TREE OF LIFE CONFERENCE ON PALESTINE & ISRAEL
"Wrestling with Reconciliation"
Jewish-Muslim-Christian Voices of Conscience
The Tree of Life is a sacred symbol for many cultures and faiths across our world. It reminds us that all of creation is deeply interrelated and interconnected. World peace and harmony depend on our realization of this truth. This is especially critical in the Holy Land where the children of Abraham—Muslims, Jews and Christians— share that sacred place. The Tree of Life Conference on Palestine and Israel, held on March 3, amplified and celebrated the under-reported voices of conscience in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and explored how we, in this country, should respond to work toward reconciliation.
Over 150 people attended the meeting at Kairos UCC in Milwaukie. OFOR members in attendance included Mark and Mary Trolan, (Dallas); Pat Jaffer, (Monmouth); Bill Hayden, Paul LaRue, Loraine Stuart, Jerry Perry and Joan Harmsen Perry, (Salem), Jack Courtney and Joanie McClellan, (Portland). The conference attendees heard Jewish, Muslim, and Christian peacemakers share their insights and personal stories, and celebrated as a peace community, sharing a meal of fellowship, and networking together in the sacred task of peacemaking. The event was a jam-packed afternoon of great learning and fellowship and equally fantastic mid-eastern food!
Speakers indluded Craig and Cindy Corrie (parents of Rachel Corrie who was killed defending Palestinian homes from demolitions), Wael Elasady, Ned Rosch, Maya Rotem, Rev. Diane Dulin, Mary Morris, Curt Bell, Jennifer Grosvenor, Maxine Fookson and Canon Richard Toll.
OFOR will be voting in the near future on becoming a coalition partnership with “End the Occupation.”