Countdown to Hope for the Holy Land & programme

Brightly-coloured kites, made by children from refugee camps in the Holy Land will be flying at Holy Apostles Hall in Pimlico, Central London, at  Hope for the Holy Land this weekend.

The final preparations for the weekend festival are underway now.  More than 25 organizations will be represented, all with stands and stalls - all of which are supporting Christians in the land where Jesus walked. 

There will be a performance by singer Reem Kelani, and a cafe, 12 speakers and presentations,  and two films will be shown.

Speakers' topics include - Rev Duncan Macpherson on: 'Zionism, Anti-Semitism & the Bible'. Richard Jones  from the charity Biblelands on: 'The Forgotten Faithful - Issues Facing the Arab Church';  Sister Jo Goggin  on 'Living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories March - August 2009; Fakhira Halloun is coming from Haifa especially to talk about Palestinian Christians in Israel. 

The programme of speakers follows below:

10:00 - Event Opens - Canon Pat Browne - Parish Priest,  Holy Apostles

12:00 - FILM - Bethlehem - Hidden From View

                           Revd. Garth Hewitt (Amos Trust)

13:00- Rev  Duncan Macpherson (former chairman Living Stones)

13:45 - Richard Jones (Biblelands)

14:30- Fakhira Halloun (Elijah Trust)

15:15 - Pat Gaffney (Pax Christi)

16:00 - Sr Josephine Goggins (EAPPI)

17:00 - John Pontifex (Aid to the Church in Need)

18:00 - Event closes for the day


10:30 - Mass with parish of Holy Apostles

11:30 - Event opens - coffee, tea, cakes and Palestinian brunch

12:00 - Maxim Sansour (Open Bethlehem)

12:30 - FILM - Walling In Walling Out: a Bethlehem Story

   Hanna Musleh

13:00 - Bruce Kent (Bruce Kent)

13:45 - Garry Ettle (Amnesty International)

14:30 - Revd. Naddim Nassar (Awareness Foundation)


16:45 - Colin Breed (CAABU)

17:30 - Event closes                                            

Hope for the Holy Land: Celebrating Palestinian Christianity, takes place on 28-29 November at Holy Apostles Parish Hall, Cumberland St, SW1V 4LY. For more information see:

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