Passionate about peacemaking? Want to be a part of the global movement in peace studies? Desire to learn more from dynamic Holy Land Christian peacemakers?
Join us this September in our first online course for audit or credit entitled Introduction to Peacemaking and Justice.
The Bethlehem Institute of Peace and Justice promotes interdisciplinary research and study of peace and justice in the context of the Palestinian experience. Bethlehem Bible College is accredited by the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Asia Theological Association, and the Middle East Association for Theological Education.
This video is taken from the first Christ at the Checkpoint conference held in Bethlehem in 2010. It has been viewed more than 14,000 times. The title of my presentation was: The Bible, Israel, and the Church: Challenging Zionism, Anti-Semitism and Replacement Theology. The presentation was based on my book, Zion’s Christian Soldiers.
The Bethlehem Institute of Peace and Justice at Bethlehem Bible College invites you to enroll in its fully online course beginning this September 2021
Introduction to Peacemaking and Justice in the Palestinian Context 1
This asynchronous, guided, online course, taught by Palestinian and international professors, explores fundamental concepts in peacebuilding and justice, the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and present realities on the ground; Biblical theologies of peace; reflections on peace and justice from the perspective of Judaism and Islam; non-violence and peacemaking; the practice of sulha in Arab societies and how it relates to other models of reconciliation, and more.
The course may be taken for credit or audit by either students already enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs, or by non-traditional students. The course is offered internationally and to people of all faiths.
All the course material, including required reading, is located on the educational platform, Its Learning, which the Institute uses. The tuition is inclusive of reading assignments.
The tuition fee is determined on a per-credit basis. The rate for the academic year 2021/2022 is $495 ($165 per credit hour) for internationals and $240 ($80 per credit hour) for local and auditing students. The course is for 3 credits.
This course especially serves:
Those who are passionate about affirming the relevance and reasonableness of peacemaking in the world.
Those who desire to learn more about the Palestinian Christian experience – its joys and sorrows – in peacemaking.
Those who want to explore the holistic discipline of peacemaking and justice studies.
Find out more at www.bipj.org or direct your inquiries to Info@bipj.org.
This statement was written with urgency by Palestinian Christian young adults from all across the land, expressing repentance and hope regarding the ongoing injustices. If you identify with this statement, it is yours to hold as well. We urge all to read and reflect seriously on its call.
“Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5 : 23-24)
Statement of Repentance and Hope
We Palestinian Christian young adults from the 48 territories, Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza; cannot remain silent with what is happening in our community. Based on our understanding of our spiritual, ethical and national responsibilities, we declare the following:
“Bethlehem Bible College is the only institution of its kind in the Holy Land that trains Palestinians in Arabic for a BA in Biblical Studies and Christian Education, and MA in Christian Leadership and Ministry, Mass Media, Tour Guiding, and Hebrew Language. These programs enable students in this distressed area to have rigorous theological training within the Holy Land, helping to decrease “brain drain,” which diminishes future Christian leadership in the church and broader society.”
The Revd John Angle participated in the Hub exhibition at Spring Harvest, Minehead. I interviewed him about the Christian community in Gaza. John is active in supporting the Hope Christian Trust and Bethlehem Bible College.
The seminars delivered at Christ at the Checkpoint USA in November are now on Youtube. I gave a presentation on what the Bible says about the relationship between Israel and the Church, emphasising the continuity and harmony between the message of Jesus in the Old and New Testaments.