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Holy Land peace discussion set for Oct. 29 in Holland

• Oct 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM

HOLLAND — West Michigan residents are invited to join the conversation about the realities affecting Israelis and Palestinians at a program at Third Reformed Church in Holland on Monday, Oct. 29.

It will begin at 7 p.m. at the church, 111 W. 13th St.

Three internationally known speakers will share observations and insights on how people in the United States can play a positive role in pursuing peace and justice in the Holy Land. 

The Pilgrimage to Peace program will include the Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace. She received her doctorate in American History and Middle Eastern studies at the University of California (Davis) focusing on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine.She is also the author of “A Land Full of God,” an award-winning social justice handbook, and other books on spirituality and justice.

Also presenting is Sami Awad, the executive director of Holy Land Trust. HLT works with the Palestinian community at both the grass-roots and leadership levels in developing nonviolent approaches that aim to end the Israeli occupation and to establish a future built on nonviolence, equality and justice.

The third speaker is Jessica Montell, a leading figure in the Israeli human rights community for two decades. She is the executive director of HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual and a frequent speaker and commentator on human rights, international humanitarian law and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Kairos West Michigan is the sponsoring organization for the event. Spokesman George Hunsberger says that within the last year there have been a number of actions between the United States and Israel-Palestine that have the public wondering what effect it may have on residents of both countries and how informed citizens might contribute to solutions for peaceful outcomes. This evening will allow us to learn and reflect on our place in the dilemma facing the world.    

KWM is a nonprofit organization that educates and mobilizes Christians and others in West Michigan to promote a just peace in Israel-Palestine and invites speakers with international stature to present in the area several times a year. There will be an opportunity for dialogue with attendees and the speakers. 

The program will also be presented at the Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, and at the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.

All of the events are free to the public.


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