Recent experiences of the United Church have called for deeper theological reflection on the church's engagement with Israel/Palestine, and on the Canadian experience of colonization.
Doing Theology on Occupied Land: A Symposium on United Church of Canada Engagement with Israel/Palestine, is sponsored by the Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee of The United Church of Canada and will be held May 12-13, 2014, at St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon.
Presentations and workshops will explore: Our religious, ethnic and geographical identities related to the land; Biblical perspectives on the call to be people ‘chosen’ to live in a ‘promised land’; how divine authority has been used to justify—or challenge—oppression; how our response to these questions can lead to transformation of colonial relationships within our Canadian context.
Keynote speakers will include: Rabbi Dow Marmur, Rabbi Emeritus at Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto; Raed Ayad, PhD (Cand), board member of Palestinian House, Toronto; Prof. Jim Dumont, Chief of the Midewiwin Lodge Eastern Door (Canada); Rev. Carmen Lansdowne, PhD (Cand), member of Heiltsuk First Nation.
More details and registration information is available on the The United Church of Canada website.
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