Sabeel-Kairos Annual Conference

The annual Sabeel-Kairos Conference will be held virtually this year. The trustees are delighted to be joined by speakers from our two key partners in Palestine – Rev Dr Munther Isaac from Kairos Palestine, and Omar Haramy from Sabeel Jerusalem.These two fantastic speakers will cover the key themes of the conference; ‘You cannot serve God and the occupation’ and ‘Antisemitism, Israel and Palestine.’ There will be chance to ask your questions in an interactive Q+A on both topics. Book your place here

The Living Stones

The Living Stones of the Holy land Trust has launched a new website.

The Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust is an ecumenical charity with the primary aim of advancing education about Christianity in the Holy Land and countries around, by:

  • raising awareness in Britain and elsewhere, educating and informing the public concerning Christians in the Holy Land, through our website, lectures, newsletter and a yearbook of academic theological articles;
  • promoting contacts between Christians (and others) in Britain and in the Holy Land, e.g. through pilgrimages promoting encounter, reflection and witness;
  • cooperating with other charities and groups with similar aims, by sharing activities and information

Visit the Living Stones website

Kairos Palestine Statement

On April 30th, 2020, Kairos Palestine issued the following statement on  The Dire Consequences of Israel’s “Coalition Government”

Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (Amos 5:23-24)

The board of Kairos Palestine raises an alarm regarding the consequences of the third failed Israeli election in less than a year.  The resulting coalition entered on April 20, 2020, combines two of the most right-wing parties—Bennie Gantz’s Blue and White and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud—in a deal that directly threatens Palestinians’ freedom, health and human rights.

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Bethlehem Bible College Covid-19 Appeal

Bethlehem Bible College has made a request for emergency assistance due to the impact of Covid-19 on Bethlehem.

“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.”

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There is no mercy without love nor kindness or tenderness: Bishop Atallah Hanna

Beloved sisters and brothers,

God being merciful means God is love. John the apostle tells us that God is love. There is no mercy without love nor kindness or tenderness. The most beautiful thing that we discover together in the glory of lent, and at the height of the bleak and terrifying circumstances that we are going through, is probably God’s kindness and tenderness with the abundance of
love that flows like fresh water of God’s blessings and generosity; a love that cleanses our sins, purges our diseases, and grants us strength and steadfastness.

Living Stones Yearbooks

The Living Stones of the Holy land Trust Yearbooks are now available to download for free. https://www.livingstonesonline.org.uk/yearbook

The Living Stones Yearbooks have been produced annually since 2012. They present a range of important articles providing a platform for informed debate and scholarship concerning the life and times, historical and current, of the Christian communities in and around the Middle East.

Previous Yearbook editions

The Living Stones Yearbook is produced and distributed by Melisende UK Ltd from whom you can also order a print copy.

Managing Editor: Leonard Harrow
Editors: Mary Grey; Duncan Macpherson; Anthony O’Mahony; Colin South

From Balfour to Banksy

Miranda Pinch is pleased to release, for free viewing, the final cut of the film: From ‘Balfour to Banksy: Divisions and Visions in Palestine’ (2020). Written and Directed by Martin Buckley. Produced by Miranda Pinch. Filmed and edited by Alexander Wilks.

This film looks at other visions — including a wide range of views from occupied Palestine today, ranging from anger to attempts at envisioning a future.

It also shows the vision of another Englishman: the contemporary artist Banksy, who has created in Palestine a hotel that is also a remarkable satirical art installation.

How do today’s Palestinians live, behind the ‘security wall’? What change must come?

Please share widely. https://www.balfourtobanksy.com/