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Re-entry

An update from two volunteers’ semester in Bethlehem Last February, John and Barbara Fritsche traded their downtown Chicago condo for a small apartment in the bustling center of Bethlehem. They’d wake every morning to the sounds of church bells, calls to prayer, and shop-owners hawking their goods. They found themselves immersed in an energy that […]

Play presents Mary through eyes of today’s Bethlehemites

“This is a play that’s so important because it celebrates our Palestinian women. And we need to celebrate our Palestinian women,” shared a father, with his arms around his two sons. Dr. Victoria Rue recounts this memorable response to her play, Maryam: A Woman of Bethlehem. The play, based on interviews with 30+ Bethlehem residents […]

BREAKING NEWS!

WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE MARC LAMONT HILL AS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR OUR 15TH ANNIVERSARY GALA CELEBRATION IN CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 29!   VIEW THIS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM REV. DR. MITRI RAHEB HERE- VISIT OUR EVENT PAGE HERE.

Serving up hope, one dish at a time

For most of us, food is a thing of heritage, connecting us to the kitchens of our childhood, our grandparents. Even for those of us with a survival-only relationship to food, we all have that one dish or holiday treat, that reminds us from where we came and where we’ve been. Food is about connections- […]

African American pastor witnesses shared struggle- and hope- in Palestine

I recently returned from a Bright Stars trip to Palestine. Allow me to share my take-aways with you- Although I previously visited Israel, this trip was different. During the past trip, we mainly focused on historic and Biblical sites in Israel. During this trip, however, we spent much of our time in and around Bethlehem, […]

Why the pope’s UAE visit matters to us

On February 5, Pope Francis held a historic mass in Abu Dhabi. This visit coincided with the pope’s signing, along with with Sheikh Al Azhar, Ahmed al Tayyeb, a document committed to building “Human Fraternity.” This gathering of the western and Arab world’s most prominent religious leaders was preceded by a 2-day “Conference on Human […]

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