"Ardent Trust" The Palestinian Journey for Just Peace

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“Steadfast Hope” The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace. Grown-up Christian Education Series Fort Street Presbyterian Church March 21, 28; April 11,18, 2010.

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"Enduring Hope" The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace Adult Christian Education Series Fort Street Presbyterian Church March 21, 28; April 11,18, 2010

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"Unfaltering Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace" Fort Street Adult Christian Education – Spring 2010 Course Materials and Class Discussion Schedule Primary Source Material: 45-page Booklet, "Immovable Hope," and Accompanying DVD (Israel/Palestine Mission Network, PCUSA) Schedule of Topics; Booklet Readings and DVD Viewing Assignments Week 1 (March 21) – Welcome and Orientation; the Christian Call to Peacemaking; Distribution of Booklets and DVDs NO DVD Materials; Pages 1-3 of Booklet Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling (PCUSA, 1980) Week 2 (March 28) – Perspective Pages 4-16 of Booklet Part 1 of DVD Week 3 (April 11) – Occupation Pages 17-31 of Booklet DVD Chapters 1,2,3 and 6 Week 4 (April 18) – Responses Pages 32-39 DVD Chapters 4,5 and Conclusion

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"Christian Call to Peacemaking" Opening Prayer - A Psalm of Peacemaking We live in a period when mankind remains on the outskirt of a guaranteed time, when God's kin are summoned to dutifulness and steadfastness to protect God's creation, to remain with poor people and mistreated all over, and to stand together as the general population of the earth; when with admission and with modesty we atone of our visual impairment to the division and war in our own hearts and in our own particular land, our fixation on cash and our quest for power, our silly faith in security through weaponry, and our love of common divine beings. Proceeded…

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"Christian Call to Peacemaking" A Psalm of Peacemaking Part 2, Continued… We are called to be respectful to Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, who cherishes the entire world and who welcomes us to be stewards of the earth and hirelings of his kin, to be associates in the new Creation. Give us a chance to be peacemakers. Give us a chance to be known as the offspring of God, talking strikingly with good conviction to the country and to the world, working, with God's effortlessness, another ethical request on the planet group; and acting now for world peace, and endeavor of equity, and result of affection.

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"Unflinching Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace" Fort Street Adult Christian Education – Spring 2010 Session #1 – Outline and Anticipated Schedule Part 1: Welcome; Opening Prayer for Peace and Justice; Introduction to the Series Welcome and Opening Prayer; Introductions Introduction of Primary Resource Material: 45-page booklet "Ardent Hope" and going with DVD (Israel/Palestine Mission Network, PCUSA) Part 2: Discussion of Anticipated Course Format (4 weeks; March 21,28; April 11,18) Discussions will be organized to take after the booklet materials; members are urged to peruse the booklet ahead of time of the session; When time permits, we will watch the recordings, yet frequently we might not have enough time; it is trusted that the recordings will be seen ahead of time; BONUS: In the main week, the gathering individuals will make a rundown of watchwords/expressions/occasions identifying with the scan for peace in Israel/Palestine; consistently the rundown from the earlier week will be extended by all individuals from the gathering Part 3: Week 1 Lesson – "Christian Call to Peacemaking" NO DVD materials; Pages 1-3 of booklet Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling (PCUSA, 1980) Part 4: Creating the List of Key Words/Phrases/Events

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The Gospel Mandate for Peacemaking "The Believers' Calling" Biblically Founded: Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5:9 From The Believers' Calling (p17): "… God wills peace, "shalom;" add up to prosperity, wholeness, satisfaction, wellbeing, cheerful agreement… Peacemaking included the use of political procedures for social recuperating more than only the task of political needs. The scriptural establishing of these truths is extremely broad [citing Psalm 85:8,10; Psalm 37:11; Isaiah 54:10-17; Zechariah 8:12; Colossians 1:1-19; James 3:16ff]… "

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The Gospel Mandate for Peacemaking "The Believers' Calling" Swords into Plowshares – Isaiah 2:4 "God should judge between the countries and might choose for some people groups; and they should beat their swords into plowshares, and their lances into pruning snares; country should not lift up sword against country, neither should they learn war any longer."

