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I am pleased to be able to share with you news of my recent visit to Australia, as well as current and future projects. Thank you so much for being a member of the Peacemaker Team. (Photo of Revd Ian Smith, Executive Officer of the Victorian Council of Churches and the Right Revd Philip Huggins, President of the National Council of Churches in Australia)
The Australian Tour

In March, I was invited to give a series of lectures on a biblical perspective on Israel and the Church in several theological colleges, churches and conferences in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. I was also interviewed for several local and national radio stations and led the staff devotions for World Vision Australia. the most intense but fruitful project since the launch of Peacemaker Trust.  

The tour was sponsored by Fighting Fathers, the Palestine Israel Ecumenical NetworkFriends of Sabeel Australia, the Surrender ConferenceWorld Vision Australia and the Peacemaker Trust.   

I was invited to give a series of lectures on a biblical perspective on Israel and the Church in several theological colleges, churches and conferences in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. I was also interviewed by several local and national radio stations, spoke at the Surrender conference and led the staff devotions for World Vision Australia.

I gave lectures on the Bible, Israel and the Church at St Francis College, Milton,  Sydney Missionary Bible College, and Ridley College, Melbourne. I also visited Moore Collegein Sydney and met with the Principal, Dr Mark Thompson. He invited me to lecture there on a future visit. 
I also preached at Holy Trinity, Dulwich Hill, and gave two seminars at Holy Trinity, Dulwich Hill and Balmain Uniting Churchin Sydney. The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network (PIEN) asked me to give a presentation at the Royal Oak Hotel while in Melbourne.
 
I was interviewed by David Adams for Sight Magazine, by Emma Halgren for the Melbourne Anglican and Barry Gittins for the Uniting Church’s publication Crosslight. I recorded radio interviews with Revd Dr Lynn Arnold, the former Premier of South Australia and CEO of World Vision Australia, for 1079 Life, by Robert Martin for 3CR Community Radio and by David Rutledge for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Good Friday programme.
 
Attending and speaking at the Surrender Conference, held at Belgrave Heights Convention Centre in Melbourne, was one of the highlights of the tour, as was participating in the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice in Melbourne, attended by thousands in support of better treatment for asylum seekers and refugees. On my final morning in Australia I was invited to speak to the World Vision Australia staff in Melbourne. Tim Costello, Chief Catalyst for WVA and former CEO interviewed me about a biblical critique of Christian Zionism.  The weeklyWorld Vision staff devotions are videoed and shared with around 10,000 clergy though Ridley College

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Peacemaker News
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Britain, Israel, Palestine: 70 Years On
On the 1st May, King’s College, London & Balfour Project: held a conference marking the 70th anniversary of the Balfour declaration. Speakers included Sir Vincent Fean (former British Counsel-General, Jerusalem), Alon Liel (former Director-General, Israeli Foreign Ministry), Ghada Karmi (Palestinian doctor, writer, Research Fellow, Exeter University), Peter Shambrook (British historian specialising in the Middle East), Leila Sansour (Palestinian film maker based in Bethlehem) and Menachem Klein (Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel and Visiting Professor, Kings College Middle East Studies Department). View more photos here
Book Aid
Over the last 30 years Book Aid have delivered 30 million Christian Books and Bibles to mission partners around the world. I am one of their regional collectors receiving, storing and delivering books in Hampshire. I recently delivered 20 boxes of books to their warehouse, based in Lower Sydenham, in South London. You too can visit, give, buy or volunteer. www.book-aid.org  

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Ian Curtis Joins Peacemaker Board
Ian Curtis, former Vice President for Governance and Accountability with World Vision International, and now Chair of International Needs Australia, has kindly agreed to join the Peacemaker International Board of Reference.
 
The Stones Cry Out
We are pleased to be able to help promote and distribute Yasmine Perni’s film, The Stones Cry Out in the UK. You may order a copy through her website

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Dalit Christian Watch
I recently met Rev Dr Vincent Manoharan, Convener of National Dalit Christian Watch in New Delhi, India, with Chris Rose at Amos Trust to discuss cooperation with Kairos India in supporting the human rights of both Dalits and Palestinians.

Pipe Village Trust have produced some excellent resources on the plight of the Dalit community.
 
Becoming an Eco Church
I was delighted to learn that Christ Church Virginia Water is now an Eco Church. Onward toward the silver!  Creation Care is very much part of the mission of the Church and therefore of Peacemaker Trust also.
 
Peacemaker Interviews
I recently interviewed Bishop Riah Abu El Assal and Canon Garth Hewitt on the tragic situation in Syria and Gaza. We have also promoted an important statement by the Patriarchs in Syria  
Garth Hewitt gives his assessment of the situation in Gaza.
The Right Revd Riah Abu El Assal, retired Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, speaks candidly about Syria, the intervention of the US, France and UK, the threat of war, and the silence of the Western Church

Garth Hewitt talks about his new autobiography and music CD, Against the Grain: Choices on a Journey with Justice. A mixture of stories, theology, wisdom, music, humour – all building together to say something rally important… but gently.

Published Articles
Jerusalem: The Eternal Capital of Faith
President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, destroyed in the stroke of the pen any lingering illusions of a shared city, the two state solution or an independent sovereign Palestine. Jewish and Christian Zionists regard Jerusalem as the exclusive, undivided and eternal capital of the Jewish state, justifying the annexation, segregation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine. 

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The New Antisemitism
An article on the implications of widening of the definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. Continue reading...
The Weaponisation of Antisemitism
An interview with Roshan Muhammed Salih for Press TV on the weaponisation of antisemitism together with Jonathan Rosenhead, Emeritus Professor of Operational Research at the London School of Economics. Jonathan is also chair of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine and executive member of Jewish Voice for Labour

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Preach the Word
One of the delights of retirement is the opportunity to lead services and preach in other parishes. Most Sundays when I am in the UK, therefore, I am assisting with services in nearby churches in Winchester Diocese. Here are some recent sermons preached:

What is Conversion? (Acts 9)
Lord Teach us to Pray (Luke 11)
How to be a Friend of God (John 15)
Jesus Prayed for You (John 17)
The Spirit of Pentecost Today (Acts 2)
 
Forthcoming Event
How can we Read the Old Testament?
An opportunity to engage with Canon Naim Ateek, founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Centre, Jerusalem on Tuesday 26th June 2018 – King’s College London. It is part of Amos Trust’s occasional theology series and is run in collaboration with Sabeel Kairos. The focus will be on theology, and while Naim will talk about the current situation in Palestine, it will seek to draw out learning for us in our churches today.

Please make sure you register as Kings College will need a list of attendees.

Naim’s new book will be available at the event – ‘A Palestine Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice and the Palestine Israel Conflict’

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Future Projects
Teaching and Training in East Africa
God willing, in June, I will be lecturing at the Cyangugu theological school in Rwanda and in September, visiting Uganda and Kenya to assist with training church leaders to use the Christianity Explored Course. More news in July.
 
The Peacemaker Team
Peacemaker Trust is a faith ministry. By the grace of God, we are entirely dependent on your prayers, advocacy and financial support. 

We are very thankful that 90% of our 2018 budget is already pledged or given. However, we still need to raise a further £5,000 to fulfil our goals for the year ahead. Join the Peacemaker Team – Peacemakers Donation Response Form 

Download the Peacemaker Challenge 2018  Find out how to give here.

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