Thank you for registering for the upcoming conference sponsored by DC Friends of Sabeel: "Pursue Justice, Seek Peace!" We look forward to seeing you this coming Friday and/or Saturday (March 3-4). Following are some more details about getting to the conference site:

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church is at 1313 New York Ave. NW (, about 3 blocks from the White House. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND USING METRO!!! NYAPC is just 1 block from McPherson Square Metro Station 14th Street exit. Please visit for details about using Metro, including Park&Ride. (Most Metro parking lots are free on Saturday.) If you must drive, nearby parking lots include 1333 H Street behind the church ($16 Friday, $6 after 5pm, closed Saturday) and PMI Parking at 1401 H Street ($16 Friday, $6 Saturday). Street parking is possible on Saturday, but plan on walking a few blocks.

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Once you arrive at the church, please use the New York Avenue entrance in the middle of the south side of the building. Registration will be in the Radcliffe Room, to the left of the receptionist desk.

We encourage you to come Friday morning to see what is in the Resource Room starting at 10am, then view Peter Nagle's film at 11am. There are plenty of nearby lunch options.

Please visit for the most up-to-date program information. Feel free to respond to this email with questions or contact


Nathan Rich, for the Sabeel-DC Conference Planning Committee


When you check in at the conference, you will be asked to choose one workshop for each of 3 sessions. They are listed here for your information:

Friday: 3:45-4:45  Workshop A

1. CAT: Join the Campaign Against Caterpillar
Leader: Mike Daly, Outreach Coordinator, Fellowship of Reconciliation Interfaith Peace-Builders

2. Attacking Academic Freedom in the United States: Legal and Political Consequences
Leader: Sara Roy, Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

3. Middle Eastern Christianity
Leader: Rev. Canon Naim Ateek, Director, Sabeel Liberation Theology Center

4. A Solidarity of Witness and Accompaniment
Leaders: Sally Hunsberger, Harriet Taylor and Mike Brown, Christian Peacemaker Teams; Huwaida Arraf, International Solidarity Movement; Dr. Leila Richards, WCC Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine & Israel

5. Impacting the Media: Helping Each Other Make the Case
Leader: Sam Husseini, Communications Director, Institute for Public Accuracy

6. Going Back to Basics on the Question of Palestine
Leader: Nadia Hijab, Senior Fellow, Institute for Palestine Studies

Saturday: 12:30-1:30  Workshop B

1. The Black Church, Liberation & Palestine
Leader: Rev. Graylan Hagler,  Senior Minister, Plymouth Congregational UCC & National President, UCC Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice

2. A Guide to Lobbying & Advocacy
Leader: Corinne Whitlatch, Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace

3. Walling In & Walling Out: A Closer Look at Occupation Policies
Leader: Dr. Jeff Halper, Coordinating Director, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

4. Demanding Legal Accountability from Israel in its Courts: Two New Cases, Gaza & Qana
Leader: Noura Erakat, Legal Advocate at US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

5. Courage to Refuse Movement and Current Developments in Israeli Politics   
Leader: Rami Kaplan, Israeli Defense Force reserve major and member of "Courage to Refuse"

6. Continuing Discussion
Leader: Jean Zaru, Presiding Clerk, Ramallah Quakers, and Vice President of Sabeel Liberation Theology Center

Saturday: 1:45-2:45  Workshop C

1. Christian Zionism: What Is It and How to Address It?
Leader: Rev. Dr. Don  Wagner, North Park University

2. Morally Responsible Investment, Boycott & Sanctions: A Toolkit
Leader: Liat Weingart, Director of Campaigns and Programs, Jewish Voice for Peace

3. Pilgrimage and Social Awareness: Planning for "Authentic Tourism"
Leader: Dr. Dorothy Jean Weaver, Professor of New Testament at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, VA

4. The Right of Return: A Framework of International Law
Leader: Prof. Susan Akram, Boston University School of Law

5. Reframe the Conflict: Change the Discourse!
Leaders: Jeff Halper, Israeli Committee Against House Demolition, and Mary Lou Leiser Smith, Chair of ICAHD-USA and Coordinating Director of the Coalition for Peace

6. Report back: Celebrating Nonviolence Conference, December 2005, Bethlehem    
Leaders: Rev. Phil Anderson, Kent Beduhn, Jim Vitarello