You’re invited to this special event:
Connection Beyond Conflict
Interfaith Solidarity & Peacemaking in the Holy Land & Beyond
Thursday, February 21st, 7:00pm
Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church
308 4th Avenue S, Kirkland WA 98033
Guest Speaker: Sheikh Ghassan Manasra, International Director, Abrahamic Reunion
For the past 15 years, The Abrahamic Reunion has been working steadily to create harmony among the four faiths of the Holy Land in Israel and Palestine, even — and often especially — in the midst of conflict and tension. Their successes are only just now becoming known and recognized.
Hear stories from Sheikh Ghassan’s many years of front-line engagement with inter-religious dialogue, interfaith spiritual activism, and multi-faith peacebuilding in Israel, Palestine, and around the world.
Sheikh Ghassan Manasra is a globally recognized interreligious dialogue expert and facilitator. He is also a Fulbright Scholar and lecturer. He currently serves, and has served in the past, on the boards of numerous Israeli, American, and international peacemaking organizations, including The Middle East Civic Forum, the Sulha Peace Project, Anwar Il-Salaam (Lights of Peace Center), and the World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace. He is from Nazareth, Israel.
Sheikh Ghassan was awarded the 2014 “Outstanding Leader in Interreligious Dialogue” award from the Dialogue Institute of Temple University in conjunction with the Fulbright Foundation and the U.S. State Department. He is a trusted advisor to heads of state—secular, Jewish, and Muslim—in the Middle East, Europe, and North America, and he has many friends across all religious and political divisions.
He is a trained scholar in both Arabic and Hebrew. He is a writer, poet and author, and has taught at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is sought after around the world for lectures and workshops on peacemaking, Islam, interfaith and multifaith dialogue, and interreligious relations. He has lectured at governmental and religious institutions, as well as at Cornell, Cambridge, Yale, American, Temple, and Ryerson Universities. In addition, he has been a presenter at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Congress of Rabbis and Imams for Peace, and many other interreligious organizations around the world.
Sheikh Ghassan is Co-Coordinator of the Abrahamic Reunion, which is a network of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Druze, and secular peacemakers dedicated to rebuilding trust and creating a lasting harmonious peace in the Holy Land through interreligious dialogue, prayer, events, and religious influence. In addition, he is Interreligious Dialogue Lecturer, Coordinator, and Advisor at Rising Tide International in Sarasota, Florida.