Wednesday, October 31, 2012

News from Christian Palestine: Dr. Maria Khoury's Speaking Tour

Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh,

Praying and hoping all of you are safe and having a blessed day especially
everyone living in the East Coast following the news of Hurricane Sandy.
I hope to be in the Boston area myself  and promote especially 
"Christina Goes to the Holy Land." Thank you if you recommend this book 
to your local Sunday school programs since its very educational about the sacred
holy sites and walks the footsteps of Christ.  

I have listed general locations at the end of this email
where I will share my reflections as an Orthodox Christian and mother living
in Palestine where currently it is the olive picking season.  There is no place in the world
where land is so important and here in Taybeh we have over 30,000 olive trees to be picked.
That means most people, like my husband, wake up at 5 am to pick olives with their workers.

In other communities international and local activists are helping the farmers 
especially since there are many incidents where Israeli settlers prevent local people
from reaching their own farmlands and a great loss of Palestinian farmland because of
the Apartheid Separation Wall.  It is a bit outrageous to keep telling you the same old story
year after year.  

Please forgive me, also, because the other day you got
one of my personal emails that was not meant for the mailing list.  
Sorry I pushed the wrong button. 

Making this message longer I wanted to make sure you have heard that The Israeli authorities
held the exams send by the College Board for weeks, not releasing the tests to the offices of AMIDEAST in Ramallah

What do you think Israel is gaining by not allowing Palestinian students to take the SAT's?
with the love of Christ, maria

“Bless your persecutors; never curse them, bless them… Never pay back evil with evil… 
Never try to get revenge… Do not be mastered by evil, but master evil with good.” 
(Romans 12:14-21).

Tree of Life Conference
 "Education: How Can We Embrace Our Common Humanity?"
Full details:

SATURDAY, NOV 3:   9:00 am Christ Episcopal Cathedral, Springfield, MA
SUNDAY, NOV 4:  1:30 pm First Congregational Church, Old Lyme, CT 
MONDAY, NOV 5:  5:30 pm Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT
WEDNESDAY, NOV 7:  6:15 pm Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Harford, CT

SATURDAY, NOV 10: 6 pm, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
SUNDAY, NOV 11: Liturgy/Sunday School at Holy Cross, Williamsport, PA
SUNDAY, NOV 11: 7 pm, Holy Trinity Church, State College
MONDAY, NOV 12: 7 pm, Holy Cross, Williamsport, PA
TUESDAY, NOV 13: Noon, St Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, PA
TUESDAY, NOV 13: 7 pm, Holy Annunciation Church, Berwick, PA

SUNDAY, NOV 18:  Liturgy/Sunday School St. George Cathedral, Springfield, MA

SUNDAY DEC 1:   12:00 to 2:30 pm St. Irenaeus Institute Family Advent program at
                                  St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, St. Louis, MO

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