Jonathan Kuttab’s Public Events in Saskatchewan September 21-23, 2016

Jonathan Kuttab will be in Canada September 21-29.  He will be one of the resource persons at the UNJPPI (United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel www.unjppi.org) AGM (Annual General Meeting) in Saskatoon.  While in Saskatoon he will also be giving some public lectures.  After the UNJPPI AGM, he will give public lectures in Toronto, Waterloo, and London.  In addition to the public lectures, he will be meeting with students and faculty in several law schools and various other church and community groups in these cities, including Windsor. We hope you will be able to attend one of these public lectures in a place near you.  Some of you are receiving this announcement in parts of Canada beyond Saskatchewan and Ontario–please forward this to your friends and colleagues in cities where Jonathan will be speaking.

You are invited to attend the following events:

Saskatoon–Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00pm
Lecture: “Israel/Palestine: Non-Violent Pathways to Peace”
(Neatby-Timlin Theatre (Arts 241) Sponsored by Humanities Research Unit, University of Sask.
Contactperson: Len Findlay Len.findlay@usask.ca; Tel: 306-966-2573

Saskatoon—Thursday, September 22 at 12:30-1:30pm (Chapel at 11:40am)
Discussion with Jonathan on ”Human Rights, Peace, Reconciliation”
St. Andrews College Chapel on University of Saskatchewan campus.
Contactperson: Lynn Caldwell lynn.caldwell@usask.ca

Saskatoon—Friday, September 23 at 7:00pm
Opening UNJPPI AGM Event
Film screening “On the Side of the Road” at Grace-Westminster UC
505-10th St East, Saskatoon
Followed by panel and Q and A: Filmmaker Lia Tarachansky, Lawyer Jonathan Kuttab, United Church of Canada Moderator Jordan Cantwell,  Professor Priscilla Settee
Contactperson: Debbie Hubbard sowingseedsofpossibilities@gmail.com

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UNJPPI Educational Opportunities

On-Line Streamed Events
Palestinian Narratives and Cultural Resistance with Rafeef Ziadah
September 20, 2016, 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Course Description
This lecture by the acclaimed Palestinian human rights activist, academic, and spoken word poet, Rafeef Ziadah is co-sponsored by the Canadia Friends of Sabeel and the Continuing Education Department of Emmanuel College in Toronto. United-in-Learning has been invited to bring our cameras into the lecture hall and livestream the event. Remote participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A time either by typing them onto the computer screen (so they can be read aloud), or by telephoning into our toll-free number and speaking directly into the meeting.

Go to United in Learning

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
International Boycott HP Webinar Part II:
“How to Build Effective BDS Campaigns Targeting HP”
Wed, Sept 21 at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 7pm GMT
CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR DETAILS

Two weeks ago, an estimated 120 people from 18 countries joined our Boycott HP Webinar Part I to learn: What Makes HP Such a Brilliant BDS Target?  We heard how Hewlett Packard (HP) companies manage people for profit at prisons from California to Palestine.  Join The second and final boycott HP webinar next Wednesday, where activists will be talking about how you too can target HP. 

Press Conference – by NCC (USA) & WCC
Consultation on the Holy Land
Live Streamed on Wednesday, September 14

View on YouTube

WASHINGTON, DC: At 12:30 pm ET Wednesday, September 14, 2016, General Secretaries Jim Winkler (National Council of Churches, USA) and Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (World Council of Churches) will issue a statement summarizing the work of this week’s groundbreaking consultation between Christian leaders, humanitarian organizations, and human rights organizations on disturbing new developments in the Holy Land.

The Advent Peace Box in Worship and Study

United in Learning Webinar
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Course Description
The familiar Advent lectionary texts, and themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love are given new life and relevance when explored from the perspective of the struggle for a just peace in the birth place of Jesus. Find out how you can bring this into your faith community’s life through the Advent Peace Box, an entry level resource of the United Church’s Unsettling Good’s Campaign. Hear from past users about how to use the worship and workshop materials to help plan your congregation’s Advent journey. The Advent Peace Box includes intergenerational theme times, stories, prayers, suggestions for hymns and a white gift service drama. This resource has attracted new users each year it has been offered.
Who should attend?

  • Ministry personnel,
    • Worship Committee Members
    • Outreach Committee members
    • Social Justice Committee members

Cost:
Free – brought to you by Mission & Service

Resources:
Information about the Advent Peace Box and accompanying resources are available at the General Council Website. Feel free to click the following links to have a look at it prior to the webinar:

  • Click HERE to read more about the Advent Peace Box
  • Click HERE to download Advent Peace Box worship and workshop resources, in PDF format.

Leadership:
Dave Cass is a retired Civil Engineer who was born and raised in New Brunswick and has worked across Canada in Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and now Vancouver. He has a long-standing interest in social justice issues; first through Project North and the Aboriginal Rights Coalition and then in the human rights struggles of Central America through Ten Days for World Development and the Christian Task Force in Central America. He has been struck by the injustice of the Palestinian situation and the similarities to the First Nations situation here. This includes the tie to the land and the finding of ways to keep struggling and hanging onto Hope. This relates directly to the Advent Peace Box with its olive oil from Palestine and also with the themes of Advent – Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.

