Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J. Lectures: Israel/Palestine: Recent Developments, Difficulties Ahead


Location: Eck Visitor Center Auditorium

Bernard Sabella

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We have the responsibility, collectively, to think of ways forward that veer from conflict and war. Palestinians and Israelis live side by side; a path to harmonious coexistence for both communities must be determined, replacing the violence that has characterized relations so far and is increasing in frequency and brutality.

Bernard Sabella is a retired associate professor of sociology from Bethlehem University in the Holy Land, where he taught for more than 25 years. His academic interests focus on Palestinian Christians, questions of identity, and current challenges, such as emigration. In 2006, he was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council's Christian quota seat representing the city of Jerusalem.

This lecture was planned prior to the recent outbreak of violence in Israel/Palestine. Due to the circumstances in the Middle East, Dr. Sabella will participate virtually from Jerusalem alongside in-person panelists from Churches for Middle East Peace.

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The Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J. served as director of the Office of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Catholic Conference (now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) and editor-in-chief of the Jesuit weekly America. He taught at the Jesuit School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union-Berkeley and the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the founding team of the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies. He was also a frequent consultant to the Holy See and a member of the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. When he passed away in the Spring of 2022 leaving behind a legacy of applying Catholic Social Teaching to peacebuilding specifically in the Holy Land.

This lecture - the second of a two-part lecture series - continues to carry forth Fr. Christiansen's enduring spirit. It is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network along with Churches for Middle East Peace and the Bethlehem University Foundation.


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