Curricula on Middle East issues and Jerusalem

Curricula on Middle East issues and Jerusalem

In the past several months, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), an ecumenical organization of which The Episcopal Church is a constituent part, created a curriculum designed for congregational groups, exploring Middle East issues both historically and in our present-day context. The following message from Mae Cannon, executive director of CMEP, introduces the curriculum:

The Search for Peace & Justice in the Holy Land  is designed to be taught in a small-group environment over a period of five weeks with one 90 to 120-minute session each week, dependent on the group’s preference for discussion time. Each unit will consist of a preliminary reading text, a multimedia presentation, and a series of group discussion questions. Over this period of five weeks, participants will learn about topics such as the Christians of the Holy Land, the ties of Israelis and Palestinians to the Holy Land, and how to be an effective advocate for just peace in Israel and Palestine. The curriculum will address the significance of Jerusalem and other holy places to the three Abrahamic faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Many of the current realities in Israel and the Palestinian territories are addressed. This an overview of what is covered each week: 

  • Week 1: “Ties to the Land: Christianity in Israel and Palestine”
  • Week 2: “Two Peoples, Two Histories”
  • Week 3: “Jerusalem: A Sacred City of Peace”
  • Week 4: “50+ Years Too Long: The Effects of the Ongoing Occupation on Israeli and Palestinian Society”
  • Week 5: “Faith in Action: Advocacy Training”

You may fill out this form indicating your desire to participate in  The Search for Peace & Justice in the Holy Land  curriculum. Please contact Katie McRoberts at katie@cmep.orgif you have any questions, comments, or concerns. 

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