A 2007-2008 Mission Study
by Stephen Goldstein, study guide by Sandra Olewine
June 2008: Mission Study Update: Israel-Palestine Issues and the 2008 General Conference PDF (7pp, 403K)
Any understanding of what is happening in Israel-Palestine today demands that we listen for the voices that tell the story of how the past has shaped the present and will continue to shape the future.
- Information about the people who inhabit Israel-Palestine
- The cultures through which they express who they are and what they will become
- Opportunities for dialogue, prayer and action.
The overall goal of this study of Israel-Palestine is help the people of The United Methodist Church wrestle with the dilemmas, realities, injustices, fears, dreams, and visions of the two peoples of the three faiths who call the land where Jesus walked home.
How we frame an understanding of the situation in Israel-Palestine depends on our own experiences and the perceptions that arise out of those experiences. Participants are encouraged to spend some time reflecting on their own impressions of Israel-Palestine, considering whose voices they have heard and what viewpoints have been expressed. They are invited to reflect on whose voices have been muffled or absent, and how has this affected their view of what is happening.