The Middle East Interest Group
The Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness
Pilgrimage to Peace
When: Sunday, February 18, 2018, from 3 – 5 pm
Where: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S. Duke Street Lancaster, PA 17602
The Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) hosts a conversation with Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth from Israel and Aziz Abu Sarah, a Palestinian-American, about multifaith dialogue and engagement in constructive conflict, peace, and the reality of life in Israel and Palestine.
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of 27 national church denominations and organizations, including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions. It works to encourage U.S. government policies that actively promote a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ensuring security, human rights and religious freedom for all people of the Middle East.
“You shall not hate your kinsman in your heart.
Reprove your neighbor, but incur no guilt because of him.
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk.
Love your neighbor as yourself: I am Adonai.” (Leviticus 19:17–18) from the Hebrew Scriptures
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) from the Christian Scriptures
“Verily, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and wrongful transgression. He admonished you that you may take heed.” (Ch.16 v.91) from the Qu’ran
During this gathering, you will hear about work being done in Palestine, Israel, and the United States to help achieve peace and justice in the Holy Land. We invite you to learn of these efforts as we work together to better understand the realities affecting both Israelis and Palestinians and how people of faith in the United States can play a positive role in pursuing peace.
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace and is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). Cannon formerly served as the senior director of Advocacy and Outreach for World Vision U.S. in Washington, DC; and is a consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth is the director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, which is based in Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University’s Program for Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation writing on Jewish models of conflict resolution, peacemaking, and reconciliation. Daniel has been teaching advanced rabbinics, Bible, conflict resolution and other subjects at Pardes for over ten years.
Aziz Abu Sarah is an entrepreneur, speaker, peace builder and author. In 2009, Aziz co-founded MEJDI Tours, a cultural exploration vehicle. Aziz has spoken to countless international organizations and universities, including the United Nations, Nexus, TED, BMW, European Parliament, Yale, and Harvard. Aziz is the recipient of the Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the Institute of International Education, the European Parliament’s Silver Rose Award, the Eisenhower Medallion, and the Eliav-Sartawi Award for his Middle Eastern Journalism. The Royal Strategic Centre in Jordan named him one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the World for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
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