Sabeel Global Young Adult Festival

Global Young Adult Festival

“Imagine rebuilding a family's demolished home in one week. Or replanting a burned down olive grove in a day. Or challenging discrimination with the mischievous fun of a solidarity flash mob.

"These are the sorts of things you could be doing in Palestine and Israel this summer.”

- Sabeel's Festival Invitation

Dear colleagues: 
In spring of 2011 and 2012 I traveled to Palestine/Israel to learn about the painful, but also inspiring, realities of this troubled place. Both times I was hosted by colleagues at the Jerusalem-based Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, an organization that I believe is the best “midwife” for faith-based international visitors to the Holy Land. 

This spring I am home, but my mind and heart are very much with our friends still struggling for justice and peace in places like Hebron, Taybeh and Nazareth. This year, I want others to see what I saw.

The upcoming GLOBAL YOUNG ADULT FESTIVAL 2013, July 1– 6 provides such an opportunity. The Festival invitation reads: “Imagine rebuilding a family’s demolished home in one week. Or replanting a burned down olive grove in a day. Or challenging discrimination with the mischievous fun of a solidarity flash mob. These are the sorts of things you could be doing in Palestine and Israel this summer.” Indeed!

We at BCM strongly support this gathering, which will be co-hosted by another of our international partners, Diakonia (Sweden), and led by the indefatigable Sabeel staff Omar Haramy (pictured right). In this critical historical moment, I want to urge you, and/or a young adult friend of yours who has never been to Palestine/Israel, to attend. (Learn more.) 

I know it’s a big commitment of time and money. But I can testify that going to this place, and working with these people, will change your life—and maybe move a few mountains. As I was writing this, a local auto mechanic friend dropped by and plunked down $200 cash on my desk. “Use this for something good,” he said. Well, consider it a down payment. The first two people to contact us with a confirmation of their attendance will get $100 each from us to help defray a little cost.

Thanks for considering your support and participation in this important convergence of young leaders committed to faith and justice.
Easter blessings, Ched Myers