NEME hosts a variety of webinars to discuss topics such as annexation, racial justice, Christian Zionism, and the implications for the people living in Israel and Palestine, as well as its impact on the pursuit of the cause of just peace in the Middle East. Links to those webinars can be found below.
Author Chat with David Crump: Author David Crump joins NEME Senior Research Fellow, Bruce Fisk, to talk about his upcoming book "Like Birds in a Cage: Christian Zionism’s Collusion in Israel’s Oppression of the Palestinian People", coming Fall 2021.
"Interview with Daoud Nassar of the Tent of Nations" (Friday, June 11, 2021): Andrew Bush, Director of the Bethlehem Institute of Peace and Justice of the Bethlehem Bible College, sat down with Daoud Nassar of Tent of Nations to get an update on the situation at the farm & how people can support the work they do. Find out more about the Tent of Nations here.
"From Ferguson to Palestine" (Thursday, May 20, 2021): From the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol through the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin to the current surge in violence in Palestine and Israel, the world has been awakened anew to the realities of racial injustice and systemic oppression. For years, many leaders have pointed to the parallels between the racialized systems within the United States to those within Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. One of these parallels is the role of Christian Nationalism and Christian Zionism in perpetuating the pain. The Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East (NEME), in partnership with Global Immersion and the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) explored the current surge of violence in Palestine and Israel, revealed some of the parallels between the Christian Nationalism that threatens our continent and the Christian Zionism that undergirds the violence in the Middle East, and discussed how those committed to racial justice here can become committed to racial justice and liberation over there. This webinar featured Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon of Churches for Middle East Peace, Dominique Gilliard of the Love Mercy Do Justice program of the ECC, and Jack Munayer of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel and was moderated by Jer Swigart of Global Immersion.
"Two Chosen Peoples? Two Promised Lands? Christian Nationalism & Christian Zionism under Trump and Biden" (May 18, 2021): Both Christian Nationalism and Christian Zionism are in the news these days. Described recently as "cousins," these two movements are marked by militancy, urgency, and conservatism. Both count many Evangelicals among their ranks, and both are actively working to define U.S. interests and foreign policy in ways that put vulnerable peoples at risk. Perhaps their greatest overlap is the ideology of exceptionalism. For Christian Zionists, the Holy Land has always been and must remain distinctively Jewish. Christian Nationalists likewise contend that America has always been and must remain distinctively Christian. Host Dr. Andrea Smith of Evangelicals4Justice spoke with Lisa Sharon Harper of Freedom Road, David Crump, and L. Daniel Hawk as they compared and contrasted these two -isms, and discussed how followers of Jesus might wisely and effectively respond.
"Annexation 101": Bruce Fisk hosted the conversation with Mae Cannon, Heather Keaney, and Sam Bahour, discussed what Israel’s proposed annexation of territory means, what it would change on the ground for Israelis and Palestinians, and why many around the world believe it would undermine the cause of a just peace in the Middle East.
"The Bible and the Land of Promise: A Christian Conversation": Rob Dalrymple hosted a panel of Christian scholars (Joel Willitts, Craig Blaising, Gary Burge, and Daniel Bannoura) for a conversation asking what does the Bible say about the Holy Land? Did God promise it all to the descendant of Abraham? Where does that leave Israelis and Palestinians today?
“Race, Militarization/Policing, and Annexation”: Dr. Andrea Smith of UC Riverside with Sahar Vardi of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Jerusalem discussed what roles do race and militarization play in Israeli society? And how do they intersect with the proposed Israeli government's annexation of parts of the West Bank?
"Voting Faithfully: How Evangelicals Shape U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East": With Rev. Najla Kassab, Botrus Mansour, Jeff Anderson, and moderator Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, a webinar conversation about how the U.S. November 2020 elections are affecting Christians – and others – in the Middle East. The conversation will discuss the role North American Evangelicals play in the policies affecting daily realities for those living in the Middle East and what you should know before you vote in November's election.
Determinetruth & David Crump discuss Christian Zionism and his upcoming book: "Like Birds in a Cage": Rob Dalrymple sat down with author David Crump to discuss his upcoming book on Christian Zionism: "Like Birds in a Cage." The conversation ranges from David's personal experiences in the land of Israel/Palestine to an examination of the theology of Christian Zionism.
Below are links to articles that present various viewpoints on the issue of evangelicalism and its influence on American foreign policy and other matters.
*Links posted here do not reflect NEME's positions or beliefs but are meant as educational resources and conversation starters.*
Christian Nationalism and Christian Zionism: Two Sides of the Same Coin? - Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon & Dr. Bruce Fisk
Why I Am Not a Christian Zionist - Dr. Bruce Fisk
Conflict Stirs Evangelical Debate - Andrew F. Bush & Rob Dalrymple
US Military Attacks on Syria Detrimental to Peace - Mae Elise Cannon and Alexander Lutz, Red Letter Christians
One State Solution in Israel/Palestine? A Conversation and Review - Bruce Fisk, Red Letter Christians
No Zoom Fatigue for Revived Baptist Church in Gaza - Kenny Schmitt, Christianity Today
The Moral Crossroads of Evangelical Christianity in the United States - Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon
How a Bible prophecy shapes Trump’s foreign policy - Danush Parvaneh and Liz Scheltens
“Pro-life” means “pro-all-life” - Rob Dalrymple
My Heart is Broken: the Church, Peace, and the Middle East - Rob Dalrymple
The “signs of the times” and the return of Jesus - Rob Dalrymple
Survey: White Evangelicals See Trump As 'Honest' And 'Morally Upstanding' - NPR's All Things Considered podcast
The Evangelical View of Israel? - Todd Hertz
Who Defines Evangelicalism? An Interview with Mark Noll - Eric C. Miller
In Their Own Right: Evangelical Rejection of Palestinian Human Rights and Dignity - Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon
Trump says he moved US embassy to Jerusalem ‘for the evangelicals’ - Times of Israel
Inside the Evangelical Money Flowing Into the West Bank - Haaretz Magazine
Christian Zionism: Made in America? - Bruce Fisk
Are Crusaders still battling for Jerusalem? - Bruce Fisk
A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land - Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon (editor)