Hello Friends of Sabeel, old and new,
Today, we at the Sabeel Ecumenical Theology Center in Jerusalem announce the First International Young Adult Gathering which will be held June 17-25, 2020.
In this time of great polarization, fundamentalism and grave injustice, we are seeing a generation of young people rise who are longing for theologies that liberate and bring hope to the oppressed, the marginalized, and the broken-hearted. Such theologies have developed among oppressed Christians worldwide, including among Palestinians. These theologies have inspired strength, hope, and a continual commitment to Jesus’ teachings of a just peace and nonviolent resistance to all forms of oppression.
This gathering provides an opportunity for young people from around the world, ages 18-35, to engage first-hand with local young Palestinians and hear their stories, learn more about the current realities on the ground, explore and discuss together liberation theology, nonviolence, engaging Christian Zionism, and to work together to take action.
The spirit of gathering comes from the Sabeel Initative, KUMI Now. Kumi is an Aramaic word used by Jesus Christ when he raised the young girl from death (Mark 5:21-43). Kumi means, “Rise Up.” “Kumi Now” reflects the urgency to stand and to act when the situation has become dire, acute, and dangerous. Kumi Now is more than a call. It is the cry of millions of people who are seeking a genuine life of peace and security. We hope that through this gathering we will work together, learn from each other, and “rise up” together to make a difference in our own communities and in our world.
Participants will also have a chance to travel throughout the Holy Land to visit Holy Sites and be in fellowship with young Palestinian Christians.
If you are a young adult with a passion for human rights and learning how to live as Christ, come join us this June. Come and hear the stories of the people, explore your faith, and learn together what it means to rise up and take action.
We hope to see you there!
The Sabeel Staff