Dear Sustained Dialogue participants and important
A year of progress is ending, as more and more people worldwide are moving beyond the illusion that governments alone can invent a future that works for all.
We see change across generations but mostly in the youth -- a new breed of young women and men of excellence who refuse to be enemies.
Who insist on crossing over obsolete lines, taking one another's hands, and never again letting go.
this Season of Light, see how the growing public peace process is coming into
the light, expressed through:
Let each of us be a Carrier of Light -- dedication, good spirit, confidence, courage and creative ideas for others.
Never forgetting that stars are brightest and best seen when the night is its darkest.
Eighty handsome Holy Land youth -- 40 Jewish, 40 Palestinian -- gathered on stage to sing beautifully and let us "Imagine" what life will look like soon down the road. See and listen at:
Teens of Peace Child
Palestinian Lulu, and Jewish Israeli Hadas,with other teens of Peace Child Israel cross the lines to meet for the first time, while BBC-TV lets you see 7-1/2 minutes of their experience, at:
In September 2005, Peace Child Israel, shepherded by Melisse Lewine-Boskovich ( MLB@pci.org.il ), sent 14 youth and parents to the largest ever -- 140 participants and staff -- Palestinian-Jewish Family Peacemakers Camp near Yosemite National Park in California, described at:
The Montreal Dialogue Group in
They were recently awarded the 2005
Ronit Avni ( Ronit@justvision.org ) and Joline
Makhlouf (Joline@justvision.org ) of JustVision -- http://www.justvision.org -- dedicate themselves to
using the Web and film to tell the stories of courageous Palestinians and Jews
who defy cultural and physical borders, as well as taboos, to build bridges to
Joline and Ronit were recently featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show among "Women Across The Globe" who make a difference:
And Ronit received Auburn Seminary's "Lives of Commitment Award" for women "whose lives demonstrate a powerful commitment to the common good."
Adults and youth converged in
Photos and a pre-event TV news interview can be seen from the top of page:
In education and ceremony, it was to launch the new year together, and to celebrate this past 2005 year of unprecedented 30-plus public outreach successes, described at the bottom of page:
The eldest of the six local Sustained Dialogues is 13-years-old, preparing for its 163rd meeting and still learning.