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The Gospel Mandate for Peacemaking "The Believers' Calling" A Historic Commitment to Peacemaking: GA = General Assembly GA 1946 (no nukes), 1954, 1956, 1962, 1969, 1970 (no undeclared war), 1975 (no war to keep up monetary favorable position); GA 1980: "The Believers' Calling" The congregation is reliable to Christ when it is occupied with peacemaking; The congregation is devoted to Christ when it sustains and prepares God's kin as peacemakers; The congregation takes the stand concerning Christ when it supports the ethical existence of the country for peace on the planet.

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The Gospel Mandate for Peacemaking "The Believers' Calling" A Reconciling Vision of Love through Nonviolence (1988): "However the Reformed custom has legitimized the fall back on brutality in light of specific types of mistreatment, its accentuation on the accommodating vision of adoration presumes that the decision of peacefulness is more suitable. As a lifestyle… it looks for calmly to certify creation, to regard the esteem and poise of every single person, and to perceive the potential for human satisfaction in the greater part of God's kin."

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The Gospel Mandate for Peacemaking "The Believers' Calling" Security through Justice (GA 1994 Advocated) The advancement of territorial and worldwide establishments that rise above the divisiveness of national structures and are equipped for adapting to worldwide issues of war, peace, and struggle determination,… The improvement of another significance of security in view of basic intrigue, collaboration and trust, understanding that if any nation is to be secure, all must be secure,…

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The Gospel Mandate for Peacemaking "The Believers' Calling" The intrusion of Iraq – 216 th GA 2006 – Opposed to the War in Iraq 218 th GA (2008) - A Church Mandate for Palestine and Israel – "On Peace and Justice in Palestine and Israel"

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218 th GA (2008) "On Peace and Justice in Palestine and Israel" The congregation attests the commitment of the congregation to address the administrations of the United States and every single other country where it sees those legislatures abusing the precepts of God; The congregation underwrites the "Amman Call," including its confirmation of the UN resolutions that are the premise of an anticipated 'two-state' arrangement, a mutual Jerusalem, and the human privileges of outcasts and involved people groups;

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218 th GA (2008) "On Peace and Justice in Palestine and Israel" The congregation recognizes the peaceful observer of the Christians in Palestine and Israel; The congregation energizes Presbyterian people, assemblages and gatherings to take journeys and outings to Israel and Palestine that are in concordance with our standards [and] chances to meet Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers and to participate in interfaith examination of a scope of viewpoints.

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"Undaunted Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace" Fort Street Adult Christian Education – Spring 2010 Session #1 – Outline and Anticipated Schedule Part 1: Welcome; Opening Prayer for Peace and Justice; Introduction to the Series Welcome and Opening Prayer; Introductions Introduction of Primary Resource Material: 45-page booklet "Resolute Hope" and going with DVD (Israel/Palestine Mission Network, PCUSA) Part 2: Discussion of Anticipated Course Format (4 weeks; March 21,28; April 11,18) Discussions will be organized to take after the booklet materials; members are urged to peruse the booklet ahead of time of the session; When time permits, we will watch the recordings, however regularly we might not have enough time; it is trusted that the recordings will be seen ahead of time; BONUS: In the principal week, the gathering individuals will make a rundown of catchphrases/expressions/occasions identifying with the hunt down peace in Israel/Palestine; consistently the rundown from the earlier week will be extended by all individuals from the gathering Part 3: Week 1 Lesson – "Christian Call to Peacemaking" NO DVD materials; Pages 1-3 of booklet Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling (PCUSA, 1980) Part 4: Creating the List of Key Words/Phrases/Events

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"Christian Call to Peacemaking" Closing Prayer – from "Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling" "God's call to peacemaking is total. God is not a divine force of demolition, deserting or demise, but rather of life, peace and delight, who is desirous for a dynamic and full reaction from Christians who are called to be peacemakers in a warring world. Confidence, trust, and love empower adherents to give furrow making need over sword making, not on the grounds that such a technique is more "effective," but rather on the grounds that devotees are called to be peacemakers within the sight of adversaries."

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The End of Week #1

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