The most profound (and terrifying) realization from my two trips to Israel and Palestine was: this is what happens when “either/or” and “us vs. them” thinking gets taken to the farthest extent. Once you’ve demonized “the other”, you no longer have to listen to them. And when we stop listening, the other side loses their humanity, and things can get really ugly.
We see this in politics all the time. And if I’m honest, I can do the same thing in my own life.
But there are people who believe – and are living out – a different way. And two of my favorites will be sharing their stories at Willow Creek on Friday, September 21st, 7-9pm.
(1) Lynne Hybels. You’ve heard me talk many times about my mother-in-law Lynne. (Those thoughts here). She has been leading a grassroots Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine, Pro-America, Pro-Peace, Pro-Jesus movement in the Chicagoland area for the last couple years, and there are few people I respect more.
(2) Sami Awad. Sami is a Palestinian Christian who has given his life to peacemaking. His non-profit organization, Holy Land Trust, works with the Palestinian community at both the grassroots and leadership levels in developing nonviolent approaches which aim to end the Israeli occupation and build a future that is founded on the principles of nonviolence, equality, justice, and peaceful coexistence. Lynne calls him ” the MLK Jr of Palestine”.
On September 21st, following a short time of prayer and worship together (lead by myself and a few others), Lynne will share her story about becoming a peacemaker in this tumultuous region, and then interview Sami. I really believe it’s going to be a stunning, beautifully powerful night.
So whether you are an expert in international affairs, or brand new to this conversation, please join us for this free learning community! Let us all become peacemakers together…