Across the Divide

Across the Divide Podcast

Across the Divide explores the intersection of the Christian faith and social justice in the context of Palestine-Israel and its relationship to the church in the West. The podcast is hosted and produced by a group of Palestinian and American Christians, and seeks to provide a space for thoughtful and critical conversations that reflect on the situation in Palestine-Israel through the lens of Christian faith, theology, and the Bible. read less
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Episodes

7. Decolonizing Christian Peacebuilding in Palestine: A Conversation with Shadia Qubti
Jan 29 2024
7. Decolonizing Christian Peacebuilding in Palestine: A Conversation with Shadia Qubti
In this episode, Abeer and Jen have a conversation with Shadia Qubti, a Palestinian Christian scholar and activist. In the conversation, Shadia shares about her experience being Palestinian with Israeli citizenship and the challenges and barriers that Palestinian women often face. We also discuss the Western church’s role in peacebuilding, practices for decolonizing solidarity, and the idea of seeking positive, constructive peace. Shadia Qubti is a Palestinian Christian who has worked in peace-building and advocacy initiatives for 15 years. She is particularly focused on amplifying the voices and perspectives of women and other minorities in various ways, one of which was in the Women Behind the Wall podcast, which she hosted previously. Shadia was born and raised in Nazareth. She studied International Relations and English Language at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Conflict Resolution and Nonviolent Action at Trinity Dublin College in Ireland. Shadia recently completed a second MA degree in Interreligious and Indigenous Studies at Vancouver School of Theology, where she completed her thesis, "A Theological Conversation between Palestinian and North American Indigenous Understandings of Land." Shadia is currently working as the Community Engagement Animator at Trinity Grace United Church in Vancouver, Canada. You can follow Shadia on IG @shadiaqubti (where she will share her Master’s Thesis upon request).  If you enjoy our podcast, please consider becoming a monthly supporter at: ⁠⁠https://ko-fi.com/acrossthedividepodcast⁠⁠ Follow Across the Divide on Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/acrossthedividepodcast/⁠⁠⁠ Show Notes Women Behind the Wall Podcast “Do Not Be Afraid–A Palestinian Reflection on Advent,” Shadia Qubti, Sabeel Cornerstone “Palestinian Christians reflect on a Christmas like no other,” Shadia Qubti and others, Canadian Mennonite Magazine “Land and People,” Andrea Smith in A Land Full of God Galtung Institute for Peace Theory and Peace Practice“Timeline: Israel’s Attacks on Gaza Since 2005,” Al Jazeera (including the 2014 War) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/acrossthedivide/message
3. The Church and Gaza: A Palestinian Christian Response
Dec 8 2023
3. The Church and Gaza: A Palestinian Christian Response
This unique episode includes recordings from a special session on Palestinian Christianity at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) 2023 Annual Meeting. This session was organized by the Middle Eastern Christianity Unit to discuss the open letter that was written by four Palestinian theologians to the church in the West: Anton Deik, Rev. Munther Isaac, Daniel Bannoura, and Yousef Alkhouri. Speakers in this session include three of the co-authors of the letter, and the respondents include Logan Williams, Judith Norman, and Atalia Omer. This episode features an important conversation that addresses the missteps and the potential role of the Western church in ending the war on Gaza and seeking justice and peace in Palestine-Israel. You can support Across the Divide Podcast with a monthly or one-time donation at ⁠ko-fi.com/acrossthedividepodcast Show Notes An Open Letter from Palestinian Christians to Western Church Leaders and Theologians (Petition still accepting signatures as of December 8, 2023) Palestinian Christian Books: The Other Side of the Wall: A Palestinian Christian Narrative of Lament and Hope, Munther Isaac Through My Enemy's Eyes: Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine, Salim J Munayer and Lisa Loden Decolonizing Palestine: The Land, The People, the Bible, Mitri Raheb Occupied with Nonviolence: A Palestinian Woman Speaks, Jean Zaru A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice and the Palestine-Israel Conflict, Naim Ateek Yet in the Dark Streets Shining: A Palestinian Story of Hope and Resilience in Bethlehem, Bishara Awad and Mercy Aiken Organizations for Education & Action: Christ at the Checkpoint Sabeel, Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) US Campaign for Palestinian Human Rights B'tselem⁠ Community Peacemakers Team (CPT) Challenging Christian Zionism Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East (NEME) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/acrossthedivide/message
2. Christian Responses to the War on Gaza
Nov 18 2023
2. Christian Responses to the War on Gaza
In this episode, co-hosts Daniel and Jen discuss some common Western Christian responses to the ongoing war on Gaza. They unpack the normalization of violence and dehumanization in American Christian rhetoric regarding this war, and Palestine-Israel at large. They also examine biblical, theological, and ethical frameworks that some Christians utilize to justify violence in Gaza, particularly Just War theory, and other ways the Bible is weaponized to support violence. At the end, they offer alternative ways to think of war and violence in light of the work of Christ. You can support Across the Divide Podcast with a monthly or one-time donation at ⁠ko-fi.com/acrossthedividepodcast Palestinian Christian Open Letters & Documents An Open Letter from Palestinian Christians to Western Church Leaders and Theologians (Petition still accepting signatures as of November 17, 2023) Kairos Southern Africa and Kairos Palestine Issue a Joint Open Letter to Church leaders and Christians in the USA, Europe and the Ecumenical Family (November 4, 2023) Kairos Palestine Document- “A moment of truth: A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering” (2009) Other Helpful Podcast Episodes Let’s Talk About Gaza: A Conversation with a Gazan Theologian, Across the Divide A Palestinian Christian’s Perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian War: Daniel Bannoura, Theology in the Raw Western Christian Responses The Dangerous History Behind Netanyahu’s Amalek Rhetoric, Mother Jones (November 3, 2023) American Christians Should Stand with Israel under Attack, Russell Moore (October 7, 2023) The Allure of Moral Clarity in a Time of War: A Response to Russell Moore, Bruce Fisk (October 12, 2023) Non-Violent Christian Theology What Does ‘Christian Nonviolence’ Actually Mean? Mitchell Atencio (2022) Stanley Hauerwas on Peacemaking: Nonviolence, Peace, Race, and Foreign Policy with Dr. Nathan Hosler (Webinar, 2022) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/acrossthedivide/message