CHRISTIANS FOR FAIR WITNESS ON THE MIDDLE EAST will hold a Press Conference to warn against the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic messages that may be conveyed by the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center (Sabeel) at its conference at First United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh beginning Friday February 24.
Sabeel is a Palestinian Ecumenical group that has held regional conferences all over the United States and describes its mission as finding a just peace in Palestine/Israel.
“Sabeel however, has a history of demonizing the State of Israel rather than truly seeking a just peace,” says Sr. Ruth Lautt, O.P. “Our goal is to warn Christian leaders about the dangers of using Sabeel’s dishonest narrative about the Arab/Israeli conflict. This is not Christian witness. This is propaganda that may lead to a dangerous weakening of the perceived right of Israel to exist and will ultimately divide our churches.”
WHEN: Friday, February 24, 2006
TIME: 10:00 AM (Continental Breakfast Served)
WHERE: Pittsburgh Hilton
The Heinz Room
600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA
Dexter Van Zile, United Church of Christ Layman and Director of the Judeo-Christian Alliance, will chair the conference.
Sr. Ruth Lautt, O.P., Esq. is the National Director of Fair Witness and a practicing attorney in New York.
Sr. Ruth will put the Arab/Israeli conflict into historical context.
Rev. Jim Loughran, S.A. is a Roman Catholic Priest and the Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.
Fr. Loughran will discuss the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church on Jews and Judaism in Nostra Aetate and other church documents and how these relate to Israel.
Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr., is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a Professor of History at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Tilford will discuss the Jewish struggle for a homeland and freedom of religion and democracy in Israel.