Marylhurst University Partners in Peace: Forum for Interfaith Dialogue

Saturday March 14 & Sunday March 15th , 2009… … …
Art Reflection -by Vicki Shuck.

(Continuing Education,, undergraduate or graduate credit may be earned in connection to these Marylhurst University Ministry Partners in Peace events).

Sat. March 14th
Parish Without Borders: Starting and Strengthening Social Ministry in your Parish
Office of Justice and Peace Archdiocese of Portland
-Catholic Relief Society –West
9:30 am -3:30 pm
Marylhurst University’s Flavia Hall Salon. Continental Breakfast and Lunch Provided.

Justice for the World- Celebration of the Eucharist…4:00pm. -5:00 pm – Flavia Hall Salon. (Presider Fr. Rick Ganz, S. J.)
Liturgical Artists: students Jenny Pixler, William Perry, Crystal Larsen, Sr. Carol Higgins, SNJM and Dr. Sheila O’Connell-Roussell- University Ministry.

Sun. March 15th
Seeking a Just Peace- Gaza, Palestine and Israel
Prayer, Discussion and Community Sharing.
Marylhurst Forum for Interfaith Dialogue
Presenters from the Jewish, Islamic and Christian Communities.
2:00pm -4:00 pm Marylhurst University’s Flavia Hall Salon.
Table: display materials.
Reception with Refreshments Provided.

You are invited to Our free University Ministry Partners in Peace Events.

Parish Without Borders: Starting and Strengthening Social Ministry in your Parish

This workshop helps participants to start a parish social justice ministry that is (1) rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, (2) connected to other ministries in the parish, and (3) a leaven to invite all parishioners to participate, not just a motivated few! These effective (and realistic!) steps are also helpful for strengthening or renewing the social justice ministry that already exists.

1 – Inspiration: Being a Leaven of Social Justice
2 – Organization: Moving People to Action & Keeping it Going
3 – Collaboration: Building Connections across the Archdiocese
4 – Transformation: Building Solidarity with the whole Human Family!


Tom Ulrich -Catholic Relief Services, Director of Constituency Relations and Support Department in US Operations.

Joe Hastings -Catholic Relief Services

Catherine Willett -Office of Justice and Peace Archdiocese of Portland

Jeanine Boucher-Colbert -Catholic Relief Society -West

Marylhurst Forum for Interfaith Dialogue

Sunday March 15
Seeking a Just Peace- Gaza, Palestine and Israel
Prayer, Discussion and Community Sharing.

Dr. Masoud Kheirabadi, Ph.D – Marylhurst Professor

Sr.Elaine Kelley, Friends of Sabeel–North America

Robert Abramovitz- Marylhurst M.Div student and Rabbi to Business

Joe Hastings- Catholic Relief Services

Catherine Willett—Office of Peace and Justice Archdiocese of Portland.

A Prayer service, discussion and reception for the community to address peace and justice with a focus on the current issues in Gaza, Palestine and Israel. We gather as an interfaith community to pray, and to express our grief over the distress among our brothers and sisters of all faiths and cultures, and to find hope in our shared humanity.

Opportunities in our Community: We would also like to make you aware of another event scheduled for the same weekend. If you are not able to join us at Marylhurst, the Sisters of the Holy Names have sponsored -Christian-Muslim Understanding (ICMU) —
“Connecting for the Common Good: Moving from Common Word to Common Works” by Dr. John Borelli (Georgetown) and Dr. Amir Hussain Loyola Marymount) at 1:00 pm, March 13-14, 2009 at Portland State University. More information can be found at &

The Catholic Campaign for Peace in the Holy Land is part of an unprecedented interreligious initiative. This initiative engages Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders and communities in a coordinated effort to promote a just peace in the Middle East. The following is adapted from the USCCB site for Peace and Justice.

Since Dec. 27 08, the Israeli initiative to stop the Palestinian militant group Hamas from launching rockets, more than 1,000 Palestinians and 13 Israelis have died.

“Religious tensions play a minor role in fueling world conflicts; rather, countless economic and social injustices are what foment violence,” said Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

“Stop the Violence, Start Building Peace” is the plea of the Episcopal Conference of the Mother Church of Jerusalem – a divided and suffering land.

