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Talk by Revd Naim Ateek, Palestinian Anglican priest

The Bible, Justice and the Palestinian conflict: Is peace a possibility?

Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 7pm-9pm

Revd Dr Naim Ateek is a Palestinian, Anglican priest, refugee, and founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre in Jerusalem.

Revd Ateek is giving a talk in the Abbey about the Palestinian Church. Israel’s claim to the land depends upon an exclusivist reading of the bible. In contrast, a Palestinian theology of liberation responds with a counterstrategy for biblical interpretation, emphasising the prophetic themes of inclusivity and justice. Naim Ateek will speak of the principles for achieving security, peace, and justice for all people in Israel/Palestine.

Addressing what many consider the world's most controversial conflict, Naim Ateek offers a succinct primer on liberation theology in the context of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and self-determination. In particular he will also address the following:

  • With the recent images seen from Gaza and Jerusalem we ask ourselves is peace possible? 
  • In the aftermath of President Trump proclamation and action on Jerusalem, what does the future look like for the Palestinians?
  • Is the conflict over?  What are the possible scenarios?  What dangers still lie ahead? 
  • Are there signs of hope that we must continue to cling to? 
  • As people of faith and hope what must be our responsibility and our church's responsibility be as we move into the future? 

Naim Ateek will also be introducing his latest book:  "A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice and the Palestine-Israel Conflict"

Bath Abbey works with charities and aid agencies in Bath and around the world, expressing Christian hospitality and justice. Throughout the year, we host a series of talks and services to spotlight our global mission partners. The aim is to raise awareness, inspire involvement and encourage prayer and giving.