Middle East Peace: How You and I Can Make a Difference

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An engaging presentation about being part of the Universal Peace Federation's Middle East Peace Initiative, which includes visits to sacred and historic sites, interfaith encounters, opportunities for service, and briefings with officials.
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  • 1. Middle East Peace InitiativeMiddle East Peace InitiativeUniversal Peace FederationUniversal Peace Federationwww.upf.orgwww.upf.orgMIDDLE EAST PEACE:How you and I canmake a difference
  • 2. Can this land ever see peace?
  • 3. Bombs in Jerusalem . . .
  • 4. Miles of wasteland in Gaza . . .
  • 5. Where do we find hope?
  • 6. What is the Middle East PeaceInitiative all about?How did it start?Does it work? Can anything work?What can we do?
  • 7. First-hand understanding is best.
  • 8. On MEPI trips we see Jerusalem
  • 9. Visit the Mount of Olives
  • 10. Get baptized in the Jordan River
  • 11. Sail on the sea of Galilee
  • 12. And imagine what it was like
  • 13. When Jesus sailed these waters.
  • 14. Everyone has a fine time!
  • 15. But then we go to Bethlehem
  • 16. To see the church of the Nativity.
  • 17. Coming back to the border
  • 18. We pass through a checkpoint.
  • 19. It reminds one of East Berlin …
  • 20. We march together for peace
  • 21. With people from many nations.
  • 22. We pray at the Western Wall
  • 23. And go to Al Aqsa mosque.
  • 24. There is dramatic repentance
  • 25. And heartwarming reconciliation.
  • 26. All kinds of people join in.
  • 27. At a peace rally in a park
  • 28. Local people show their concern.
  • 29. Faith leaders speak passionately
  • 30. And all listen carefully.
  • 31. Everyone likes it, from the old
  • 32. To the very young …
  • 33. There is a lot of dancing
  • 34. And many new friendships.
  • 35. People of all faiths come on stage.
  • 36. A Muslim lights Hanukah candles
  • 37. Faith leaders pray for peace
  • 38. And everyone joins in.
  • 39. We also arrange service projects
  • 40. Art workshops for peacemaking
  • 41. Tree planting … always a favorite
  • 42. And in fact an old Israeli tradition
  • 43. Muslim volunteers helped clean
  • 44. A neglected Lutheran cemetery.
  • 45. Everyone worked hard together
  • 46. Even the youngest kids joined in.
  • 47. Volunteers held parties
  • 48. For the children of Bethlehem.
  • 49. For the first time in several years
  • 50. Christmas decorations went up.
  • 51. Arabs tutored Jewish youth.
  • 52. The youth learned old traditions.
  • 53. Working together brings hope.
  • 54. Arabs and Israelis host us.
  • 55. Jews share bread and wine.
  • 56. A sheikh offers a warm smile.
  • 57. We celebrate Palm Sunday
  • 58. Grieve over terrorist attacks
  • 59. And bring the light of hope.
  • 60. There are disagreements
  • 61. Times of somber reflection
  • 62. And celebration with new friends.
  • 63. We visit the sick in hospitals
  • 64. We’ve made new friendships
  • 65. Held meetings in the Knesset
  • 66. At a hotel in Gaza City
  • 67. In the Jordanian Parliament
  • 68. At the Islamic Shari’a Court
  • 69. And in private homes
  • 70. Always hoping for a new generation.
  • 71. The first step is to get involved!It starts with encounter – making efforts tomeet people who are different.We can learn about each other’s faiths andtraditions where we live.We can engage in service to othersAnd test the proposition that we can be“One Family Under God.”
  • 72. Involveyourself andyour familyin serviceprojects.
  • 73. Have you evervisited a house ofworship ofanother faith?
  • 74. Invite people ofdifferent backgroundsto your next picnic orholiday gathering.Start with neighbors orthe parents of yourchildren’s friends.
  • 75. Join incelebrations ofthe UNInternationalDay of Peace,September 21each year.
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