Tuesday, September 30, 2008

'Friend' Sabeel on Facebook

If you've visited us here at Sabeel and are interested in keeping in touch with the friends you made here in Palestine and Israel, you might want to consider 'friending' Sabeel on Facebook.

Just search for Sabeel's profile on the most exquisite procrastination device ever created. It's a great way to keep up with friends and with Sabeel's local programs. Nicolas posts pictures of local programs on our Facebook site, and what better way to harrass Omar from afar than asking him lots of questions on the Facebook wall?

Alright, so it's a bit cheesy, but hey, we're all friends here, right?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Dates of Next Sabeel Young Adult Conference

Just an announcement of the dates of the next Sabeel International Young Adult Conference!

The next Young Adult Conference will be held from July 22-August 2, 2009. Start telling your friends, your churches, your young adult groups, and anyone else you can think of!

We haven't yet decided on a theme--if you have any suggestions, let us know by commenting on this post or by emailing us at youngfriendsofsabeel@gmail.com.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Want to speak about your experiences in Palestine?

For those of you from the U.S., here is an opportunity to share your story with others. If you're not from the U.S., do you know of a similar initiative in your country? Are you interested in contacting your regional Friends of Sabeel office to see if you could start a Speaker's Bureau to organize presentations and speakers on the situation for Palestinians, the Palestinian-Christian community, and prospects for a just peace in Palestine and Israel?

Let us know by commenting on this blog post or by emailing us at youngfriendsofsabeel@gmail.com!

From Friends of Sabeel North America:

Dear Friends: Have you ever wanted to speak about your experiences in Palestine? You will be provided the chance to speak through a new project sponsored by the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights Foundation (AAPER Foundation). AAPER Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to inform the American public about the situation in Palestine, particularly the human and national rights of the Palestinian people. Their website can be found at http://www.americansforpalestine.org/.

As part of its educational work and its Five for Palestine Campaign (http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001IrJz44YchX9sdzfC5DcDOYcqGT63rWP_Flj7_5KxttXJZIe2C78GfUcOxrmnPZ_HnTavvYtekqGTDsPDcDxmNBKuoxIUXv_pnajQoTVJws32ohXAR3JLqQm0UqfZFKuJ), the AAPER Foundation is developing a list of speakers from across the United States to speak about and educate their fellow citizens in their respective states and communities on the situation in Palestine. And because we constantly hear that participants in Sabeel witness trips to Palestine would like opportunities to speak to audiences about what they have seen and learned, we want to include them on the speakers list.

If you are interested, the AAPER Foundation can provide you with well-researched, nicely-designed and very professional informational materials, a compelling PowerPoint presentation, training workshops and speaking opportunities in your area.
If you would be interested in participating in this project, please send an email to: info@aaper.org or call (202) 683-8438.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Young Adult Conference in Latest Issue of Cornerstone

Hello friends!

The 2008 Sabeel Young Adult Conference is featured prominently in the latest issue of Cornerstone, Sabeel's quarterly English publication. Several reflections from the young adult conference, a summary of one of our collaborative Bible studies, and pictures from conference participant Jay Gregory are all worth seeing.

You can access the latest issue of Cornerstone, in PDF format, on our website: http://www.sabeel.org/pdfs/Corner50%20-2008.pdf

Let us know what you think!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Photo essay from a Young Adult Conference participant

Umayyah Cable, one of our participants from last year's Sabeel Young Adult conference, has created a photo exhibit and a short essay based on her time here. The exhibit is called "Palestine and Palestinians: Cultural Survival Amidst a Ravaged Geography." Her photos are beautiful and well worth your time to see! You can view it at:


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Great work Umayyah!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Read about the 2008 Young Adult Conference

This summer, Sabeel held its third Young Adult Conference, entitled "1948: The Nakba, Justice, and Beyond."

To read reflections from conference participants and few some of the pictures of the conference, check out this link: http://sabeelyoungadultconference.blogspot.com/

Welcome to YFOS!

Welcome to the Young Friends of Sabeel blog!

Young Friends of Sabeel (YFOS) was organized out of the desire by memebers of the international community to support the work of Sabeel Ecumencial Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. Sabeel, an ecumenical grassroots movement among Palestinians, seeks to make the Gospel contexually relevant, and strives to develop a spirituality based on justice, peace, nonviolence, liberation, and reconciliation for the different faith communities. The word "Sabeel" in Arabic means "the way" and also a "channel" or "spring" of life-giving water.

YFOS supports the work of Sabeel through education, advocacy, conferences, solidarity visits, partner-to-partner projects, and financial contributions. Young people, as a network of friends throughout the world, work in partnership with Sabeel to help bring about a just and durable peace for Palestine and Israel.

Young Friends of Sabeel educate other young adults around the world about the realitis of the Israeli occupation and how to work for peace with justice. We can help you with:
  • Publications, resource materials and bibliographies
  • Resources on the Sabeel website (http://www.sabeel.org/)
  • Worship and reflection tools such as the Contemporary Way of the Cross
  • Lectures and presentations from young adults who will come to your town

Young friends of Sabeel advocate for peace with justice through nonviolent means. We work together on:

  • Morally Responsible Investment (http://www.sabeel.org/pdfs/mri.htm)
  • Solidarity demonstrations
  • Internet strategies
  • Young Adult Conferences
  • How to's for community meetings, teach-ins and rallies

Young Friends of Sabeel participate in building a community of people who care:

  • Global partnerships
  • Volunteering
  • Lobbying for change
  • Media activism

Interested in joining YFOS? Want to request specific resources? Let us know what you are looking for from the YFOS network. Tell us what you want to see on this blog. Get in touch with us at Youngfriendsofsabeel@gmail.com

Whatever your gifts are, we need you!