Palestine Unlimited Reception and Dialogue

Conversations that Matter discussion on the topic, “Move beyond stereotypes, enter hope…” featured an interfaith featuring (left to right) Bishop Tim Smith, Dr. Mitch Siegel, Mohamed Eliwa, and was facilitated by Pastor Rhodes Woolly.

By Mike Connor

On March 10, more than 50 people attended the reception and dialogue for the Palestine: Unlimited Photo Exhibit at St. John’s. The enthusiasm of our volunteers, the Peeler Hall and Faith Center layout, background music, and refreshments resulted in a welcoming atmosphere throughout the evening.  In addition to the artwork, people were clearly engaged in the Faith Center events as well as St. John’s library resources and Bright Stars of Bethlehem merchandise.

We were successful in meeting both exhibit objectives of awareness building and fund raising. I received positive feedback from various attendees on compelling aspects of both the artwork and artists’ bios. I believe the guidance on meditative viewing also assisted in that regard. The Conversations that Matter interfaith panel was a robust discussion. A couple of meaningful messages for me were: “Hope is more powerful than memory” and “Justice is much more than retribution.” We even had someone check out a Palestinian resource from St. John’s library!

The opening reception generated $440 for artists and Dar al Kalima scholarships. One photo (Liberty we breathe) was sold.