Sabeel Australia is pleased to announce a series of online events in 2022. These events will be offered by Zoom and will be open to anyone wishing to participate. Each of the webinars during 2022 will be at 5.00pm (Sydney time) on the third Saturday of odd-numbered months.
15 January: Palestinian Christians – Bishop Munib Younan
19 March: Nazareth today –Violette Khoury
21 May: Walled Off Hotel Bethlehem – Wisam Salsaa
16 July: Kairos Palestine – Nora Carmi
17 September: Seeds in Palestine – Vivien Sansour
19 November: Bethlehem today – Vera Baboun
Register now to receive the link for your selected webinar closer to the time of the event.
15 January: Palestinian Christians – Bishop Mounib Younan
Bishop Munib Younan was Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land from December 1998 to January 2018, including a period as President of the Lutheran World Federation from 2010 to 2017. Munib Younan was educated in both Palestine and Finland and he has been active in numerous faith organizations, such as the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC). Bishop Younan is an active member of various ecumenical and interfaith dialogue initiatives in Jerusalem. He was the Niwano Peace Prize recipient in 2017 for his extensive work in interfaith dialogue and in 2018 he was granted the Bridge Builder Award from Georgetown University.
19 March: Nazareth today – Violette Khoury
Violette Khoury is a native of Nazareth, and a global advocate for peace and reconciliation. After many years as coordinator of Sabeel in Nazareth, she is now the director of Nasijona, a local women’s association in Nazareth. The goals of Nasijona are to preserve, develop, produce and market local heritage, while supporting women in terms of productivity, social and financial, and revival of many kinds of arts, culture and social relationships that will lead to the reconnection of social harmony.
21 May: Walled Off Hotel, Banksy – Wisam Salsaa
Wisam Salsaa is the owner and manager of the Walled Off Hotel, a boutique hotel in Bethlehem which was designed by anonymous London-based artist Banksy alongside other creatives and notable academic Dr David Grindon. Established in March 2017, and initially set up as a temporary exhibition, the hotel has since attracted thousands of visitors, thanks in part to its location opposite a portion of the Israeli apartheid wall. The hotel is considered to be a key piece of social commentary on the Israeli occupation and is billed as having “the worst view of any hotel in the world.”
Nora Arsenian-Carmi was born in Jerusalem, Palestine, a few months before the establishment of Israel in 1948. Since 1967, she has been a permanent resident of East Jerusalem. Conflict is something she is very familiar with considering her Armenian heritage. Her family survived the genocide of 1915. Nora has served as a community builder in various religious and civil society circles. She worked with the YWCA, Sabeel Liberation Theology Center, and Kairos Palestine for more than 37 years. She remains closely connected with the World Council of Churches (WCC) assemblies and events and participates in several global church involvements.
17 September: Palestinian food – Vivien Sansour
Vivien Sansour is the founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library. Trained in the field of Anthropology, Vivien worked with farmers worldwide on issues relating to agriculture and independence where she wrote about and photographed rural life and practice. She is working on bringing threatened varieties ‘back to the dinner table so we can eat our history to become part of our living culture rather than a relic of the past.’ Vivien has presented her work as an artist, independent scholar, and conservationist in several venues locally and globally including the Chicago Architecture Biennale, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Venice Art Biennale. Vivien has worked with renowned chef, Anthony Bourdain, as a field producer for his Emmy award-winning show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Vivien has been a contributing writer for several publications and is a food columnist for The Forward Magazine.
19 November: Bethlehem today – Vera Baboun
Vera Baboun is a Palestinian politician and was the first and only female mayor of Bethlehem (2012 to 2017). She was elected in 2012, leading a party list of both Muslim and Christian candidates. As mayor she sought to advance the local economy, improve services, and spur job creation and civic engagement despite obstacles posed by Israel’s administrative control over 80% of the municipality. Vera is a member of the Palestinian National Council and was awarded the Issam M. Fares Award by the Middle East Institute in 2016. Her current work addresses the empowerment of the political role of women in the Arab World through a network launched in Tunisia in 2019 by the UN. She is also a judge of the Al-ard (On Land) Entreps Award, which supports creative projects that enhance Palestinian youth existence, and is a Global Juror for the 5th Global Entreps Awards & 5Gcitizens International Congress which focus on the 17 SDGs Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations.