Sabeel hosted a group of 40 internationals who came as part of a wedding party of Daniel and Elizabeth Banoura

On Thursday 4 August, Sabeel hosted a group of 40 internationals who came as part of a wedding party of Daniel and Elizabeth Banoura and Shannon Jehn. Celebrating the wedding of a Palestinian and an American, the group visited Sabeel to learn about the history of and current situation in Palestine/Israel. After touring the Old City of Jerusalem, they spent two hours at the Sabeel office. This is the first time we have ever hosted a wedding party interested in learning about Palestine/Israel – and we welcome more visits like this!

Peace education in higher education institutions in the Middle East and North Africa

On Thursday 4 August, Elise Aghazarian of Sabeel participated in a symposium about reconciliation and peace education in higher education institutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Elise spoke about the Armenian presence and heritage in the Arab world. The symposium was organized by AARMENA, the Academic Alliance for Reconciliation, Conflict Transformation, Peacebuilding for the Higher Education Institutions in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Elise works at Radboud University in the Netherlands in the area of comparative religious studies.

AARMENA is an alliance of universities and other higher educational institutions, scholars, and academics doing joint research and developing teaching programs and curriculums in Reconciliation Peacebuilding Studies in the MENA region.

Sabeel held a meeting at the Friends Boys School of Ramallah

On Wednesday 3 August, Sabeel held a meeting at the Friends Boys School of Ramallah about the health insurance program. Sabeel and the insurance company met with staff and teachers, and they gave an introduction about the health insurance program and spoke about the work that is happening.

Currently, there are 45 organizations and schools and over 1000 individual participants that come from 36 different parishes participating in the program


In September 2021, Sabeel and the community launched a new, groundbreaking health insurance program. Previously, Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza did not have access to health insurance. Sabeel has been bringing people together to solve this problem affecting the community. Churches, non-profit organizations, laypeople, and businesses have been working together, including a Palestinian Christian-owned company that is financially supporting the health insurance plan.

Sabeel and Dar Al-Kalima University

On Monday 1 August, Sabeel met with Dar Al-Kalima University in Bethlehem. The university recently joined the Sabeel health insurance program. Sabeel met with employees of the university about the health insurance plan and addressed their questions.

Currently, there are 45 organizations and schools and over 1000 individual participants that come from 36 different parishes participating in the program


In September 2021, Sabeel and the community launched a new, groundbreaking health insurance program. Previously, Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza did not have access to health insurance. Sabeel has been bringing people together to solve this problem affecting the community. Churches, non-profit organizations, laypeople, and businesses have been working together, including a Palestinian Christian-owned company that is financially supporting the health insurance plan.

Sabeel met with the interim World Council of Churches general secretary

On Saturday 16 July, Sabeel met with the interim World Council of Churches general secretary in Beit Sahour. During the meeting with Reverend Professor Dr. Ioan Sauca, we thanked him for his service. We spoke about the challenges Palestinians face and stressed how important it is for Palestine to remain on the agenda of the WCC. The WCC played an important role in exposing and fighting the apartheid regime in South Africa. But in the case of Palestine, it has played less of a role.


Dr. Sauca, a priest of the Orthodox Church in Romania, has served as Professor of Missiology and Ecumenical Theology at Bossey since 1998 and as its director since 2001. He has served as a WCC deputy general secretary since 2014. WCC is a fellowship of 352 churches from more than 120 countries, representing over 580 million Christians worldwide.

Friends of Sabeel Australia held a virtual webinar with Nora Arsenian-Carmi

 On Saturday 16 July, Friends of Sabeel Australia held a virtual webinar with Nora Arsenian-Carmi. Nora spoke about her work as a long-time advocate and activist for the Palestinian-Armenian Christian community in the Holy Land. She was born in Jerusalem, a few months before the founding of Israel in 1948. She has been a permanent resident of East Jerusalem since 1967, when the occupation of the city began. Her family also survived the Armenian genocide in 1915. Nora has been a community builder in many religious and civil society organizations and groups. For more than 37 years, she worked with Sabeel, the YWCA, and Kairos Palestine. She remains closely connected with the World Council of Churches assemblies and events, and participates in several global church networks .

Sabeel joined several Christian organizations in writing a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden

Sabeel joined several Christian organizations and community leaders in Jerusalem in writing a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr. The organizations and leaders asked the U.S. to put pressure on Israel to improve the daily lives of our Palestinian people and our local Palestinian Christian community throughout Palestine/Israel. The letter specifically asked for the Biden administration to address the issue of family reunification and Israeli laws restricting this basic right. The coalition also noted that the Palestinian Christian community “continues to dwindle and shrink amidst extremist Israeli policies in the Holy Land. All efforts must be applied to maintain indigenous Christian presence and identity in the city of Jerusalem.”

Sabeel held a special meeting to honor Rosemary Radford Ruether, a feminist theologian and a friend of Palestinian liberation theology

On Wednesday 13 July, Sabeel held a special meeting to honor Rosemary Radford Ruether,  feminist theologian and friend of Palestinian liberation theology. Reverend Naim Ateek, Marc Ellis, Nora Carmi, Kathy Bergen, and others from the Sabeel family spoke about the past, present, and future of liberation theology in the context of Palestine/Israel. They spoke about this in relation to the life and work of Rosemary. On top of being one of the most important theologians of recent memory, Rosemary was a dear friend and deeply important to Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) and the global Sabeel movement as a whole.