Juanita Austin just finished her 29th year as an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada. She lives in Salmon Arm BC and currently serves the congregation of Sicamous United Church, 30 kilometers down the road. In November 2013, Juanita joined 11 others and went to Palestine and Israel to attend the International Sabeel Conference to learn about Palestinian Liberation theology and what life was like `on the ground’ for Palestinians. It profoundly changed her outlook and her life. She returned and created a photo presentation to share with congregations, Kairos groups and other interested folk, and wrote a song `O Town of Bethlehem’ which was included in the 2015 Advent Worship material from the United Church of Canada. She has also written a theme conversation called `Where there’s a Wall’ suitable for all ages, and made a model of the `security fence’ to illustrate the magnitude of the wall.

Christie Neufeldt is the Public Witness and Advocacy lead for The United Church of Canada. In this role she coordinates the Unsettling Goods: Choose Peace in Palestine and Israel campaign along with other national social justice campaigns and advocacy in areas such as mining justice and climate change. After 15 years of working at the General Council Office in similar roles, she continues to find energy from the challenge of increasing congregational and public engagement in social change.

Click HERE to Register

Bring Advent to life with the Unsettling Goods Peace Box

The Updated Advent Peace Box
 The Advent Peace Box is back for 2016!  It is a practical tool for worship and study. Support peace in Palestine and Israel, and involve all generations in becoming a justice-seeking church. Particularly designed as an entry point to the struggle for peace in Palestine and Israel, the Advent Peace Box includes intergenerational resources.

There are two versions of the Peace Box available. Both include Zatoun extra-virgin olive oil (certified “Fair Trade” by The Institute for Market Ecology), scent-free pure olive oil soap, and Za’atar (a thyme-herb mix considered a staple of Middle Eastern cooking). More details about pricing can be found on the United Church website.

The 2016 Peace Box also includes a USB drive with worship, workshop, and video resources, as well as olive oil bottle gift tags to pass along a message of just peace with your gifts.

What are we asking you to do?
 Promote the Peace Box to congregations in your community and presbytery.

  • Plan to purchase an Advent Peace Box (available in mid-September) for yourself or your faith community.
  • Participate in our FREE webinar on September 20, 2016. Learn from past users about how to use the worship and workshop materials to help plan your congregation’s Advent journey. Visit United in Learning to register.

Contact
Contact unsettling-goods@united-church.ca if you have any questions about the Advent Peace Box or the Unsettling Goods Campaign. Thank you for working towards a just peace in Palestine and Israel.

In Peace,
The Unsettling Goods Team

Eva Manly on Women’s Boat to Gaza

Three Canadian women are joining the Freedom Flotilla’s current campaign to break the illegal blockade of Gaza. The mission highlights the indomitable spirit and women’s role in the struggle of daily life under occupation. They join other women from around the world who will set sail from Barcelona September 14 to reach the shores of Gaza by early October.

Eva Manly, Canadian Boat to Gaza’s delegated participant, is a retired documentary maker and photographer, whose work has been shown nationally and internationally and is distributed by VTape (Toronto) & VIVO (Vancouver), she has worked with First Nations people in Canada, peace & justice issues in Central America, including accompaniment of Mayan refugees and human rights workers, as well as in women’s rights. Devoting time to the work for Truth and Reconciliation and to refugee sponsorships on Vancouver Island, she is active in Mid-Islanders for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, (MIJPME), the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine & Israel (UNJPPI), and the Canadian Boat to Gaza working for justice in Palestine and Israel.

Crew member Marilyn Porter is a retired university faculty member who worked for many years as an activist/academic, focusing on women’s rights especially in the developing world. She has served on many Boards, both locally and nationally, including Oxfam and the Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Women. She is currently co-chair of the Social Justice Co-op, which works in the areas of environmental and tax justice. She is also working with a refugee group in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Marilyn is an experienced sailor, having cruised and raced mostly off the UK and eastern Canadian coasts, as well as in the Mediterranean.

Wendy Goldsmith, an organizer with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, is a mother of three, a social worker and an advocate for justice who lives with her family in London, Ontario.  As a social worker, she has supported many survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, including within First Nations communities. As a mom, she identifies with the suffering that Palestinian women feel as they endure the injustice of supporting their families under an illegal blockade and within an open-air prison, constantly under threat of attacks by the occupier.

The three will be joined by noteworthy international participants such as Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead MacGuire (Northern Ireland), Marama Davidson, Green Party MP (New Zealand), Naomi Wallace, screenwriter and playwright (USA), Gerd von der Lippe, professional athlete and academic (Norway), and Çiğdem Topçuoğlu, professional athlete and coach (Turkey), who sailed on the Mavi Marmara in 2010 and whose husband was among the 10 people from that voyage killed by Israeli forces. Names of more participants will be released over the coming weeks.

To find and support other campaigns that are part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, please see: https://freedomflotilla.org/about

Other ways to get involved:
Follow us at www.canadaboatgaza.org and freedomflotilla.org
www.facebook.com/FreedomFlotillaCoalition/ and www.facebook.com/CanadaBoatGaza/
Twitter @GazaFFlotilla  @CanadaBoatGaza