| Conference on justice and peace
in the Holy Land at CTK
"Voices for Justice & Peace in the Holy Land," a March 21-22 conference co-hosted by NorCal Friends of Sabeel and Christ the King Church in Pleasant Hill, offers the opportunity to hear from and talk with Christian, Muslim, Jewish and secular leaders, scholars and activists about the situation in Palestine/Israel.
Sabeel is an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land, who seek a just peace based on two states — Palestine and Israel. Friends of Sabeel-North America is a nonprofit, Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through non-violence and education.
Kate Doherty, pastoral associate at Christ the King, said the conference brings "all these voices into the conversation."
The parish has hosted speakers in the past, Doherty said, who tell "the other side of the story about the Israel-Palestine conflict."
"It can raise awareness," she said. "It was an important story to be heard."
Interfaith worship will be led by a local imam, a rabbi from Jewish Voice for Peace, and Father Brian Joyce, pastor of Christ the King.
The conference will begin at noon March 21 at the church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill, and end at 4 p.m. the following day.
Among the topics of workshops are causes of turmoil in the Middle East; life for Palestinians under occupation; the South African anti-apartheid movement and the Palestinian struggle; and Palestine and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
The keynote address, "One Common Struggle for Justice and Equality," will be given by Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler, an African American pastor and activist devoted to human rights, on Friday evening.
The conference will end with "Palestine and the Legacy of MLK," a talk by Dr. Lonnie Bristow, a medical doctor who studied at Morehouse College with King, and Clayborne Carson, professor and director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
Registration is available at http://fosna.org/content/san-francisco-bay-area-build-peace. Early-registration pricing is available until March 14. One-day passes and student tickets are also available.
Among the more than 50 organizations co-sponsoring the event are All Saints Catholic Church, Hayward, Justice and Peace Ministry/Service Commission; Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose; Dominican Sisters of San Rafael; Father Bill O'Donnell Social Justice Committee, Newman Nonviolent Peacemakers; JustFaith Ministries; Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers; Newman Hall/Holy Spirit Parish, Berkeley; Oakland Catholic Worker; St. Agnes Church, Concord; St. Bonaventure Catholic Community, Concord; St. Columba Church, Oakland; St. Mary Magdalen Church, Berkeley; and St. Perpetua Church, Lafayette.
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