Refusing to be enemies

Apr 25, 2012

The community will have the rare opportunity to hear an American Jew trained in crisis management and a Palestinian Christian in a myth-busting conversation about building relationships of trust and building bridges of peace.

Daoud Nassar is a Palestinian Christian farmer whose family has worked its 100-acre farm and olive grove just outside the West Bank town of Bethlehem since 1916.

Mark Braverman’s roots are in the Holy Land – his grandfather, a fifth generation Palestinian Jew, was born in Jerusalem, emigrating to the United States as a young man. Braverman was reared in the Jewish tradition, studying Bible, Hebrew literature, and Jewish history. He is the author of “Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land.”

The story they share is one that brings hope and encouragement to the current crisis in the Holy Land. The events are scheduled for the following times and places:

Sunday, April 29

• 9 a.m. – During the Adult Education, Snohomish First Presbyterian Church Daoud Nassar of the “Tent of Nations” near Bethlehem will be speaking.

• 12:15 p.m. – Mukilteo First Presbyterian Church at a lunch presentation at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church in Mukilteo.

• 7 p.m. – Evening event with Daoud Nassar and Mark Braverman at Snohomish Presbyterian Church.

Monday, April 30

• 10:50 a.m. – Daoud Nassar and Mark Braverman will be speaking at Trinity Lutheran College Chapel in Everett – Contact Beth Ellness-Hansen, faculty contact in liaison with John Berg, co-organizer of event or call 425-218-3682 for more information.

• Noon – Lunch at First Presbyterian Church of Everett, Daoud Nassar and Mark Braverman both speaking and showing the DVD “Tent of Nations.” Call the church office at 425-259-7139 to make reservations for lunch with name and number attending. Suggested donation is $5.

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