Bright Stars of Bethlehem presents
Featuring Rev. Jim Winkler, President of National Council of Churches, Rev. Dr. Mae Cannon of Churches for Middle East Peace, Sojourners' Founder and President Jim Wallis, and Bright Stars of Bethlehem President, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb.
As part of the Room for Hope festival, The Jerusalem Conference is a one-day conference on Thursday, October 11 that brings together scholars, ecumenical theologians, and peace-doers around the topic
JERUSALEM: WHAT MAKES FOR PEACE?
The recent move of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has changed the conversation. Historic commitments to Jerusalem as a city for two people of three faiths are being threatened, along with the hope for peace. While the importance of the city for Jews is not questioned, its significance for Christians and Muslims, and particularly Christians is overlooked. For people of faith and for those concerned with peace in the Middle East, an inclusive Jerusalem is a must. So, what do we need to understand about the current political realities in Jerusalem, the implications of theological frameworks of the city, and current US and foreign policy?
Finally, what steps can we, as faith leaders take together and in our own networks to advance peace in this region?
In addition to responding to this urgent moment, The Jerusalem Conference is, in part, a follow up from the 2016 Atlanta Summit at the Carter Center hosted by President Carter, which brought together key representatives from 26 denominations as well as numerous faith-based organizations working towards a just peace in Israel/Palestine. This one day conference offers a timely exploration of Jerusalem as key to peace in the Middle East. Together, we will identify concrete steps and goals towards advancing the vision of an inclusive, diverse, and equitable Jerusalem.
8:30-9:30A REGISTRATION: Hilton Ballroom, University of Houston
9:30A WELCOME: Fr. Don Nesti and Bishop Dr. Michael Rinehart
10-11:15A PANEL 1- The Realities of Jerusalem Today
Including Dr. Majed Bamya and Tarek Abuata
-- 11:15A Break --
11:30-12:45P PANEL 2- Jerusalem: Towards an inclusive Religious Discourse: Jewish, Muslim and Christian perspectives
Including Dr. Santiago Slabodsky, Fr. Elias Mallon, Dr. Amir Hussain. Moderated by Dr. David Grafton
-- 12:45-2P LUNCH --
2-3:15P PANEL 3- Towards a balanced US policy on Jerusalem: What is possible under the Trump Administration?
Including Jim Wallis, Dr. James Zogby, Rev. Dr. James Forbes, and Dr. Bob Roberts
3:15-4:30P PANEL 4- Jerusalem: The Demand for Urgent Action
Featuring, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Jim Winkler, Rev. Dr. Mae Cannon, and Dr. Iva Caruthers
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For detailed information about the following:
- THE SPEAKERS
- PRECEDING CULTURAL EVENT