OTTAWA – What is the role of Canadian churches in advocacy regarding Palestine? Leaders from the national Anglican, Lutheran, United, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches will explore this question and why it matters in a conversation at Saint Paul University in Ottawa on April 27.
The panel discussion, New Developments in Israel-Palestine and the Role of the Churches, will outline how churches in Canada are involved in advocating for and with partners in the region, and next steps in the context of a deteriorating human rights situation.
WHEN: Thursday, April 27 from 7-9 p.m. ET
WHERE: Amphitheatre at Saint Paul University, 110 Hazel Street, Ottawa, ON
WHAT: An online and in-person panel discussion at Saint Paul University featuring five national church leaders reflecting on the role of the churches in advocacy for Palestine-Israel currently, and consideration of next steps.
- The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
- The Rev. Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
- The Right Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Moderator of The United Church of Canada
- The Rev. Dr. Dorcas Gordon, Principal Emerita, Knox College, The Presbyterian Church in Canada
- Carl Hétu, Executive Director of Development and Peace, Caritas Canada (Roman Catholic)
Michel Andraos, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University, will moderate the panel, and Jonathan Kuttab, Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America, will join online to offer an update, from a Palestinian perspective, on the current situation. Brief responses to these reflections will be shared by:
- Jane Thirikwa, Global Partnerships Coordinator, KAIROS Canada
- Michaël Séguin, Assistant Professor in the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at Saint Paul University, will offer an academic response as someone with expertise in the region.
Register at https://tinyurl.com/NewDevsPalestine-Israel (for both online and in-person attendance).
Anglican Church of Canada (national): Joe Vecsi , Director of Communications, 647-869-5833
Anglican Diocese of Ottawa: Sandra Hamway, Director, Communications and Development, [email protected]
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada: Trina Gallop Blank, Director of Communications, [email protected], 204-984-9172