Pathways Forward to Justice and Reconciliation: Stories from Canada, Palestine, Israel

Join United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel in Saskatoon, September  23-25, 2016.

Our kick-off Friday night is a public event at which Lia Tarachansky, an Israeli-Canadian film-maker, will present her film, On The Side of the Road.  (trailer on  As a person brought up in a settlement, Lia tells the story of Israelis who have embarked on a process of metanoia – a changing of their outlook on their history.  “Without understanding 1948 you can’t understand where you live”.

Saturday will begin with Canadian stories.  How have we, in the United Church, changed our way of looking at our relationships with First Nations and our history around residential schools?  Rev. Dr. Brian Thorpe will help us to understand the path we have taken.  Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, will draw connections between the experience of First Nations in Canada and the Palestinian people.  Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian-Christian human rights lawyer will speak from a non-violent perspective on current realities in Palestine/Israel.

As well as the opportunity to hear excellent speakers, we are offering workshops on topics such as:

  • BDS 101 – what is it?How does it relate to United Church policy?
  • Christian Zionism and its role in Canada;
  • Working Effectively with our Members of Parliament;
  • Could I Be an Ecumenical Accompanier?

After spending time with us over the weekend, the Moderator, Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell, will preach at a public worship service at Third Avenue United Church on Sunday morning.

Come and join people connected with the United Church from across Canada as we deepen our learning and consider the actions we can take to educate ourselves and others as we work for peace and justice for the people of Palestine and Israel.

For more information, see or contact Kathy Bergen –

Watch the website for more information about the Gathering and how to register.



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