2013 Tree of Life Conferences

2013 Tree of Life Conferences

Tree of Life Educational Fund in partnership with Friends of Sabeel – North America is pleased to announce this series of conferences:
To Exist is to Resist: Voices of Resistance from Israel and Palestine

About the Conference
“To Exist is to Resist.” These words can be found on a mural on the 28-foot-tall, concrete wall that imprisons Palestinians, separating them from their families, olive orchards, businesses, universities and places of worship, making it extraordinarily difficult for them to live normal lives.

Nevertheless, the people who live within the Wall have distinguished themselves by their resilience, their determination to provide for their families, and their persistence in keeping hope alive from one generation to another.

While the barrier has been built by Israel to keep Palestinians apart from Israelis, there are those on both sides of it – Israelis and Palestinians – who refuse to engage in enmity, and by their very existence oppose the forces that would keep them apart.

There is genuine hope for change in their growing nonviolent resistance. And there is hope in the growing numbers of corporations, churches, academic institutions, performing artists, unions, human rights organizations and concerned individuals who have come to understand how the Wall and all the other instruments of inhumanity and occupation are impediments to peace.

In this, our ninth annual Tree of Life Conference, we will learn from people who have distinguished themselves as voices of resistance. Perhaps in hearing them, we will emerge as voices of resistance ourselves, intent on speaking up and out to promote peace in the very troubled Holy Land.

Conference Venues & Speakers

  • October 13 Mount Mansfield, Unitarian Fellowship, Jericho, VT
    Sermon: David W. Good
  • October 17 & 18 Norwich University, Northfield, VT
    Speaker: Miko Peled
  • October 19 St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, New York, NY
    Speakers: Jane Hilal, Miko Peled
  • October 20 First Congregational, Church of Old Lyme, Old Lyme, CT
    Speakers: Jane Hilal, Miko Peled, Charles Villa-Vicencio, Lowell Weicker
  • October 21 & 22 Northfield Mount Hermon School, Gill, MA
    Speakers: Jane Hilal, Miko Peled
  • October 23 University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
    Speakers: Jane Hilal, Miko Peled
  • October 25, 26 & 27 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    Speaker: Miko Peled
  • October 27 St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Harwich, MA (Cape Cod)
    Speakers: Jane Hilal, Miko Peled
  • October 27 Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Hartford, CT
    Speaker: Daoud Nassar
  • October 28 Hartford Unitarian Church, Hartford, CT
    Speakers: Maya Wind, Eran Efrati, Daoud Nassar, Jane Hilal
  • October 29 Storrs Congregational Church, Storrs, CT
    Speakers: Jane Hilal, Miko Peled
  • October 30 Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
    Speakers: Daoud Nassar, Jane Hilal
  • October 31 Koinonia Farm, GA
    Speaker: Jane Hilal

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