Join us for a live discussion with David Osit, director of the award-winning documentary MAYOR. The film explores the real-life political saga of Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in office.
Surrounded on all sides by Israeli settlements and soldiers, most people in Ramallah will never have the chance to travel more than a few miles outside their home, which is why Mayor Musa Hadid is determined to make the city a beautiful and dignified place to live. His immediate goals: repave the sidewalks, attract more tourism, and plan the city’s Christmas celebrations. His ultimate mission: to end the occupation of Palestine. Rich with detailed observation and a surprising amount of humor, MAYOR offers a portrait of dignity amidst the madness and absurdity of endless occupation while posing a question: how do you run a city when you don’t have a country?
Join us for a live recording of the Telos Check-In with the Telos team. We’ll discuss the escalating violence in Israel/Palestine, answer your questions on the ground about what’s happening and what it means for peace in the region, and hear from our friends on the ground.
The Holy Land is on edge as escalating violence between Hamas and Israel, and within communities across Israel, have caused widespread property damage, innumerable casualties, and a tragically increasing death toll. But behind the escalations are the struggles of Palestinians contending with police violence at sacred sites, the forced evictions of residents in East Jerusalem, and a failed leadership that has cancelled the first elections in 16 years. How is the next generation of Palestinians responding to these crises?
Join as to hear from Issa Amro, a Palestinian grassroots nonviolence leader, as we discuss what’s happening in Jerusalem and across Israel/Palestine, what it means for the future of peace and Palestinian democracy, and how grassroots leaders are fighting for a new future for their people. Moderated by Jack Saba.
The BAFTA-winning and Oscar nominated new documentary short, The Present, artfully depicts the difficult and humiliating experiences of Palestinians navigating Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank, as Yusuf and his daughter travel to buy his wife an anniversary gift.
Stream the film on Netflix (~24 minutes), and join us for a live discussion with the film’s director, Farah Nabulsi!
For the first time in 16 years, Palestinians were preparing to cast their votes for President and the Legislative Council. But within just weeks of the elections, President Mahmoud Abbas postponed the votes, citing Israeli officials failure to guarantee the voting rights of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Many observers, though, point to the splintering of Abbas’ Fatah party as the reason behind the delay. Join us as we discuss this development, Palestinian politics, and the future of Palestinian democracy. We are honored to be joined by distinguished Palestinian leader, legislator, activist and scholar, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi.
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi is a distinguished Palestinian leader, legislator, activist, and scholar who served as a member of the Leadership Committee and as an official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process, beginning with the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991. Making history as the first woman to hold a seat in the highest executive body in Palestine, she was elected as member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 2009 and most recently in 2018. She resigned in 2020. In 1996, Dr. Ashrawi was appointed as the Palestinian Authority Minister of Higher Education and Research. She was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council representing Jerusalem in 1996, and she was re-elected for the “Third Way” bloc ticket in 2006. As a civil society activist, she founded the Independent Commission for Human Rights (1994), MIFTAH, the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (1998) and AMAN, the National Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (1999). She serves on the advisory and international boards of several global, regional and local organizations, and she is the recipient of numerous awards from all over the world, , including the distinguished French decoration, “d’Officier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur” (2016), and several academic accolades, including eleven honorary doctorates from universities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Arab world.
Evangelical Christians have become in recent years one of the most salient groups in U.S. politics, holding strong positions on an array of contentious issues—support for Israel being one among them. But why do evangelicals care so deeply about a nation halfway across the world? What difference does it make for those on the ground? And despite the headlines, can they be a force for peace in Israel/Palestine and beyond? Join us for our mini-series investigating the complex and consequential relationship between Evangelicals, Israel/Palestine, and Peacemaking–April 2021.
As nearly 30% of the U.S. electorate, the evangelical Christian community in the U.S. has the opportunity for massive impact on issues of justice, reconciliation, and peace. But these communities have often neglected the call to be peacemakers, as laid out in Matthew 5:9. Can evangelical communities reclaim this call and be a force for peace?
Join us to hear an esteemed panel of Christian leaders who are working in evangelical communities to do just that. We’ll hear about the movements they lead that are healing conflict and changing the script on injustice, and discuss how local leaders can shepherd their communities into the work of peacemaking. Moderating will be Telos team member David Katibah.
Christy Vines: President and CEO, Ideos
Jenny Yang: Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, World Relief
Martin Brooks: President, Peace Catalyst International
Andrew Hanauer: President and CEO, One America Movement
Many American Christians care deeply about modern Israel. Some see events that transpire in the Holy Land as fulfillment of biblical prophecies and view support for Israel as a divine mandate. Others note the way these theologies ignore the humanity and desire for justice and freedom of Palestinians (including Palestinian Christians), while also undermining Jewish concerns for security and legitimacy by making the conflict harder to resolve. These Christians are asking, is there a way to heed Jesus’ call to be peacemakers and honor the need for all the people of the land—Jews, Christians and Muslims—to live with freedom, security and honored dignity?
Join as we hear from Christian leaders who refuse to divide Israelis and Palestinians in their prayers or in their work, and who are reimagining their community’s relationship to the Holy Land to pursue the flourishing of all people. Moderating will be Todd Deatherage, Executive Director and Cofounder of Telos.
Lisa Jernigan: Cofounder and President, Amplify Peace
Rob Dalrymple: Director, DetermineTruth ministries; Board Member, Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East
The American evangelical Christian community offers unquestioned and highly energized support for the modern state of Israel—a movement that’s come to be known as Christian Zionism. Today, Christian Zionist organizations donate millions of dollars in aid to Israeli organizations, lobby Congress on behalf of the Israeli government, and benefit from a massive pilgrimage tourism industry. But theologies and practices of Christian Zionism often leave essential questions of peacemaking, the indigenous Palestinian Christian population, and justice unresolved.
Join us as we hear from international experts on the development of the modern Christian Zionism movement, as well as its impact on those living in the land today from Israelis and Palestinians living on the ground. Moderated by Greg Khalil, President and co-founder of Telos.
Rev. Dr. Robert O Smith: Director, Briarwood Leadership Center and author of More Desired than Our Owne Salvation: The Roots of Christian Zionism
Rev. Dr. Jack Sara: President, Bethlehem Bible College
Marina Klimchuk: Former team member, Telos