Posts made in February, 2017

Rana Choir: Arab-Jewish woman have a message

Posted on Feb 28, 2017

Members of the Rana Choir write:

We would like to share with you Rana – Arab-Jewish women’s choir’s renewed version of the song “I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier” – the lyrics of which are based on a song that was written during World War I in the USA by Alfred Bryan and Al Piantadosi, with a new melody composed by Mika Danny. The song is sung in Hebrew, Arabic & English and has an option for subtitles in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese & Italian:

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Journey to Aleppo

Posted on Feb 27, 2017

Travel log of a trip to the Western part of the Syrian city, controlled by Assad’s regime, during the fight between government forces and rebels

View of Aleppo [All the photos in this article:  © Ats Pro Terra Sancta]

View of Aleppo [All the photos in this article: © Ats Pro Terra Sancta]

Giacomo Gentile | Oasis Center | 09 February 2017

We wish to propose to you the travel log that a representative of the Association of Holy Land wrote for Oasis from Aleppo. He visited the Western part of the Syrian city in October, when the bloody conflict between the forces of Bashar al-Assad’s regime and the rebel armed groups, controlling the east side of the city, was still ongoing. The city was fully reconquered by the government army in December, with the support of armed forces linked to Iran, Hezbollah’s Lebanese Shiite militias and the Russian military.

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Rev. Fr. Imad Twal: Administration Journey

Posted on Feb 21, 2017

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by Rev. Fr. Imad Twal

Introduction:

“Administration Journey” is the personal account of an administrator’s job within Church institutions, especially for the priest or consecrated, in community work and daily life among believers (church, parish, parish activities, visit to the sick and youth programs). Such are grace-filled moments in a priest’s life, where he practices the three-fold ministry and mission of Christ: priest, king and prophet.

In the first Letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 12:27-31), St. Paul writes about the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit as grace to the Church in her diversity: “ Brethren, you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first “apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way”. They will be closer together as members of the same body, each holding special importance, each complementing the function of the other. This diversity serves both the Church’s structures and her members. It remains a concern of the priest, that as everyone with a particular “gift” works together, these gifts will build up the body of Christ.

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“Dismantle the Ghetto, Take Settlers Out of Hebron”

Posted on Feb 21, 2017

Christian Peacemaker Team, Hebron – After Friday prayers, Palestinians gathered outside the Ibrahimi Mosque to promote the campaign “Dismantle the Ghetto, Take Settlers Out of Hebron”, which calls for Right to Life and Freedom of Movement. This campaign commemorates the 23rd anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre and subsequent closure of Shuhada Street.

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INTERFAITH FREEDOM MARCH- F. Romano in RAMALLAH

Posted on Feb 21, 2017

Dr. Frank Romano, University of Paris, writes:

You are welcome to participate in The Interfaith Freedom March, on Friday, March 17th, 2017. The group will meet at 12:30 pm ———- in front of the Ramallah, Central Mosque, West Bank, Palestine, in downtown Ramallah, and then march toward “Al-Monara Square.”

My friends, it’s no longer possible to say, “Ah, that’s the other side of the World, what does this place have to do with me, my family, my world….”

The people in the Holy Land, Muslims, Jews and Christians alike, are enshrouded by deep suffering, terrible restrictions on freedoms, limitation of circulation, restricted access, unfair confiscation of land, water, etc.

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Uri Avnery: How Did It Start?

Posted on Feb 17, 2017

The past cannot be changed. But perhaps, perhaps, we can learn from it and draw some conclusions.

by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom February 17, 2017

SO HOW THE HELL did it all start?

Last week I tried to describe the 1948 war, starting from the shooting at a Jewish bus on the morrow of the UN partition resolution. Some readers dispute the timing. They insist that the war started on May 15, on the morrow of the founding of the State of Israel, when the armies of the neighboring Arab states entered the country.

I have seen this many times. Every serious debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict raises the question: “When did it start?” Each side has its own date, proving that the other side started it.

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Living with and Loving the Neighbour – Peacebuilding in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Posted on Feb 16, 2017

Participants in an interfaith community workshop at the Ecumenical Institute in 2014. © Peter Williams/WCC

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World Council of Churches | February 16, 2017

Intended for an international audience of young people (ages 20-35) interested and engaged in interreligious dialogue, religious leaders, students, lay persons and professionals with a suitable level of religious literacy and/or experience in the field of interreligious dialogue and engagement, especially among the three Abrahamic religions, the Ecumenical Institute’s Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies is accredited by the University of Geneva under the Swiss Higher Education Programme for Continuing Education.

The course encompasses a study period of 6 weeks (3 weeks distance learning, 3 weeks residential). The residential period includes lectures, courses, workshops and study visits to places of interreligious interest.

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Pope to Middle East Pilgrims: ‘Let Us Become Channels of Hope’

Posted on Feb 15, 2017

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Deborah Castellano Lubov | Zenit | 15 February, 2017

“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, in particular those from the Middle East!”, said Pope Francis during the General Audience of Feb. 15, 2017.

This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 in Paul VI Hall, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world.

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Lutheran and Catholic joint-commun prayer in Amman

Posted on Feb 15, 2017

Lutheran and Catholic joint-commun prayer in Amman

AMMAN – In celebration of years of cooperation and dialogue already nurtured in the Holy Land, church leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) and the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem (LPJ) made a visual commitment to unity and shared service to its community in the Middle East. The service was co-hosted at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Amman, Jordan on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and another service is scheduled at St. Catherine Church in Bethlehem on Saturday.

Click for PDF from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL)

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FREEDOM MARCH, “LAND DAY”, PALESTINE – 2017

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

Dr. Frank Romano, University of Paris, writes:

FREEDOM MARCH, “LAND DAY”, PALESTINE – 2017

You are invited to participate in the Freedom March on Thursday, March 30, 2017. It is to commemorate the “Land Day”, 2017. The group will meet at 12:30 pm ——— – At the Qalandia Mosque, in the West Bank, in Palestine, then walk towards the Qalandia checkpoint.

This is the Palestinian land, they will not leave, they will remain attached to this sacred land of Palestine. We will continue our resistance to the occupation! We will continue Palestinian existence until freedom and independence, until the end of the Israeli occupation, until the establishment of a just and lasting peace …

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