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FOSNA/Maryknoll Links

Written by Manny Hotchkiss
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Manny Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

At a Friends of Sabeel (FOSNA.org) Leadership Conference this July in Portland, Oregon, we were happy to see that Sabeel, the voice of the Palestinian Christians, intersects with Maryknoll. Naim Ateek, an Episcopal priest from Nazareth, founded the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem over 25 years ago. Orbis has published several of his books: Faith and the Intifada: Palestinian Christian Voices was published in 1992; Justice and Only Justice, and A Palestinian Christian Cry For Reconciliation discuss liberation theology as it pertains to Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

Before Naim Ateek’s talk(l to r): Joan McClellan (Portland Fellowship of
Reconciliation), Rev. Canon Richard K. Toll, Rev. Naim Ateek, and Manny Hotchkiss.

Naim Ateek, one of the  FOSNA conference speakers, emphasized four points of liberation theology: 

  • Stand for truth and justice without violence. Resist evil without doing evil. 
  • Rise above the ways of the world without abandoning your involvement and commitment to the poor and oppressed. 
  • Seek the humanity of the oppressor without appeasement or collaboration. 
  • Stay true to your faith, loving and worshiping without becoming rigid and closed. 

Omar Haramy, administrator of Sabeel in Jerusalem, said South American liberation theologian Gustavo Gutierrez may participate in a future Sabeel conference. 

The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns’ Middle East Notes frequently mention Sabeel, Naim Ateek, Palestinian liberation theology, and BDS. The whole June 25, 2015 issue (maryknollogc.org/article/middle-east-notes-june-25-2015) addressed BDS, the worldwide movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanction against entities that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Have you travelled to Israel/Palestine recently, or been involved in Sabeel or BDS? Please send your reflections to the NSFA.

 

 

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