United Methodists are invited to “Walk with Palestinian Christians … for holy justice and peace” at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Ohio August 7-8. The conference is sponsored by the denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries and Ginghamsburg Church.
United Methodists from around the world, particularly those who undertake to visit the Holy Land, are increasingly aware of the political realities that affect Palestinians and Israelis. Legislation addressing the region is regularly introduced at the United Methodist General Conference, and is often accompanied by passionate conversation and debate.
“Walking with Palestinian Christians . . . for holy justice and peace” will bring United Methodists and Palestinian Christians together and provide opportunities for prayer, fellowship and study.
Workshops will focus on biblical/theological perspectives; pilgrimage and presence; political, economic and social advocacy and actions; and involvement and positions within The United Methodist Church.
Plenary speakers include Mike Slaughter, Ginghamsburg Church; Lynne Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church; Alex Awad and other Palestinian Christians, and Global Ministries’ Thomas Kemper. Bishop Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary, World Methodist Council; Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, West Ohio Conference; and Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, North Carolina Conference and President of Global Ministries, also will participate.
A highlight of the conference will be a cultural evening: Telling the Story of Palestine – a Journey of Tears & Hope. The storytelling event will be preceded by a special dinner prepared by Palestinians in the Dayton, Ohio, area.
A full schedule is available on the conference website. Key staff and church leaders from across the Connection who want to be part of creating a just peace in Palestine and Israel are encouraged to register today.