Date: Friday, November 15, 1:00 – 6:00 pm Saturday, November 16, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: David Wildman and Katie Reimer
In the 10 years since the launch of the Kairos Palestine Document, churches and Christians around the world have joined Palestinian Christians in taking up the call of loving non-violent resistance. This course looks at the Kairos Palestine Document, a statement of faith written prayerfully in 2009 by Palestinian Christians. These Palestinian Christians reflect on the 50+ year military occupation of their land, calling upon churches and Christians worldwide to stand against injustice and apartheid, and work for a just and lasting peace in Israel and Palestine. The document is a “cry of hope, with love, prayer and faith in God,” and it holds a clear position of loving non-violent resistance as a response to apartheid and military occupation. The Kairos Palestine Document uses 1 Corinthians 13:13 to frame Palestinian experience and struggle. The course explores forms of loving resistance developed by the Kairos Palestine Document. It also reflects on the ways Palestinian Christians have called churches and Christians worldwide to stand in solidarity with Palestine. Finally, the course looks at the lessons that have come out of the Palestinian struggle and how these connect with other liberation struggles today.
David Wildman is Executive Secretary for Human Rights and Racial Justice at the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries. He previously worked as a seminar designer for the United Methodist Seminars on National and International Affairs at the Church Center for the United Nations. He has written numerous articles on economic rights and social change.
Katie Reimer is a Candidate for the M.Div. degree at Union Theological Seminary, with a concentration in Interreligious Engagement. She did an internship at the Church Center at the United Nations from 2018-19, with a focus on Palestine and Human Rights. She is also the Artistic and Executive Director for the Mimesis Ensemble, a NYC based group that performs vocal, chamber and orchestral music. She has programmed Palestinian composers and music that sets texts by Palestinian poets, most recently engaging a 25-minute song cycle by Ramallah based composer, Dina Shilleh, to be recorded on an upcoming CD with Arabesque Records. www.mimesisensemble.org