Check out the Video Study Guide Intro
Want to learn more about peacemaking efforts in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? We’ve got two new releases for you.
Make Hummus not Walls (a 25 minute emotional, but factually driven documentary movie of personal stories in the midst of conflict).
Our sequel movie (following “Blessed Are the Peacemakers” ) tells the story of a contentious week in Jerusalem and the broader Palestinian-Israeli conflict in May, 2018 when we were on location for about 12 weeks. Our activities included lots of conversations with people on the street, over coffee in West Jerusalem, birthday celebrations in Hebron of the West Bank, night time debriefs on the roof of Bethlehem Bible College, under a setting sun and stench of tear gas hanging in the air from frequent protests nearby. We even had a few close encounters with rubber bullets and angry protesters, but mostly found courageous people on all sides longing for peace. This movie tells the stories of 3 women–a Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim, who meet their “other” in the craziest of times and find their humanity in loving each other. This story will spark hope in the possibility of peace based on genuine friendships across normal barriers at a time when we need it most.
From Peacetalkers to Peacemakers: Making a Difference.”
Our new 6 part video study guide accompanies the release of our sequel movie, and arises out of the many questions audiences had when viewing the first movie (“Blessed Are The Peacemakers”). The study guide tracks my learning over 10 years, with multiple trips to the region, extended stays of up to 3 months in Israel and Palestine, important interviews for our movies, several tours with church groups to the land, teaching a seminary class on peacemaking, and our on-going work to educate and advocate for true peacemaking. The video study guide looks at:
- Changing our paradigm from peacetalking to peacemaking.
- Asking “why is there a conflict?” featuring an important interview with a Palestinian Christian who lived through the expulsion from her home in 1948 by Israeli militias, never to return to her childhood home.
- A look at the daily life and current obstacles in the city of Hebron where I lived for part of 2011. This city represents a microcosm of the entire conflict and helps one to understand the current realities and challenges.
- Examining what happened the day I became a “real peacemaker” after witnessing a home demolition. This experience led to an audit of my entire ethical and theological framework, making important shifts in how I should live my faith.
- Digging deeper into frequently asked questions and popular myths through the work of vetted experts, activists and academics acquainted with the conflict.
- Finishing with important questions–Now what & so what? What can anyone do in light of the on-going conflict? How can we seek to make a difference?
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