We have the wonderful opportunity to bring Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour on Thurday, May 17th at 7:00 PM in the Founders Room at our parish.  He is a Palestinian refugee who has spent his life using theater and the arts to promote justice.  Here is a description from the web:

Dr. Abusrour, Palestinian playwright, refugee from Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp, is the founder and director of the Al Rowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center. Al Rowwad fosters creativity as an alternative to violence. It provides educational programs, social services, creative non-violent expression through the performing and visual arts as well as vocational skills that empower the community and seek to build a culture of peace and hope for the future.

His talk will be called:  Beautiful Acts of Resistance:

http://www.peace-with-justice.org/Upcoming%20Events%20Spring%202012.html

Given the upcoming election, the US Catholic Bishops have urged us to consider Israel/Palestine while we are forming our conscience around voting.  From the document Faithful Citizenship: “Leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an especially urgent priority.  The United States should actively pursue comprehensive negotiations leading to a just and peaceful resolution that respects the legitimate claims and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians, ensuring security for Israel, a viable state for Palestinians, respect for Lebanon’s sovereignty, and peace in the region.”

Whether you love the theater or a have a passion for justice–or both–you won’t want to miss this event!

Sponsored by:

Coalition for Peace with Justice

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The Justice Theater Project

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Justice and Peace Ministry Office

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In addition, parishioners Jim and Cindy Rice, who recently returned from a delegation to Israel and Palestine, having been taking the lead on organizing this event, as well!