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  1. Hal Smith says:

    Dear PA Churches Advocacy:

    I am excited to tell you about a conference on the Holy Land that will be held this March 28-29 by Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) at the American Friends Service Committee building at 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. The conference is co-sponsored and organized by the Ecumenical Working Group for Middle East Peace, to which I belong, along with Palestinian Christians and of course non-Palestinian ones.

    Another co-sponsor is the Birzeit Society. Birzeit is a town in the Holy Land, whose population is 44% Christian. Sabeel is a leading organization for Palestinian Christians, while FOSNA is its U.S. affiliate. It works closely with churches in the Holy Land, for example praying at and repairing the Orthodox church in al-Bassa, a Palestinian village destroyed in 1948.

    Key speakers at the FOSNA conference in Philadelphia this March include Naim Ateek, Sabeel’s founder and director, and Rami Khouri, an Orthodox Christian working at the American University of Beirut.

    As you like, you may wish to mention the conference to your members, or your site, or post the conference brochure on a bulletin board. The full information on the conference is online at: http://www.fosna.org/content/philadelphia-conference-march-28-29-2014

    Yours in Christ,
    Hal Smith
    351 Levick St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19111
    Phone: (570)854-1254
    Email: rakovsky@excite.com
    Member of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship
    Member of the Ecumenical Working Group on Middle East Peace

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