Lenten Program at St. Peter’s—Steadfast Hope: the Palestinian Quest for Just Peace

The book and DVD "Steadfast Hope" will be used for the Lenten program at St. Peter's

This year’s Lenten Program, beginning Wednesday, February 29th, will be a joint endeavor with St. Peter’s and St. John Baptist in Thomaston. The program is entitled Steadfast Hope: the Palestinian Quest for Just Peace. This is a program sponsored by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, Stephen Lane, has encouraged each Parish in the Diocese to consider offering this program for Lenten study.

Two members of St. John Baptist Episcopal Church in Thomaston, Gretchen Crawford and Elias Edwards-Jenks will join Rev. Glenn Mahaffey, rector at St. Peter’s, in facilitating the discussions. Gretchen Crawford is a member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, and Elias Edwards-Jenks just completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and wrote his thesis on the Israeli-Palestinian situation from the viewpoint of anthropology. All three of the facilitators bring different backgrounds and interests to this very interesting and timely topic.

Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace, a 50 page colorful booklet and DVD, will give a solid historical basis for understanding the Palestinian dilemma. Steadfast Hope challenges common myths and misperceptions about the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, presents a compelling snapshot of the present situation on the ground, and offers a guide to the challenges that lie ahead in the quest for peace. The program shares conflicting narratives from the Jewish and Palestinian perspectives, as well as Christian attitudes toward Israel and where Americans have been in the conversation. A history and timeline of the occupation of Jerusalem and surroundings from 1946-2009 is given, with maps and facts, including environmental impacts, war, and occupation. The resource culminates in understanding the issues of today and how peace-making can provide an initiative for change. Copies of Steadfast Hope will be available at the sessions.

St. Peter’s will host this program on Wednesday nights for five weeks at St. Peter’s, beginning on February 29th at 5:30pm. Each evening will begin with a simple soup and bread dinner, followed by a short DVD presentation and discussion.

We hope you can join us to grow in your faith in 2012!

St. Peter’s has two Sunday services: 8 am Holy Eucharist—Rite 1 and 10:30 am Holy Eucharist—Rite 2. The Children’s Sunday School meets in the church Undercroft at 10:30 am. All are welcome at the activities and worship at St. Peter’s.

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