“There can be no peace unless people believe in peace. There can be no security unless there is security for all. There can be no justice unless there is justice for everyone in this land,”(Bishops in the communiqué of Jerusalem).

To the world’s leaders the bishops pleaded, “Work with Israelis and Palestinians to stop the violence in Gaza and provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance. But do not stop there. With one voice press Israelis and Palestinians to build a just peace with security for Israel and a viable state for Palestinians.”

Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., said, “”Both Palestinians and Israelis have experienced hurt, violence, death of loved ones, have seen suffering of children and have a shared experience of pain,…” whether by Hamas rockets or Israeli military actions—is only “furthering bitterness and desire for revenge in an endless spiral.”

“Violence begets violence”.

“Israeli families are terrified of rocket attacks. Palestinians families agonize over the hundreds dying in Gaza and the dire humanitarian situation. Violence only breeds violence. The United States with the international community must help break this spiral of violence.” He added, “Throughout this trip I witnessed vibrant faith: Muslim calls to prayer, Jews bowing in prayer, Christians celebrating the Eucharist with joy. Faith must play an important part in resolving the conflict. Religious leaders must emphasize our common belief in peace and the human dignity of all.”

January 15, 2009
Bethlehem – Jerusalem

The People’s Voice Peace Initiative
An Israeli-Palestinian civil society Initiative developed by Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, President of Al Quds University in Jerusalem and Ami Ayalon, former head of the Israeli security service, Shin Bet.

In early 2004 the Initiative had more than 150,000 Israeli and 125,000 Palestinian
endorsers. This initiative, like the Geneva Accord, offers benchmark principles and ideas for realistic compromises for mutually acceptable peace, including on crucial, sensitive issues such as borders, security, settlements, refugees and Jerusalem.

The Palestinian people and the Jewish people each recognize the other’s historic rights with respect to the same land.

The Jewish people has for generations wanted to establish the Jewish State in all the Land of Israel, while the Palestinian people has similarly wanted to establish a state in all of Palestine.
The two sides hereby agree to accept a historic compromise based on the principle of two sovereign and viable states existing side by side. The following Statement of Intentions is an expression of the will of the majority of the people. Both sides believe that through this initiative they can influence their leaders and thereby open a new chapter in the region’s history. This new chapter will be realized by calling on the international community to guarantee security in the region and to help in rehabilitating and developing the region’s economy.

The People’s Voice- Statement of Intentions
1. Two states for two peoples: Both sides will declare that Palestine is the only state of the Palestinian people and Israel is the only state of the Jewish people.

2. Borders: Permanent borders between the two states will be agreed on the basis of the June 4, 1967 lines, UN resolutions and the Arab peace initiative (known as the Saudi initiative). – Border modifications will be based on an equal territorial exchange (1:1) in accordance with the vital needs of both sides, including security, territorial contiguity, and demographic considerations.
– The Palestinian State will have a connection between its two geographic areas, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. – After establishment of the agreed borders, no settlers will remain in the Palestinian state.

3. Jerusalem: Jerusalem will be an open city, the capital of two states. Freedom of religion and full access to holy sites will be guaranteed to all. – Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem will come under Palestinian sovereignty; Jewish neighborhoods under Israeli sovereignty. – Neither side will exercise sovereignty over the holy places. The State of Palestine will be designated Guardian of the Temple Mount for the benefit of Muslims. Israel will be the Guardian of the Western Wall for the benefit of the Jewish people. The status quo on Christian holy sites will be maintained. No excavation will take place in or underneath the holy sites.

4. Right of return: Recognizing the suffering and the plight of the Palestinian refugees, the international community, Israel, and the Palestinian State will initiate and contribute to an international fund to compensate them. – Palestinian refugees will return only to the State of Palestine; Jews will return only to the State of Israel.

5. The Palestinian State will be demilitarized and the international community will guarantee its security and independence.

6. End of conflict: Upon the full implementation of these principles, all claims on both sides and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will end.

A Resource from the
National Interreligious Initiative for Peace
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