Melvina ‘Awwad (80)
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.
“The Political Context is Always There.”
Fuad Giacaman, head of AEI’s Interreligious program and AEI’s co president, speaks out about inter-religious learning in Bethlehem, in an interview made for the German organization Kindermissionswerk.
March is the busiest month in our calendar for its many human, religious, social, environmental and national occasions: International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day, Spring’s Day, Al Karameh Day, the Annunciation Feast, Land Day. We have to reflect upon the meanings of these occasions - and also of Lent. which is in the same period. All these occasions are basically about love and connection.
In 1986, I was walking with Fuad [Giacaman] in Paris, and we were brainstorming about what we could do besides our work as school administrators at the Freres School in Bethlehem. I raised the issue: Why not to start up an educational center? We knew there was need for remedial teaching and especially for language learning in our society. Many school students, especially the older ones, were in need of extracurricular support after school hours. That’s how the Arab Educational Institute started.