TIMELINE OF RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2012-2013
HIGHLIGHTS AND LOOKING FORWARD
Sponsored Conference “The Church Must Take a Stand and Stop Ignoring Injustice in Palestine and Israel” on Sept 7, 2013 at Trinity Presbyterian, where 110 people attended
Trip to Israel/Palestine – Partnered with Interfaith Peace Builders for May 25 – June 7, 2013 trip and provided funding for Sarah Humphrey as trip co-leader. http://interfaithpeacebuilders.org/
Promoted and attended Lecture by Dr. Mustafa Barghouti “The Situation in Palestine, Future Perspectives, and the Work of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society on April 6 at Peachtree Presbyterian Church.
Promoted and attended Screening of “5 Broken Cameras”, Oscar Nominated Documentary at, at Emory Law School on April 3.
Iyad Burnat – Palestinian Nonviolent Leader and Activist from Bil’in Village – JHJP members participated in several events where Mr. Burnat spoke on Feb 1 and 2, 2013: Efforts for Peace in the Middle East Symposium Kennesaw State; Shabbat Dinner, Isha Prayer and Discussion sponsored by Muslims for Progressive Values, Jewish Voice for Peace, Interfaith Peace Builders and Fellowship of Reconciliation; Breakfast at Oakhurst Baptist, and Lunch event at Absolom Jones Episcopal Center.
Steadfast Hope http://israelpalestinemissionnetwork.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=9 Taught adult SS classes at: First Presbyterian Church of Jonesboro, Decatur Presbyterian, St James Methodist. SH has been taught in 18 locations in 2011-2013
Israel/Palestine Mission Network – John Morgan and Kyle Christofalo attended IPMN meeting in Chicago in October 11 – 13, 2012 http://israelpalestinemissionnetwork.org/main/
Mailed letter of support to PC-USA Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons, thanking him for the letter sent to Congress from 15 religious leaders on October 5, 2012, asking that military aid to Israel be conditioned on its compliance with US laws. (Prohibiting assistance to any country which engages in consistent human rights violations and limiting the use of US weapons to internal security or legitimate self-defense.) http://www.pcusa.org/news/2012/10/5/religious-leaders-ask-congress-condition-israel-mi/
Kairos USA Training – Supported and attended training on Sept 22, 2012 at Oakhurst Baptist Church – 52 people attended http://kairosusa.org/
2012 PC-USA 220th General Assembly – Several JHJP members attended in July 2012 to support boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement . http://www.pcusa.org/news/2012/7/7/boycott-added-presbyterian-tools-middle-east-peace/
Co Hosted Alex Awad , pastor of East Jerusalem Baptist Church, as well as Professor at Bethlehem Bible College in Palestine, serving under the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, at St James Methodist on July 22, 2012 http://alexawad.org/
20I3 Israel Palestine Mission Network – PC USA- Meeting in Detroit – October 24 – 26, 2013 – http://israelpalestinemissionnetwork.org/main/
“The Stones Cry Out” documentary – Organized the Atlanta portion of the nationwide première and tour of the film about Palestinian Christians produced by Yasmine Perni who presented the film both at Emory University and Peachtree Presbyterian – http://www.thestonescryoutmovie.com
2013 Bethlehem Voices – Organized and hosted this event on tour from The Tree of Life Educational Fund which was attended by over 220 people. It included musical performances by students of the Edward Said Conservatory in Ramallah and educational presentations by Daoud Nasser of The Tent of Nations and Jane Hilal of the Applies Research Institute of Jerusalem. http://www.tolef.org http://www.arij.ps
2014 – Looking forward:
Kairos USA curriculum – confirm locations where this can be taught. Let us know if you are interested!
Steadfast Hope – Looking for other churches that would like us to teach this curriculum – Contact Joanne Nurss at email@example.com if you are interested!
Mosaic of Peace: Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference in Israel/Palestine – April 28 – May 10, 2014 http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/peacemaking/mosaic-peace/ There are still openings!