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14 March, 2011

Bethlehem University Welcomes Rev. David Good and Tree of Life Group

David GoodBethlehem University was delighted to welcome back dear Friend of Bethlehem University, the Reverend David Good of the Old Lyme Congregational Church - USA. He was accompanied by a delegation of visitors from different parts of the USA, including Ms. Joan Overfield - University Librarian and Director of Library Services from Fairfield University. Along with support from Fairfield University, Ms. Overfield presented a letter of greeting from Paul J. Fitzgerald - Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of Fairfield University. He expressed support and a shared sense of responsibility in educating youth in the Catholic tradition - Lasallian and Ignatian. He also showed appreciation for Br. Jack Curran and his efforts to build a strong relationship between the two universities. The Tree of Life group also included some of the donors who are supporting the relationship with the Tent of Nations. The group was greeted by Br. Jack Curran - Vice President for Development, Br. Joe Loewenstein - Special Projects, Mr. Demitri Awwad - Guest Relations Officer and Mr. Elias Hazin - Faculty of Education.

David GoodThe people of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme - CT, under the leadership of The Rev. David Good, have been committed to the cause or justice for the people of Palestine for a number of years. Since 2005 the church has organized a "Tree of Life" conference, as well as an annual pilgrimage to Palestine. The conference, which has featured activists and writers from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities who are committed to justice for all inhabitants of the region. Past visitors with this group include Reverend Catherine Alder, a very supportive and active person responsible for supprt work for the Tent of Nations. Another such past visitor is Ms. Mary Folsom, who has also visited with this group.

David GoodRev. Good writes that:  “After 9/11 our church intensified its efforts to be in community with those of other faith traditions, which led to my first interfaith journey to [the Holy Land].  Our church enjoys a number of cross-cultural partnerships, including the Storefront School in Harlem, New York, Green Grass community on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a 7-year partnership with the community of Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem in Palestine.”  

David GoodThe tour of the group commences in Amman, do Petra and Aqaba -- then into Egypt to St Catherine -- then to Bethlehem, Hebron (Breaking the Silence group), Nablus (where they met with one of our teachers, Mazin Qumseih) -- they also stayed with families in Beit Sahour -- and also visit Jerusalem, Tent of Nations with Fr. Elias Chacour of Nazarethand then return back to Amman.

The Tree of Life group also supports Palestinian studnets through the Tree of Life scholarship awarded to Palestinian refugee students with demonstrated financial need and are residing in refugee camps in the West Bank or Gaza Strip and studying at a university or college in the West Bank or Gaza Strip.

Bethlehem University looks forward to welcoming back our visitors soon.

Thanks to our students ambassadors:

1. Amjad Qaabar
2. Lubna Alzaroo
3. Ala Sharif
4. Muna Nassar
5. Rasha Mukarker
6. Michael Abu-Mohr



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