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Holy Land Committee Social Justice Forum Series

The St. John’s Holy Land Committee (HLC) invites you to participate in our new three-part series starting July 12 which will focus on advocating for social justice in the Holy Land. Although the adult forum series ended in June, the HLC is hosting this new series in light of the Israeli government’s threat to annex — as early as July 1st — as much as 30% of the West Bank it has occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Our new “Social Justice in the Holy Land” series will feature three speakers with a range of expertise to provide Episcopal, ecumenical, and Palestinian Christian views of the military occupation and social justice efforts to counter it and to gain dignity and equal treatment for the oppressed. Additional details:

On July 12, in partnership with St. John’s Faith in Action Team, Brian Grieves, Director of the Episcopal Church’s Peace and Justice Ministries, will talk about the Church’s position on a broad spectrum of social justice issues, including the Holy Land. The Rev. Dr. Brian Grieves has been a key leader in the Episcopal Church’s global peace, justice, and advocacy work for 21 years, serving nine presiding bishops. Lisa Raisner will moderate. You can view the recording of this forum here.

On July 19, Kyle Cristofalo, Senior Advocacy and Government Relations specialist at Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), will discuss CMEP’s work. Kyle’s talk will focus on CMEP’s view of the situation in the Holy Land which moves them to act on behalf of social justice, their overall strategy for doing this, and their actions to pursue social justice thus far. Prior to CMEP, Kyle worked on Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on Legislation, coordinating lobbying and training grassroots advocates. Kirk Campbell will moderate. You can view the recording of this forum here.

On July 26, Mark Braverman, Executive Director of Kairos USA, will talk about the Palestinian Christian call for assistance and the global Kairos (biblically, “the right time”) movement that has emerged in response to it. Mark will connect this movement and the theology at its core with the struggle against racism and injustice which has come to the forefront of our awareness in America. Mark is also a co-founder of Friends of Tent of Nations North America, a non-profit dedicated to supporting Palestinian land rights and peaceful co-existence in historic Palestine. Maura Lynch will moderate.