Sabeel November 2024 Conference & Pre-Conference Tours

November Conference

Purpose Statement

The Sabeel Liberation Theology Center invites you to our upcoming conference, “Challenging Religious Extremism”, to be held in-person November 17-21 in Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

A new reality is rising and religious extremism is fanning the flames of intolerance and violence. Gaza lies in rubble with the majority of the ever increasing death toll being children and women. Even the January 6, 2021 riot in Washington, DC, is being reframed as a righteous protest. Numerous religious and theological leaders find themselves grappling with the challenge of responding faithfully and effectively.

The Sabeel conference will challenge religious extremism and supremacism through a scriptural, liberationist approach to theology by ecumenical and interfaith collaboration. The plenaries, workshops and visits will promote faith based, non-violent, peace-making initiatives to assist in the achievement of liberation, justice and peace in Palestine-Israel. Click below to access the full purpose statement and principles.

Sabeel 2024 International Conference Purpose Statement and Principles

This conference is held in partnership with Community Renewal Society and Friends of Sabeel across the globe.

For more information email visit@sabeel.org.

Pre-Conference Tours

Register for a pre-conference tour from November 11th-16th led by Sabeel and our friends! The full itinerary is attached and includes tours in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee, and Nazareth. The cost of the pre-conference tour is a total of 1000 USD. Use the link below to register and pay through FOSNA.

Pre-Conference Webinars

Sabeel has organized five webinars, each at 8pm Jerusalem time, from January to May. These webinars, facilitated by distinguished academics and activists, serve as a prelude to the conference by introducing themes and topics that will be explored in depth in November.

Wednesday 31st January: An Introduction to Religious Extremism

This webinar will introduce religious extremism and outline the November conference.

  • Speakers: Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek, Omar Haramy, Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer

View the recording here.

Wednesday 28th February: Zionism and Antisemitism

How the term antisemitism has been weaponised and an examination of the relationship between Zionism, apartheid, and religious extremism in Judaism.

  • Speakers: Hadar Cohen, Anthony Lerman, Thomas Suarez

View the recording here.

Wednesday 27th March: Islam and Islamophobia

Define Islamophobia, challenge stereotypes and prejudice toward Muslims, and examine how Islamophobia has been exploited to silence criticism of Israel.

Speakers: Dr. Santiago Slabodsky, and Iskander Abbasi

View the recording here. 

Wednesday 24th April: Christophobia and the Persecution of Christians

A discussion on the persecution of Christians and how Christian Zionism exacerbates tensions for Palestinian Christians.

Speakers: Rev. Dr. Waltrina Middleton, Rabbi Brant Rosen, and Rev. Dr. Paul McAllister

View the recording here.

Wednesday 29th May: Sabeel’s Statement on Antisemitism

A further discussion on Antisemitism, framed around Sabeel’s Statement on Antisemitism, published in 2022.

Speakers: Rabbi Faryn Borella, Hadar Cohen, Omar Haramy, Father David Neuhaus

View the recording here.

Access the transcript of Father David Neuhaus’s presentation on “The history of antisemitism” here.

Wednesday 26th June: Apartheid and Genocide 

Speakers to be announced.