Sunday, September 29, 2013

International Peacemaking

The conflicts in the Middle East have certainly been in the news a lot recently. Secretary of State John Kerry has made headlines by working to again bring the Israeli and Palestinians to the peace negotiating table. In the face of these negotiations, an announcement has been made of the approval of an additional 3000 new homes in Jewish settlements within the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

What is the real situation “on the ground” in Israel and Palestine? We have several opportunities to increase our understanding of the complexities of matters in the Holy Land.

An International Peacemaker is coming to Arizona to share her first-hand knowledge and experience with us. The Peace and Justice Network of the Presbytery of Grand Canyon is pleased to sponsor the visitor, Nora Kort, a Palestinian Christian and International Peacemaker. Arrangements for her to visit Presby-terian churches in our area were made through the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program of the PCUSA. Ms. Kort was born and raised in Jerusalem.

Nora Kort will be speaking at University Presbyterian Church in Tempe on Saturday, October 19th at 10:00 a.m. Nora was one of the co-authors of the Kairos Palestine document – a Moment of Truth. This document is the Christian Palestinian’s word to the world about what is happening in Palestine. She will be speaking about Kairos Palestine also at University Church on Saturday, October 19th at 1:00 p.m.

Faith Presbyterian Church in Sun City has invited Ms. Kort to present the message at the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, October 20th. Another opportunity to hear her will be at Desert Palms Presbyterian Church in Sun City West at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 20th.

Don't miss one of these opportunities to hear Ms. Kort speak!

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