The Middle East
Christians Aware Annual Conference
8th-10th January 2016
Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1AU
Tel: 01773 526000
Jeff Halper is Director and co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. ICAHD is a human rights and peace organization established in 1997 to end Israel’s Occupation over the Palestinians. ICAHD takes as its main focus, as its vehicle for resistance, Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and within Israel proper.
Simon Marchant and Becky Viney-Wood work for EAPPI (Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel) whose Ecumenical Accompaniers offer a protective presence to vulnerable communities and monitor and report human rights abuses. They join Palestinians and Israelis who work in nonviolent ways for peace and support the local churches.
Stephen Griffith was Anglican Chaplain in Syria, reporting to the British Churches on the situation. Previously a School and University Chaplain he had been involved in different issues of human rights with an interest in the religions of the Middle East.
Andrew Ashdown is an Anglican parish priest and has been visiting and leading groups to the Holy Land for over 20 years; he was Chair of Friends of Sabeel UK. His book The Stones Cry Out gives reflections on Israel and Palestine.
Salwa El Raheb is a Coptic Christian worker for fair trade and international harmony.
Geoff Weaver has worked overseas with the Church Mission Society, has been a cathedral organist, directs three choirs, directed the music at the last two Lambeth Conferences, and continues to travel worldwide, encouraging
people to sing their faith with passion.
Alan Wilson is Bishop of Buckingham and trustee of Christians Aware.
His book 'More Perfect Union? Understanding Same-sex Marriage’ was published in 2014.
Jeremy Moodey is CEO of Embrace the Middle East.
Jonathan Gorsky is lecturer in Comparative Theology and Judaism at Heythrop College.
Aziz Nour is from Iraq and a member of the Syrian Orthodox Church.
Friday, January 8th
5.00 pm Arrivals
7.00 pm Supper
8.15 pm A Middle Eastern update and
hopes for conflict
transformation - Jeremy
9.40 pm Evening prayer - Subash
Saturday, January 9th
8.00 am Meditation - Rana Khan
8.30 am Breakfast
9.30 am Bible study - Alan Wilson (CA
10.30 am Annual General Meeting
11.00 am Coffee
11.20am Obstacles to peace in the Israel-
conflict - Jeff Halper (ICAHD)
12.45pm Launch of “100 Plus”
1. 00 pm Lunch
3. 00 pm Seminar Groups
4. 30 pm Tea
5. 00 pm Seminar Groups
6.30 pm Supper
7. 30 pm Poetry, Music & Song from the
with Geoff Weaver
Sunday, January 10th
8.00 am Silent Prayer -Wasantha
8.30 am Breakfast
9.30 am Witness, engage, change -
Simon Marchant and
11.00 am Coffee
11.30 am Closing Eucharist. President:
Alan Wilson; Address -
1.00 pm Lunch and departures.
There will be a Creche, including activities
Geoff Weaver will lead the music
throughout the conference
Seminar Groups include:
Andrew Ashdown - Syria
Aziz Nour - Iraq
Stephen Griffith - Eastern Turkey
Salwa El Raheb - Egypt and the Coptic
Jonathan Gorsky - How the Middle East is
perceived and affects Jews in Britain.
Geoff Weaver - Middle Eastern songs
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