Twin Ports Peace Not Walls generally meets the 4th Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. CST, via Zoom and in person at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth, MN (all included on the TPPNW email list will receive information about the topic as well as the Zoom link).
HOLY LAND TRIP
Twin Ports Peace Not Walls (together with Churches for Middle East Peace) is sponsoring a Holy Land trip organized by Mejdi Tours and scheduled for March 6-17, 2023. The tour is called “The Holy Land: Stories of the Past, Struggles in the Present, Hopes for the Future” and allows participants to meet with both Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs to learn about the current struggle as well as visit key biblical and archaeological sites (https://mejditours.com/open-tour/holy-land-stories/). The cost is $3,795 (plus airfare) and will cover most expenses on the ground.
This dual narrative tour of Palestine & Israel is described, “Beginning with the rich cosmopolitan vibrancy and the gritty political realities of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, continuing into the religious histories of Jerusalem, and further into the towns and villages of the West Bank, and ending on the shores of the Mediterranean, this tour offers travelers the opportunity to meet religious leaders, artists, activists, ordinary citizens and learn about contrasting national narratives, various religious perspectives, and political points of view.”
For more information (including a copy of itinerary), please contact Katheryn Hamm by email here.
Prior to the pandemic, our group sponsored several “Film & Food Nights” to raise awareness regarding the Palestinian issue. Various congregations hosted these film nights: In Duluth, MN, Concordia Lutheran Church, First Lutheran Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and Peace United Church of Christ, and in Superior, WI, Pilgrim Lutheran Church.
The following films were viewed and discussed in these venues:
- 1948: Creation & Catastrophe
- Gaza in Conflict
- The Iron Wall
- Israel vs Israel
- Knowledge Is the Beginning
- The Occupation of the American Mind
- The Wanted 18
- With God on Our Side
During the Covid pandemic, Twin Ports Peace Not Walls’ meetings were via Zoom. The Leadership Team created power point presentations on various topics: Primer on Palestinians Living Under Occupation; Gaza: History, Trauma, & Hope; Eco-Peace Middle East; Art as Creative Resistance; and Beyond the Two-State Solution (featuring Jonathan Kuttab’s proposal).