Thursday, September 16, 2010

16/9/10 - English

On September 21 Sabeel is organizing its first religious Christian–Muslim encounter in Nazareth. Under the theme “Sharing Life,” around 50-60 Christian and Muslim leaders will gather to discuss areas of common concern in an open and frank exchange. We pray that the participants will have a good experience seeking common ground.

The second round of direct peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis are being held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lead the negotiations with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attending. We pray for an outcome which is just and equitable and which can lead to peace for all.

September 2010 is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We pray for the Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, with its pediatric oncology unit addressing the needs of Palestinian children. We pray also for access for patients from the West Bank and Gaza, and for all who look after the children's physical and social needs while they receive treatment.

In one month the latest Sabeel Witness Visit will get underway. We pray that people will continue to be open to learn about the Palestinian and Israeli people and the current political situation. We pray also for theological discernment and committed engagement for peacebuilding.

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