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May 4, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Anne French and Emily Oshinskie and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

Salwa Duaibis and Gerrard HortonGerrard Horton of Military Court Watch and Salwa Duaibis, who works with the Women’s Center for Legal Aid, gave a presentation on the issue of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.  The work of Military Court Watch, a group of twelve lawyers from around the world, is guided by two principles:  that children detained ...

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April 30, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Anne French and Emily Oshinskie and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we had together.)

Our group spent about an hour walking in a neighborhood of Bethlehem where the separation wall isolates residents and shop owners in what used to be a thriving commercial district and tightly knit community.  We met the Anastas family, owners of Holy Star Gifts, whose home and shop are surrounded on three sides by the wall ...

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April 28, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Anne French and Emily Oshinskie and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we had together.)

Jane Hilal is the Head of the Water and Environment Research Unit with the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ).  Water is one of the most important issues in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, and Jane described the situation as a political problem of resource allocation rather than a lack of resources.  She explained ...

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April 24, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Anne French and Emily Oshinske and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

Drawing in the sand in an abandoned Palestinian courtyard in HebronHebron is a Palestinian city, the largest in the West Bank and the second largest in the occupied territories, Gaza city being the largest.  It is located about 20 miles south of Bethlehem and has a population of about 215,000 Palestinians, with about 700 settlers living in the Otniel settlement, in the heart of ...

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April 24, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Emily Oshinske and Anne French and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

Nathan Stock, the Director of the Israel/Palestine Field Office for the Carter Center, has developed relationships with various stakeholders in the region and has contributed to policy initiatives aimed at ending the conflict.   He had just returned from a visit with a colleague to Gaza when he met with us.  In his presentation Stock ...

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April 24, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Anne French and Emily Oshinskie and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

On Sunday, we attended Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church for a service in Arabic and portions in English. Rev. Victor Makari, Presbyterian Church (USA) Liaison for Ecumenical Partnership in Israel and Palestine. - whom we met the night before - preached in Arabic and highlighted for our group in English the important points of his sermon and welcomed ...

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April 14, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Anne French and Emily Oshinskie and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

The group visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem. A few of us made the short journey at the first light of day to arrive in time to witness the door to the oldest Christian church in the world being opened by a young Muslim man whose family has ...

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April 12, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Emily Oshinskie and Anne French and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

We had the privilege of hearing the stories of two young men who have refused to fulfill their compulsory participation in the Israeli military (IDF).  The first young man, Khaled, belongs to a small religious minority, the Druze, and as such, he presented a unique perspective.  Druze were historically offered some degree of special treatment ...

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April 11, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Emily Oshinskie and Anne French and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

We left our hotel this morning and rode up to the Mount of Olives, where we took a group photo overlooking the old city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.  We descended the path that Christ walked with his disciples and the crowds on Palm Sunday, and we stopped at the Church of the Agony ...

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April 10, 2016

The 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference - A Full Day Experiencing Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

Thursday was a full day.  In addition to visiting the Temple Mount first thing in the morning and meeting with the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, , we also visited Yad Vashem and heard from two notable Christian and Muslim leaders, Rev. Mitri Raheb and Professor Mustafa Abu Sway.

At midday we met with ...

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April 9, 2016

The Mosaic of Peace - Travel and our first morning in Jerusalem

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

Wednesday, April 6th - Arrival in Jerusalem

Everyone arrived safely in Jerusalem by dinnertime on Wednesday, after a long day of travel.  We gathered for dinner at our hotel, the Gloria, which is just inside the Jaffa Gate in the old city.  We gathered for worship and to go over the program booklets that were prepared by the Peacemaking Program and ...

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April 8, 2016

The 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference Begins with Orientation

Greetings from the Mosaic of Peace Conference in Israel and Palestine. The brief blog entries you will see over the coming days provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but the first opportunity we have to share some of our amazing experiences as they happen.  The conference is full and our time is limited.  We will do our best to post updates as we are able.  The peace of Christ be with you!

Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5 – Orientation ...

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July 12, 2013

2014 Peacemaking Conference in Israel/Palestine Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Mosaic of Peace conference in Israel/Palestine. During this twelve day conference participants will walk in the footsteps of the Prince of Peace and witness the inspirational stories of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders who work faithfully to bridge the divide between their communities.

While travelling through Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Capernaum, Galilee, and Nazareth, participants will focus on a theology of peace and reconciliation within the framework of PC(USA) policy, learning how to better support the effort of creating lasting peace in the Holy Land.

Click here to find out more ...

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