Christian Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Albany Area Event






THIS EVENT IS FREE and will include pizza and drinks! It is hosted by the Reformed Church in America, Churches for Middle East Peace, and the Synod of Albany.


March 15, 2018



First Reformed Church of Scotia

224 North Ballston Avenue

Scotia, NY 12302


What, Why, and Who:

As recent events have shown, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is as important and divisive as it has ever been. This is an opportunity to hear from two individuals, Drs. Joshua Vis and Mae Cannon, with expertise on the theological/biblical and historical/political issues associated with this conflict. Come and learn so that you can be an advocate for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. Dr. Vis and Dr. Cannon will discuss the role that the Bible can/should play in the conflict, the history of the conflict, and current realities in Israel and Palestine, with an ear towards addressing questions like these:

What are the implications of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel?

What are the available biblical positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What are the implications of these positions?

What are the key moments in the history of the conflict?

What are Israeli settlements? What role do they play in the conflict?

What is the role of the United States in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

The event will feature Rev. Dr. Joshua Vis, Church Engagement Facilitator for Israel and Palestine in the Reformed Church in America, and Rev. Dr. Mae Cannon, Executive Director of Churches of Middle East Peace. Josh has a doctorate in the Old Testament and taught New Testament at Central College for two years. He now heads up the work of the Reformed Church in America in Israel and Palestine, which includes taking groups on tours of Israel and Palestine. Mae received her doctorate in American History with a minor in Middle Eastern studies at the University of California (Davis) focusing on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of 27 national Church denominations and organizations working to encourage U.S. policies that actively promote just, lasting and comprehensive resolutions to conflicts in the Middle East.


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