“My wife and I joined dozens of other Palestinians – from many countries – to witness the canonization of the two Palestinian saints, Sr Miriam Bardawy and Sr Mary Alfonsine, in Rome by Pope St Francis, Sunday May 17.” AEI co-founder and co-president Elias Abu Akleh looks back to his visit to Rome.
AEI was much involved in preparing the Pax Christi Assembly in Bethlehem, held May 13-17. In fact, all our staff took a share in organizational or content-related matters. As international conferences are not AEI’s daily cup of tea it was in fact for all of us a real training ground in dealing with practicalities. But there was to learn much more than that. Here a look-back from our perspective as main partner of Pax Christi in Palestine.
“Only by really listening to each other, it becomes possible to reach a deeper level of understanding and knowledge.” Annelieke Dortant, teacher philosophy (“levensbeschouwing”) at a secondary school in Utrecht in the Netherlands, volunteered this spring to facilitate several group meetings at AEI, using dialogue as method to explore deeper values. Here is her brief impression of a women’s teacher group meeting at the Sumud Story House, at the end of April.
A Historical Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace to Palestine
Visit of General Secretary - World Council of Churches
The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) and the Arab Educational Institute (AEI- Open Windows) welcomed on Sunday March 8, 2015 the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Mr. Olav Fykse Tveit and his entourage in Bethlehem. Together with his delegation he had set off for a historical pilgrimage for justice and peace in Palestine.