Thursday November 6, 2008

Three Faiths, One Vision

Three women from Jerusalem 'a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim' will be on campus Nov. 17 to describe religion, life, harmony and conflict in the Holy Land.

Three women who call themselves Partners for Peace will be on campus Monday, Nov. 17, to present "Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision," their personal stories of life, faith, worship, harmony and conflict in the Holy Land and their work to promote a peaceful and just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Their talk, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sears Recital Hall, is sponsored by the UD religious studies department, the women's and gender studies program and the dean's office of the College of Arts and Sciences. A reception immediately follows, sponsored by the UD Center for International Programs.

The Partners for Peace include:

  • Enas Muthaffar, a Palestinian Muslim, is an independent filmmaker born and raised in Jerusalem. Muthaffar's films have been screened internationally in cities such as Jerusalem, Amman, Zurich, London, Chicago and Montreal. She has also worked as a producer/fixer for international media organizations including CNN, National Geographic and the London Times.
  • Julia Chaitin, a Jewish Israeli, is a professor, mother of three and lifelong advocate for peace and conflict resolution. She is a senior lecturer in the department of social work at Sapir College near Sderot, Israel, and a senior staff member at the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development. Chaitin has also been an active member of several organizations that promote peace, equality, nonviolence and dialogue.
  • Lucy Talgieh, a Palestinian Christian, is a project coordinator for women and youth at the Wi-am Center for Conflict Resolution, a grassroots organization empowering Palestinian women and youth through training and education. She is an active volunteer with organizations promoting democracy, nonviolence, human rights, gender equality and conflict resolution.

For information, contact Sister Judith Martin, S.S.J., at 229-4438.