Two Wailing Walls and the Peoples of Promise
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There are two wailing walls. One is the remains of the Temple, symbolizing in part the sense of oppression the Jews experienced under foreign invaders and their longing for their dreams as a people to be realized. The other wailing wall is that erected by the Jewish state, and which the Palestinians believe marginalizes and keeps them from pursuing their dreams as a people.
This conference seeks to draw attention to the often-unrecognized sufferings of the Palestinian people, and to pursue peace that benefits them as well as Israel. The Western church needs to be concerned for Palestinians (including Palestinian Christians) as well as Israelis and other peoples in the region in view of God’s promises made to Abraham for his sons Isaac and Ishmael and which are ultimately fulfilled in Jesus.
Dr. Tony Maalouf, Director of the MA in Islamic Studies program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will be our keynote speaker at this New Wine, New Wineskins conference. Other speakers include David Austin, former executive director of the State Department’s Interfaith Cooperative Initiative in the Holy Land; Debbie Bayes, ESL teacher to the West Bank; Al Baylis, Professor of Bible and Theology at Multnomah Biblical Seminary; Brad Harper, Professor of Theology at Multnomah University; Daniel Isaak, President of the Oregon Board of Rabbis; Richard Reno, President of Portland’s Rizwan Mosque; Leonard Rodgers, Director of Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding; and Judith Rood, Professor of History at Biola University, specializing in the problem of relations between Muslims, Christians and Jews from an historical perspective. Join us on Saturday, October 2 from 9:00am – 4:30pm at Multnomah Biblical Seminary (8435 NE Glisan St.; Portland, OR 97220) for a thought-provoking and eye-opening day.
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