Grassroots movements that create spaces for dialogue and action across lines of difference form an essential building block of sustainable peace. What are the unique advantages and challenges to these efforts, and how do you create ethical frameworks that pursue open opportunities for exchange while also calling participants into action toward mutual flourishing that maximizes dignity, security, and freedom for all?
Join us to hear directly from Hands of Peace, a grassroots organization empowering American, Palestinian, and Israeli youth to become agents of change through immersive, dialogue-based summer programs in the U.S. We’ll hear firsthand how the program has shaped the lives and experiences of two alumni, Stav Arnon and Elias Hawila, and about the larger work of Hands of Peace from executive director Scott Rasmussen. Moderating will be Telos team member David Katibah.
One of the key challenges in transforming long-running conflict is the creation of communities of ordinary citizens who understand that their own flourishing is tied to that of their neighbor even when their neighbor is also their adversary. These networks foster a culture of respect and mutuality that both generates pressure for and sustains the necessary systemic changes required to create security, dignity and freedom for all the people of the land, in equal measure.
Join us in conversation with Avi Meyerstein whose vision led to the creation of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) a coalition of over 125 organizations—and tens of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis—building people-to-people cooperation, coexistence, equality, shared society, mutual understanding, and peace among their communities. We’ll also be joined by ALLMEP U.S. Director Kevin Rachlin and Chief of Staff to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Andy Braner who will talk about the recent historic passage of the Middle East Partnership for Peace Act, which will direct $250 million toward peacebuilding efforts in Israel/Palestine.
What can a nonviolent protest movement in the occupied West Bank teach us about peacemaking? And what can coalitions across lines of difference accomplish when they hold a shared commitment to nonviolence and human rights? Join us as we host a live screening and discussion of the documentary film, Budrus and hear from Executive Director of Just Vision, the organization behind the film, Suhad Babaa to answer these questions and more!
Budrus is an award-winning documentary film about Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites Palestinian political factions and invites Israeli supporters to join an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Wall. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today.
Suhad Babaa is a media strategist, producer, human rights advocate and the Executive Director of Just Vision, an organization that researches, documents and disseminates the stories of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity and equality for all.
Join us for a live screening of Resetting the Table’s, Purple, which presents a rare political conversation that uplifts, provokes, and inspires while going toward the heat of passionate political differences in rural Wisconsin and Iowa — a swing region in two bordering swing states.
We’ll have time for a Q and A with the creators of the film, and they will provide in-depth training on how to bring the film back to our own communities to spark dialogue and action across lines of difference close to home.
We’re excited to announce a time of celebration, music, and art as we gather together to bring in the new year and hear from Telos alumni Ted and Kellie Haddock! Ted is the author/photographer of Meditations on Peace in Israel and Palestine, a stunning book of photos exploring the features and sites of the Holy Land (if you’re a trip alumni and you sent us your address earlier this year, you received a copy!). Kellie is a singer-songwriter whose Christmas album, Peace on Earth was inspired in part by her trip with Telos to the Holy Land.
As we bring in a new year and close the page on one we may all want to leave behind, let us take a moment to pause and appreciate the beauty of the sights, sounds, and community we all have around us.
In this Part 2, nonviolence expert and practitioner from Bethlehem, Sami Awad, along with musician, author and creator of The Beatitudes Project Stu G from Nashville, Tennessee will join us for a discussion centered on Jesus’ claim, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
We’ll cover the role of nonviolence in personal and societal transformation and discuss Peacemaking Principle #5: Nonviolence | “Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.” —Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Telos co-founder and executive director Todd Deatherage moderating.
Join us in Centering the Leadership of the Marginalized (Practice 4) as we invite Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac, Palestinian theologian, author, and pastor of the Christmas Church in Bethlehem to share about his work in Bethlehem. Also joining us will be Rev. Bill Haley, founder of Coracle and co-founder of The Repentance Project.
We’ll discuss Rev. Isaac’s new book “The Other Side of the Wall,” which challenges theologies from the West that have been weaponized against him and others like him in the Holy Land. Telos co-founder and President Greg Khalil will moderate the conversation.
In our age of toxic polarization, we’re quick to make enemies of others and often fail to build meaningful relationships with those different from us, especially those from the “opposite side.” Yet relationships across lines of difference are at the core of peacemaking. Why are these relationships so important, and how can we practically begin to build them and overcome our contempt?
Join us as we hear from an esteemed panel of peacemakers whose lives exemplify this difficult work. On the panel will be Lisa Jernigan, co-founder of Amplify Peace, a global peacemaking movement, as well as Robi Damelin and Layla Alsheikh, Israeli and Palestinian mothers who have formed an unlikely friendship through their work building a reconciliation process in Israel/Palestine with the Parents Circle – Families Forum, an joint Israeli and Palestinian organization of bereaved families. Moderating the discussion will be Telos Co-founder and Executive Director, Todd Deatherage.
Lisa Jernigan is an advocate, speaker and trainer for global engagement. She is the Co-Founder of Amplify Peace, a global movement promoting the principles of peacemaking to create change in our world through trainings, resources and transformational immersive encounters locally and globally. She believes that women are at the forefront of a collective transformation of peacemaking and has traveled to the Middle East and Africa to meet and collaborate with faith and community leaders.
Layla Alsheikh is from Bethlehem but was born in Jordan. She first joined the Parents Circle – Families Forum in 2017 and became a member within two months. She shares her own personal story of losing her son in lectures inside Israel, Palestine and around the world to spread the message of peace and reconciliation, as well as the power of sharing our personal stories.
Robi Damelin has dedicated her life to the message of reconciliation and non-violence at the Parents Circle, which she joined after her son David was killed by a Palestinian sniper. She is the spokesperson and director of International Relations. Robi is originally from South Africa and lives in Jaffa. She was voted one of the 50 most influential women in 2015 by ”Women in the World” and received the Women’s Peace Maker award from the Joan Kroc School of Peace Studies , San Diego. She is the protagonist of the award winning documentary, “One Day after Peace” (Director: Erez Laufer).
Todd Deatherage spent sixteen years in senior positions in the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government before co-founding the Telos Group. From 2005 to 2009, he was Chief of Staff in the Secretary of State’s Office of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department.