Su McClennan from Embrace the Middle East (www.embraceme.org) came to speak to us on 15 January to help us to learn more about the situation in Israel and Palestine. Around 20 people came for this fascinating insight into the issues and the way in which people are affected. Su spoke with authority and compassion.
Embrace the Middle East was one of the organisations involved in the creation of the “Kairos Britain” document which calls Christians in Britain to work for peace and justice in Israel/Palestine. Our own Kairos Action Plan (see our website for more information under “Concerned for Creation”) sets out our plan for considering whether and how we might respond.
The next opportunity to get involved will be on Wednesday 29 January at 8pm when we are having an informal get together in the Church Hall to continue the discussion. Everyone is welcome, whether on not they came to Su’s talk. We will share a glass of wine and a few appropriate nibbles, show a couple of short videos and encourage people to discuss the issues and their feelings about the situation.
As part of my personal commitment to peace and justice, I am going out to Bethlehem on 3 February for two months. I will be staying with a refugee family in Bethlehem. I have been invited to spend some of the time at The Holy Land Trust (www.holylandtrust.org) getting involved with their programme. The following is a quote from their values – “We strongly believe the only way to move forward is by engaging in a deep healing process. Our projects are designed to create the spaces to raise one’s mindfulness and capacity for compassion towards the other, learn to listen without judgment or prejudice, and break the chains of fear and mistrust.” I think I will learn a lot from being involved with these projects. In order to keep in touch I will maintain a blog (kenperrett.blogspot.co.uk ) and write a weekly newsletter which Tracy will post at Church.