“Wrestling With Reconciliation”- Tree of Life Conference on Palestine and Israel

Posted in on January 25, 2013 by .

When: Mar 3, 1:00 pm

Where: Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ, 4790 SE Logus Road, Milwaukie, OR

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The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is proud to announce our co-sponsorship of the Tree of Life Conference on Palestine and Israel, “Wrestling With Reconciliation”.  

The Tree of Life is a sacred symbol for many cultures and faiths across our world. It reminds us that all of creation is deeply interrelated and interconnected. World peace and harmony depend on our realization of this truth. This is especially critical in the Holy Land where the children of Abraham — Muslims, Jews and Christians — share that sacred place.

The 2013 Tree of Life Conference on Palestine and Israel will be amplifying and celebrating the under-reported voices of conscience in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and exploring how we, in this country, should respond to work toward reconciliation. We will listen to Jewish, Muslim, and Christian peacemakers share their insights and personal stories, and share Middle Eastern reception together in the sacred task of peacemaking.

A Registration Form follows this Speakers List.


1:00 Registration/Craft and Book Sale/1:30 Speakers & Program/5:30 Middle Eastern Reception


Cindy and Craig Corrie: The parents of Rachel Corrie, a young American who died defending Palestinian homes from demolition in Israel, will share her story and their struggle for justice with the Israeli court system.

Canon Richard Toll: Dick is on the board of Friends of Sabeel-North America. He will tell us of their work for a justice and peace between the Palestinians and Israelis, the Boycott-Divest-Sanction movement, human rights work, and the trips they offer.

Wael Elasady: Wael Elasady, a Muslim, is the grandson of Palestinians who fled to Syria losing their home in 1948. He will share the plight of the Palestinians and his family’s story.

Maya Rotem: Maya, an Israeli Jew, born and raised in Jerusalem, has been involved with Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, the Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement, and has worked closely with activists documenting Israeli attacks by settlers and the army in Palestinian neighborhoods.

Maxine Fookson: Maxine is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who visited Gaza (Palestine) with health delegations from Physicians for Social Responsibility. She is active with the Portland chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, working for a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians.

Mary Morris: Mary volunteered with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Bethlehem witnessing Palestinian crossings at the checkpoints and protecting Palestinian children on their way to school.

Ned Rosch: Ned participated in a Witness for Peace delegation of Muslims, Christians and Jews that traveled to Palestine/Israel in 1989 during the first Intifada. He visited the West Bank and Gaza. Firmly believing that Jews must play a prominent role in the fight for justice for Palestinians, he was one of the founders of the Portland chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Rev. Diane Dulin: Diane, pastor of Hillsboro First Congregational UCC, participated in several pilgrimages to the Holy Land. She will present the Kairos Document and “Keep Hope Alive” which involves helping harvest olives with West Bank farmers, taking part in educational presentations, and meeting local residents and activists. This program has ties to the United Church of Christ through our missionary presence in East Jerusalem.

Jennifer Grosvenor: Jennifer is a member of Central Lutheran Church’s “Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land.” She will sell olive oil and delicacies from Palestine as part of the Canaan Fair Trade. She will also teach how to be involved in the sale of these products.

Curtis Bell: Curt was born in the Bahrain of American parents and went to high school in Beirut Lebanon. He is
active in a Peace Action Group of the First Unitarian Church of Portland. He will explain the divestment movement regarding TIAA-CREF and how me might add our voices to a letter sent by many national denominational leaders to Congress.

Tree of Life Brochure & Registration form

Kairos-Milwaukie UCC
Friends of Sabeel-North America
Tree of Life Education Fund,
First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, Ct.
Christ the Healer UCC,
If Americans Knew
Portland-Jewish Voice for Peace
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice