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Sabeel Christmas Message from Jerusalem 2017

Dear Friends, During this Christmas Season, we pause to give thanks and praise to the gracious and loving God for the coming of Jesus Christ through whom we have come to know God’s true nature of LOVE.  In Christ we know that God’s love extends to all people and embraces all.  We know that God […]

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Back to Haifa

December 2nd , Sabeel held another educational trip for women from Jerusalem to visit Haifa and Tiberius. The purpose of the trip was to build friendships and networks among the community in Jerusalem.

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A Palestinian Theology of Liberation

On Friday, November 3, 2017 130 people gathered at Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem, as Sabeel, together with Bilda (Swedish Christian Study Centre), The Educational Bookshop and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute hosted a book launch to introduce Rev. Naim Ateek’s latest work, A Palestinian Theology of Liberation; The Bible, Justice and the Palestine-Israel Conflict (Orbis, […]

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…The Sabeel Contemporary Way of the Cross

Sabeel organized for our friends and partner at Menonite Central Committee a 3 hour tour in Jerusalem. During the tour we visited the village of LIfta, the French Hill settlement and the Sabeel office. The high light of the tour was meeting three young children from the camp and listen to their stories. Prayers and […]

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..A History of Palestine

  November 22nd, Sabeel Nazareth, launched the book “The History of Palestine, pre-Islam” by Fuad Farah.  The new book sheds light on the land and the history often neglected by many historians.

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Balfour & Religious Extremism

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A Visit to Hebron

November 18th, Sabeel Nazareth organized a solidarity visit for over 50 people to the City of Hebron. The trip included morning devotions at the Russian Orthodox Church, the only Church in Hebron. The morning devotions were led by Bishop AttAllah Hanna. The day trip included a visit to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a tour […]

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Yaffa – The Bride of the Sea

November 15th, Sabeel Organized a day trip to the city of Yaffa for 15 Bible study facilitators. The purpose of the trip was to strengthen the friendships among our bible study leaders and offer a one day fun trip. The group learned about the history of Yaffa pre the NAKBA of 1948.

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Clergy Retreat

November 7th, Sabeel held its Clergy annual retreat at the City of Haifa. The theme of the clergy’s spiritual retreat was “how should the Church deal with the “Other””. Sabeel also held lectures by lay people to represent the concerns of the community. The Retreat included a visit to the occupied Golan Heights with a […]

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Balfour Declaration Centenary Service

St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem A Liturgy of Penance and Hope Nov. 2, 2017, 5 pm Thank you, Amos Trust, for taking this initiative and planning this important service that laments the past and looks in hope to the future. In particular, I would like to thank Canon Garth Hewitt, the founder of Amos Trust, and […]

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2017 Fall Witness Visit

November 1st- November 10th, Sabeel organized  its” Fall Witness Visit” with the theme of Challenging Christian Zionism. The nine day witness visit included visits to refugee camps, theological centers, worship with local communities and an exposure to Palestinian Liberation Theology.   Click here for a more detailed report.

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A Trip to Haifa

October 30th, Sabeel held an educational trip for women from Jerusalem to visit Haifa and Tiberius. The purpose of the trip was to build friendships and networks among the community in Jerusalem.

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The Feast of the Cross

September 27th, Sabeel organized an open discussion meeting with Bishop Atallah Hanna from the Greek Orthodox Church. The meeting was well attended and all spoke freely on what they saw the challenges of the church today. We started the meeting withprayers and reflections on” the feast of the cross”.

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Consult and Coordinate

Palestinian and international organizations in Jerusalem are facing increased pressure from the Israeli bank sector. The new bank restrictions greatly limit the work of the civil society in occupied East Jerusalem. On Thursday September 7th, 2017 Sabeel organized a meeting for non-governmental organizations to consult and coordinate ways to face these challenges. Patriarch Michel Sabbah […]

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A Day of Fun

September 2nd, Sabeel organized a one day program for the members of 5 Bible study groups in Bethlehem.  It was a day of fun as well as reflection as the program included fun activities, sports and spiritual reflection.

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NCCOP- Sabeel

On Monday, September 4th 2017, the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP), a coalition of 36 organizations, met in the Bethlehem area to improve coordination and networking.  Sabeel was elected to be a member of the NCCOP executive committee.  

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Salaam Palestine

Salaam Palestine, a dedicated friends of Palestine Group in Japan concluded their 10 day trip to Palestine and Israel at Sabeel. The 26 member group bothvisited Holy places and made solidarity visits to Palestinian communities suffering from the 50 year old occupation.

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Al-Aqsa Mosque Visit

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 […]

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In-solidarity-with-Al-Aqsa

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Sabeel Jerusalem Trip to Golan Heights

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 […]

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10th Sabeel International Conference

 

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Bible Study Facilitators’ Meeting – Taybeh

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 […]

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Women’s Meeting: At Sunrise and Sunset

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.

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June Bible Study

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.

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UCC Clergy Group

The United Church of Canada and with the help of Sabeel organized a special delegation of UCC clergy to Palestine and Israel. The clergy exposure trip was created in response to the calling from UCC global partners in Palestine-Israel for engagement of United Church of Canada members to Come and See from a multi viewpoint […]

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UCC Clergy with Sabeel

The United Church of Canada and with the help of Sabeel organized a special delegation of UCC clergy to Palestine and Israel. The clergy exposure trip was created in response to the calling from UCC global partners in Palestine-Israel for engagement of United Church of Canada members to Come and See from a multi viewpoint […]

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Sabeel Nazareth Trip to Golan Heights

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.

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Pentecost Open Forum

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 […]

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Naksa

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 […]

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