GVON Exclusive: Watch an Award-Winning Nonviolence Film Through Oct. 2nd

As part of Global Voices of Nonviolence, EthnoGraphic Media has made their award-winning nonviolence film Little Town of Bethlehem available on VoicesofNonviolence.org through October 2.

Palestinian Boy Near Israeli SoldiersFrom the film: Palestinian child in front of Israeli soldiers in Bethlehem

Little Town of Bethlehem
Come face-to-face with the courageous struggle for a nonviolent solution to the crisis that has torn Palestinians and Israelis apart. Little Town of Bethlehem is a bold documentary by award-winning director Jim Hanon and producer Mart Green. It shares the gripping story of how three men born into the cycle of violence have chosen to risk everything to bring peace to their homelands. Sami and Ahmad are Palestinians; one is a Christian, the other a Muslim; and Yonatan is an Israeli Jew. Each finds inspiration through the example of Martin Luther King Jr.’s and Mahatma Gandhi’s sacrificial commitment to equality. At great personal cost, they join together in a heroic and dangerous cause.

In the city of Bethlehem, where it is said that God became man, these men stand side by side with those whose only desire is to be treated as equals, as fellow human beings. Their story brings the possibility of real hope to this embattled region and provides a model for resolution of hostilities throughout the world.

Visit LittleTownofBethlehem.org to learn more and watch the trailer. Screening licenses are available during GVON at 25% off.


Hope for the Holy Land Tour Starts Today

What’s the situation on the ground in the Holy Land today? What challenges need to be overcome? How are Palestinians and Israelis working to improve the situation for both peoples? How can Christians be peacemakers and reconcilers in the midst of this situation?

Mae Elise Cannon of World Vision, Sami Awad, executive director of Holy Land Trust, and Lynne Hybels, one of the founders of Willow Creek Church in Chicago, have teamed up to address these important questions and more as part of the Hope for the Holy Land tour, which starts today at Vineyard Columbus in Columbus, OH, and runs through September 30.

According to the brochure, the team is “Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine, Pro-Peace, Pro-Justice, and Pro-Jesus,” interested in promoting “a sustainable Christian Church in the Holy Land,” and seeks “to improve the lives of children and communities.” This tour provides an excellent opportunity to hear voices of nonviolence, hope, and peace during Global Voices of Nonviolence (GVON), and to learn how you can be part of the solution.

In addition to Columbus, OH, the tour will stop at locations in the Twin Cities (Minnesota); Troy, MI; Barrington, IL; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; and Wheaton, IL. For details, refer to the Hope for the Holy Land brochure (PDF file), VoicesofNonviolence.org events calendar, and the specific venue websites.

Love the Jews Not the Arabs or Love the Arabs but Never Jews?

People with Zionist perspectives tend to support Israel unconditionally. Those who support Palestinians and other Arabs tend to be against the Jewish state. Dr. Rex M. Rogers takes a look at this phenomenon from a Christian perspective.

I meet people who love the Jewish people, their heritage and history, culture, food, and religion. These people also tend to support, defend, and otherwise embrace Israel as a nation state.

I meet people who love the Arab people, their heritage and history, culture, food, and possibly religion. These people also tend to support, defend, and otherwise embrace Arab world nation states.

Mostly, those supporting Jews and those supporting Arabs stand alongside one but not the other body of people. In other words, it’s like never the twain shall meet, an eternal juxtaposition. It’s assumed or sometimes stated in bold relief: “Love the Jews not the Arabs” or “Love the Arabs but never Jews.”

Read the entire article on the West Michigan Christian News website.