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March 19, 2010

Finding Bright Light in a Troubled Land

Tree of Life Group Visits Bethlehem University

Bright lightReverend David Good, Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, led 31 Tree of Life-First Congregational Church Old Lyme, CT/ USA in a visit to Bethlehem University on Monday, 15 March. Regular visitors to the University during their Holy Land pilgrimages, the group supports student scholarships in addition to University human rights programs under the Mustard Seed Initiative. Most recently, the initiative helped create a new section of the Democracy, Human Rights and International Law course focused on helping students understand international mechanisms that may be used to fight human rights abuses and to non violence remedies thereto.

In the past, Reverend Catherine Alder has also accompanied the group. Unable to come this time, she sent a letter of encouragement to the University community along with a collection of DVDs on legendary human rights activists to inspire course students.

Tree of Life-First Congregational Church Old Lyme, CT/ USA whose 2009 scholarship donation supports three students from Beit Sahour, thanked students and staff for having hopes and dreams and trying to create a better future. Asked if they would recommend a Bethlehem University visit to others, group member Reverend Susan Switzer replied, “Yes, to see a bright light in a troubled land.”

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Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
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Bethlehem, Palestine