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2019
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP): Election 2020: Palestine…Working for Justice
28–30 November 2019; Chicago, Illinois, USA
Kairos Palestine and Sabeel Conferences
29 Nov–7 December, 2019; Bethlehem and Jerusalem, PALESTINE
2020
Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice: 2020 Theme – Climate Change
24–27 April, 2020; Washington, DC, USA
Christ at the Checkpoint 2020
5–9 June 2020  •  Bethlehem, PALESTINE

AMP’s12th Annual Palestine Convention:
Election 2020: Palestine…Working for Justice

•  28-30 November 2019  •  Chicago, Illinois, USA
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

As we draw closer to the 2020 election season, issues related to Palestine and the Muslim community have become a focal point in our national conversation. From the Kushner deal to the proposal of bills attempting to criminalize BDS, matters affecting our communities are at the center of national debate. It is imperative that we take advantage of the positioning of these topics at the forefront of our national dialogue; we must focus on the strategic placement of Palestine.

Social justice organizing in the political arena should be centered on assessing what is already underway and positioning ourselves to take advantage of the forces that are at play, both those working with and against us. Candidates must be held accountable for their policy positions when it comes to Palestine, and our community should be informed regarding what type of legislation candidates in various races plan to support.

The AMP conference this year seeks to concentrate its various tracks on examining the various dimensions and implications of these issues in relation to this contentious election season.

Learn more and register: https://www.palestineconvention.org

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Attend Kairos Palestine and Sabeel Jerusalem Events in One Trip: November-December 2019

Kairos Palestine and Sabeel Jerusalem are scheduling their 2019 events consecutively, so that supporters can attend both in one trip to Palestine.

The Kairos Palestine conference will be held on the 29 November to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The Sabeel International Gathering will be held on 2-7 December. See more below.

Kairos Palestine 10th Anniversary Conference

2019 marks the 10 year anniversary of the launch of the Kairos Palestine document. Therefore an international conference will be held in Bethlehem in Dar Al Kalima University College on November 29th, 2019 that is also the international solidarity day with the Palestinian people. This year’s conference topic is “ 10 years of Kairos, Past present and future.” This year’s conference is of great importance as it commemorates the work of the past 10 years and discuss the approach of future work. it also serves as a space for the international friends and partners to re-strengthen as well as to exchange achievements,
strategies, and campaigns.
Download the Program for this conference
Learn more from Kairos Palestine
Register here: http://atg.ps/register/
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Palestinian Theologies In Action: An International Gathering for Friends and Supporters of Sabeel


•  2-7 December 2019  • Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Palestine

Come and bring your friends! It will be a time of fellowship, friendship, and renewal, as well as a
time to learn and discuss.
    It is said that theology is like a cross which vertically leads humanity to God, and horizontally leads us to our neighbour. For Palestinian Christians, this link was damaged during the Nakba. Unable to go back to our former theological thinking while struggling to find a way forward….the bible was used to grant approval to the tragedy of the Palestinian people. This is the Faith Nakba, from which various Palestinian Christian theologies have sprung. We at Sabeel believe it is now time to celebrate these theologies… Read more online

This Gathering will explore following themes:
1. Realities on the Ground
2. The Theologies of Palestine
3. Theology in Action.
We will hear from activists, organisations, and individuals from various backgrounds. We will take part in action, and we will endeavour to answer the question of how theology can lead to action in order to achieve a just peace. We call on our friends to come and join us at this important gathering. Your presence gives us hope and encouragement as together we continue on the path of peace with justice. Learn more from Sabeel and register

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice

• 24-27 April 2020  • Washington, DC, USA

Climate change affects everyone and disproportionately affects those struggling to overcome poverty. 2020 will be a pivotal year for the United States and the world with a general election that will set the course for the next four years – with an enduring impact on climate and economic justice.
Save the Date for Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2020, April 24-27, on re-imagining community for God’s earth and people. Come to learn about the intersection of climate change and economic injustice, and to advocate for climate justice.
“As the indigenous people of Colombia we are part of . . .the environment created by God. Therefore, we ask that the mistreatment of ‘Mother Earth’ cease.”
– Guaviare indigenous leader, quoted in Instrumentum Laboris: The Amazon: New Path for the Church and Integral Ecology.
“We look for — and speed the coming of — the new heavens and a new earth, where justice is at home.” (2 Peter 3:12,13)

PALESTINE PORTAL’S NOTE: With a focus on every geographic region in the world, EAD always includes excellent workshops and action for justice and peace in Israel/Palestine

Check here for more information on EAD 2020 as it becomes available:
https://advocacydays.org/about-ead/future-planned-national-gatherings/2020-national-gathering

Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.
Learn more about EAD: https://advocacydays.org

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Christ at the Checkpoint 2020

• 5–9 June 2020  •  Bethlehem, PALESTINE
christatthecheckpoint.bethbc.edu

Join is in the year 2020 in Bethlehem for the sixth international Christ at the Checkpoint conference. The theme will be Hope and Resilience in a Broken World. Join us as what we consider what it means to follow Christ in the shadow of walls and conflict, and how to be resilient in our Christian witness, keep hope alive, seek just peace and truth, and preach good news in the midst of a broken world.

We are a community of evangelical Christians who believe that following Jesus with integrity means that our lives are formed by our love for God, the teaching of the Bible and a fearless life of discipleship in the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that one of the first hallmarks of discipleship is love for both our own community and for our
enemies. We wish to find Jesus at the center of everything we do and to make his life our life. Which means finding courageous love for Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews alike.

See the Program
https://christatthecheckpoint.bethbc.edu/catc2020-program/
Accommodations
https://christatthecheckpoint.bethbc.edu/accommodation/

The Christ at the Checkpoint Manifesto
1. The Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim the prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel.
2. Reconciliation recognizes God’s image in one another.
3. Racial ethnicity alone does not guarantee the benefits of the Abraham Covenant.
4. The church in the land of the Holy One has borne witness to Christ since the days of Pentecost. It must be empowered to continue to be light and salt in the region, if there is to be hope in the midst of conflict.
5. Any exclusive claim to land of the Bible in the name of God is not in line with the teaching of scripture.
6. All forms of violence must be refuted unequivocally.
7. Palestinian Christians must not lose the capacity for self-criticism if they wish to remain prophetic.
8. There are real injustices taking place in the Palestinian territories, and the suffering of the Palestinian people can no longer be ignored. Any solution must respect the equity and rights of Israeli and Palestinian communities.
9. For Palestinian Christians, the occupation is the core issue of the conflict.
10. Any challenge to the injustices taking place in the Holy Land must be done in Christian love. Criticism of Israel and the occupation cannot be confused with anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of the State of Israel.
11. Respectful dialogue between Palestinian and Messianic believers must continue. Though we may disagree on secondary matters of theology, the gospel of Jesus and his ethical teaching take precedence.
12. Christians must understand the global context for the rise of extremist Islam. We challenge stereotyping of all faith forms that betray God’s commandment to love our neighbors and enemies.

Learn more:
https://christatthecheckpoint.bethbc.edu/

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