The Jerusalem Conference

Bright Stars of Bethlehem presents



Featuring Rev. Jim Winkler, President of National Council of Churches, Rev. Mae Cannon of Christians for Middle East Peace, Soujourners’ Founder and President Jim Wallis, and Bright Stars of Bethlehem President, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb.

As part of the Room for Hope festival, The Jerusalem Conference is a one-day conference on Thursday, October 11 that brings together ecumenical scholars, theologians, and peace-doers around the topic

Jerusalem: What makes for Peace?

The recent move of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has changed the conversation. Historic commitments to Jerusalem as a city for people of three faiths are being threatened, along with the hope for peace. While the importance of the city for Jews is not questioned, its significance for Christians and Muslims, and particularly Christians is overlooked. For people of faith and for those concerned with peace in the Middle East, an inclusive Jerusalem is a must.

So, what do we need to understand about the current political realities in Jerusalem, the implications of theological frameworks of the city, and current US and foreign policy? Finally, what steps can we, as faith leaders take together and in our own networks to advance peace in this region?

In addition to responding to this urgent moment, The Jerusalem Conference is, in part, a follow up from the 2016 Atlanta Summit at the Carter Center hosted by President Carter, which brought together key representatives from 26 denominations as well as numerous faith-based organizations working towards a just peace inIsrael/Palestine. This one day conference offers a timely exploration, through panels and break-out sessions, of Jerusalem as key to peace in the Middle East. Together, we will identify concrete steps and goals towards advancing the vision of an inclusive, diverse, and equitable Jerusalem.



8:30-9:30A REGISTRATION: Hilton Ballroom, University of Houston

9:30A WELCOME: Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza and Bishop Dr. Michael Rinehart

10-11:15A PANEL 1: Jerusalem Today

— 11:15A Break —

11:30-12:45P INTERFAITH PANEL: Including Jewish, Muslim and Christian perspectives

— 12:45-2P LUNCH —

2-3:15P INTERNATIONAL LAW & THE EMBASSY MOVE: Featuring Sojourners President, Jim Wallis

3:15-4:30P WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?: Featuring, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Jim Winkler, President of National Council of Churches,
Dr. Mae Cannon, Executive Director of Christians of Middle East Peace,Featuring, Jim Winkler, President of National Council of Churches, Dr. Mae Cannon, Executive Director of Christians of Middle East Peace, and Proctor Institute representative 

Registration deadline for The Jerusalem Conference is September 20. $30/ individual ticket.
Join us after The Jerusalem Conference at the Room for Hope Festival
for a celebration of Palestinian culture through dance, music, food.

Learn more about Room for Hope & Register Here

Those who register for both the Jerusalem Conference and Room for Hope Festival will receive a hand-crafted stained glass ornament by a Palestinian artisan.

Sponsored by Bright Stars of Bethlehem, National Council of Churches, Christians for Middle East Peace, and Proctor Conference.

Cosponsors include Students for Justice in Palestine.