encourage discussion and reflection, to help the facilitators think about how to look at the text and how to lead their own Bible study […]
The annual clergy and wives post-Easter retreat was on May 12th. It was held at St. Andrews Church of Scotland. Rev. Naim Ateek led the Bible study. The clergy members had time to exchange information about their churches and communities, and the retreat concluded with a meal and colored egg breaking.
The women’s monthly meeting on May 12th was close to the anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe) which is on May 15th. One of the women led a discussion on a displaced village, Lifta. One unique thing about Lifta is that it has been able to preserve its antiquities very well.
In conjunction with the prisoners’ hunger strike, we held a special ecumenical prayer service in Nazareth on May 4th. The 35 attendees participated in readings and requested songs to stand in solidarity with the prisoners.
There was an ecumenical prayer service on April 29th for the political prisoners who are on hunger strike. Bishop Atallah Hanna preached, and representatives from different churches were present – a total of 110 people. The service took place at the Dominican Church.
On April 27th, we partnered with Bilda (the Swedish Christian study center) and the Evangelical Church of Christ to host a community program. The event was a concert with a group of over 40 singers and 5 musicians.
Sabeel’s annual Contemporary Way of the Cross was on April 3rd. Forty people from different churches joined us for this path, led by Rev. Naim Ateek and Syrian Orthodox Priest Benjamin Shemoun. We went through Via Dolorosa from station one through fourteen and ended at the Church of the Resurrection.
For the women’s monthly meeting on March 31st, we started discussing the book The Arab Christians. Each meeting, one of the women summarizes one chapter of the book and leads a group discussion about the chapter and related topics.
On March 31st, Sabeel held its annual egg hunt for children from orphanages in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. It took place at Mary Doty Garden in Bethlehem, and 110 kids from different charitable organizations were able to participate. There were performers, balloons, face paint, gifts, and chocolate for the kids to enjoy. The event ended with […]
The youth Bible study on March 29th focused on the Gospel of Matthew 6:1-8 and 6:16-18, parts of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus speaks about almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. He teaches that these things should be done privately rather than in front of other people with the goal of impressing them. We also […]
Along with Tantur Ecumenical Institute and Church of the Redeemer, Sabeel co-sponsored a book launch for Father Michael Lapsley’s book on March 26th, 2017. His book is called Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer, and is about his personal experiences. Fr. Lapsley joined the ANC after being exiled by the South […]
The 10th Nazareth International Conference was March 11th-12th. A large number of internationals and locals participated. People attending the conference visited the occupied Golan Heights. The next day, there was a prayer service at St. Peter’s Church in Tiberias. That evening there was a cultural program including a choir from Nazareth and Dabkah dancing which […]
The women’s Bible study for February was on the 23rd. The focus was on “Healing the Server.” We read the Bible, found words and sentences that are particularly meaningful to us, talked about how to relate them to our daily lives.
On February 22nd, we had a book release for The Land of Christ: a Palestinian Cry, by Rev. John Katanashu. Rev. John spoke briefly, and his talk was followed by comments from the writer Fouad Farah and Lina Haj, who read an excerpt of the book, as well as a summary and her opinion of […]
The first women’s monthly meeting of the year was on February 10th, and about 30 women attended. We discussed the schedule of programs for this year. We also announced the International Conference coming up and encouraged the participants to register for it.
On February 10th, 2017, there was a Bible study facilitator group training in Bethlehem. The 38 facilitators there came from Aboud, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus, Beit Sahour, Jinen, Burqen, Toubes, and Zababdeh. Patriarch Michel Sabbah and Bishop Atallah Hanna opened with words of encouragement and led group check-ins, giving the facilitators a chance to share […]
Archimandrite Melatios Basal came to Sabeel and shared his personal testimony, ministry, and work encouraging young people to be involved in the Orthodox church. Because of the traditions of the Orthodox that stress the importance of having clergy present during Bible studies, Sabeel invited Archimandrite Basal to explore this tradition with the community. He encouraged […]
At the women’s Bible study on February 2nd, we discussed the story of Jesus being brought to the temple in Luke 2:26-35. After reading the passage and meditating on it, we talked about ways in which we have seen that God gave equality between men and women and how the Holy Spirit is with us […]