Every year we sing ‘O Little Town’ but how much do we really know about life in Bethlehem? As we journey through advent each year our thoughts turn to the place where Jesus was born. But how much do we actually know about Bethlehem today? A world apart from carols and Christmas cards is a living, breathing city in the West Bank whose people face unique challenges in a place like no other.
Justice and Peace Scotland invite you to join them on Sunday to hear voices from the Christian community in Bethlehem sharing their experiences and hopes for their city.
Vera Baboun – A teacher and academic Vera Baboun became the first woman to be elected Mayor of Bethlehem leading a party list of both Christian and Muslim candidates from 2012-2017. Facing the challenges created by the security barrier, mass unemployment, and an exodus of the Christian population during her time in office she sought to improve infrastructure, create opportunities for young people to work, and to promote the cultural, historical and spiritual heritage of Bethlehem.
Laila Asfoura – A businesswoman and the Director of Laila Tours & Travels, Laila Asfoura is a dynamic member of the Christian community in Bethlehem, involved with establishing St Martha’s House, a centre for elderly women, many widowed and isolated from family who have moved abroad, to meet, spend time together and share their experience.
The event takes place on Sunday 13th December from 4.30pm – 6pm
Register to join here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reflection-on-bethlehem-tickets-129274542637