The conference is organized by Bethlehem Bible College and will take place in Bethlehem, March 5-9, 2012. It aims is to provide an opportunity for Evangelical Christians to prayerfully seek a proper awareness of issues of peace, justice, and reconciliation in the context of the realities on the ground in the Palestinian Territories.
The overall theme of the conference will be Hope in the Midst of Conflict. The conference will focus on the ministry of the Palestinian Church in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The sessions and activities will have varied formats including lectures, interviews, field visits, workshops, and small group discussions. There will also be praise and worship, gospel choirs, and a series of short videos created specifically for the conference.
The conference will cover different topics including: Biblical Hope, Biblical Justice, Christian Zionism, Theology of the Land, Non-Violence, Peacemaking and the Church, and Reconciliation.
Each morning of the conference will offer an optional visit to the Bethlehem checkpoint. After this optional visit, the morning sessions will begin with worship and a Bible study focusing on hope, led by John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California.
The first evening of the conference, Day 1 (March 5th), will feature Dr. Bishara Awad, founder and president of Bethlehem Bible College, with an introduction to the college and its founding.
The first full day of the conference, Day 2 (March 6th), will focus on introducing participants to the Palestinian Church, both through its historical context and present challenges. After the morning worship and Bible Study, Palestinian Christian leaders Yohanna Katanacho and Labib Madanat will share about Palestinian Church, followed by a panel of Palestinian pastors who will speak about the daily realities of life and the church in Palestine. In the afternoon, the topic will be A Biblical Perspective of Hope for the Palestinian Church, and will include sessions by National Evangelical Alliance member Joel Hunter, and Rev. Samih Mouris (via video from Egypt), senior pastor of Kasr El Doubara Church in Cairo, which is the biggest and most influential Evangelical church in the Arab world today. The evening will feature well known author and founder of The Simple Way, Shane Claiborne.
Day Three (March 7th) will revolve around engaging with Christian Zionism. In the morning, speakers will tackle the issue of Christian Zionism from different perspectives, highlighting their difference of opinion. Speakers will include Wheaton Professor Gary Burge, Manfred Kohl, Munther Isaac and Rev. Wayne Hilsden, senior pastor of King of Kings Church in Jerusalem. In the afternoon, participants will have the option of going on a community tour or attending two of seven different breakout sessions. In the evening, a panel will introduce participants to the situation of the Palestinian Church in Israel. Lynne Hybels, co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church, will be leading a session on contemporary peacemaking.
The theme for Day Four (March 8th) will be Pathways to Justice and Peace. The morning will include a session by Ron Sider, founder of Evangelicals for Social Action, who will be discussing biblical justice, and Sami Awad, founder of Holy Land Trust, who will be focusing on non-violence. The afternoon will mirror that of Day Three, and participants will have the opportunity to either attend various breakout sessions or go on a community tour. In the evening, participants will hear from Palestinian women active in ministry. The last session of the night will be co-led by Salim Munayer, a Palestinian Christian, and Evan Thomas, a Messianic Jew, who both embody the ministry of reconciliation.
The last day, Day Five (March 9th), will focus on Christian peacemaking. In the morning, sessions will be held by Chris Wright from Langham International, Messianic Jewish author Richard Harvey, Ken Sande from the Peacemaker Ministries, and influential speaker and writer Tony Campolo. The afternoon will focus on peacemaking in action and will include sessions held by Chris Seiple from Global Engagement, and Sang Bok David Kim, chairman of the World Evangelical Alliance. Doug Birdsall, the director of Lausanne, will give a reflection on the conference, before a summary presentation is made and the conference is concluded with a message from Rev. Jack Sara, vice president of Bethlehem Bible College.
The conference will also include two film nights featuring the documentaries With God on Our Side and Little Town of Bethlehem.
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