Working Group Sessions

During working groups sessions, choose from among the following areas of focus:

Children play near wall enclosing Bethlehem
Wall enclosing Bethlehem



Thursday (3:45 & 4:45pm)

Christian Zionism & Its Impact on Palestinian Christians
Rev. Alex Awad, Dean Bethlehem Bible College & serving with Global Ministries

Challenges Facing Young Christians in Palestine
Grace alZoughbi, Faculty Bethlehem Bible College

Covenants Between God & Humanity: How Many & with Whom?
Rev. Bruce Robbins, former General Secretary, General Commission on Christian Unity & Interreligious Concerns

Prophetic Faith: How Occupation Can Change the Reading of Scripture
Tina Whitehead, mission volunteer with Sabeel & Bethlehem Bible College 

Friday (11am)

Theologies of Land
Grace alZoughbi, Faculty Bethlehem Bible College

Kairos Palestine: A Biblical Message of Faith, Hope & Love
Nora Carmi, Kairos Palestine



Thursday (3:45 & 4:45pm)

Ecumenical Accompaniment Program In Palestine & Israel
Randi Clawson & Dee Poujade, Ecumenical Accompaniers for 3 months in Palestine

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)
Tarek Abuata, a Palestinian-American who has served with CPT in Hebron

Promoting Student & Young Adult Action-Oriented Presence
Natalia Cuadra, who has participated in delegations & campus advocacy

Friday (11am)

Organizing & Promoting Methodist Holy Land Tours: Lessons & Challenges
a roundtable discussion with various tour organizations

Where Should the Birds Fly?
Fida Qishta, Gazan Filmmaker & Jay Godfrey, United Methodist Women Seminar Program



Thursday (3:45 & 4:45pm)

Promoting Equal Rights Through Nonviolent Action
Rev. Kathryn Johnson, Interim Director, US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation

Save Wadi Foquin: a Palestinian Village Under Siege
Rev. Michael Yoshii, Pastor from Cal-Nevada Conference

Boycott & Divestment as Nonviolent Moral Actions: Past, Present & Future
Susanne Hoder, New England Divestment Taskforce & David Wildman, Global Ministries

Women's Role as Peacemakers
Bishop Hope Ward, North Carolina Conference & Linda Bales Todd

Friday (11am)

Conflict Transformation Work in Palestine
Zoughbi Zoughbi, Director of Wi'am Center for Conflict Transformation

Making Our Voices Heard in Congress
Mark Harrison, Peace with Justice Program, General Board of Church & Society



Thursday (3:45 & 4:45pm)

United Methodist Kairos Response: Its Vision, Goals & Activities
Theresa Basile & Andrea Whitmore, UMKR Steering Committee Members

Methodist Liaison Office in Palestine & Israel: Advocacy for a Just Peace
Rev. Kristen Brown, Global Ministries Missionary with the Methodist Liaison Office

Global Methodist Initiatives Seeking Just Peace in the Holy Land
Bishop Ivan Abrahams, World Methodist Council & Steve Pearce, Methodist Church of Britain

Discussion on Corporate Engagement
Barbara Boigegrain, General Secretary & Dave Zellner, Chief Investment Officer - General Board of Pension & Health Benefits

Friday (11am)

Ecumenical & Interfaith Advocacy
Rev. Susan Henry Crowe, General Secretary of General Board of Church & Society
Christine Elliott, Churches Together in Britain & Ireland
Philip Farah, Christian Palestinian Alliance for Peace


"We Refuse to be Enemies" sign at entrance of Daoud Nassar

Palestinian & Israeli settlement roads side by side in Palestine.

Olive harvest in Wadi Fouquin village where the UMC supports a community developer & Advance project



“Love is seeing the face of God in every human being.  [Love] does not mean accepting evil or aggression on their part.  Rather, this love seeks to correct the evil and stop the aggression.”  (Kairos Palestine, December 2009)

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