Listening to Voices from Israel and Palestine: An Interfaith Forum

October 30, 2008

An interfaith forum, “The Voices Program,” will bring together Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Contra Costa County, California on three occasions in the coming weeks—to view three powerful films and hear the stories of Palestinians and Jewish people who are struggling daily with the conflicts in Israel and Palestine.

There will be a discussion period following the viewing of the films. The sessions will employ “compassionate listening” concepts to help people hear, without imposing judgment, stories of people who have an entirely different perspective from their own.
 
Through efforts such as this, the interfaith community can build understanding that will lead to interfaith advocacy for peace with justice in Israel and Palestine.
 
The series is sponsored by the Israel-Palestine Task Force of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
 
Gathering times (all are Tuesdays) are:
 
Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Beth Chaim
1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville, CA 74506
Film and Discussion: The Children of Abraham
 
Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Alamo, San Ramon Valley UMC Wesley Center
902 Danville Blvd., Alamo, CA 94507
Film and Discussion: Crossing the Lines, Part 1
 
Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at San Ramon Islamic Center
2232 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583
Film and Discussion: Crossing the Lines, Part 2
 
Everyone is encouraged to attend.
 
If you are interested in scheduling another compassionate listening interfaith series on Israel and Palestine, contact Doug Smith, Chair of the Israel/Palestine Task Force, at dsmith@pacific.edu.