Fall courses underway for the Bethlehem Institute of Peace and Justice
Palestine (MNN) – When Jesus was born, the Gospel of Luke says that the angels proclaimed peace on Earth. Today, Bethlehem Bible College continues the work of peacemaking.
Andrew Bush, Director of the Institute of Peace and Justice, talks about the current fall classes. â€œWe have 30 students from several different countries involved. Most of them are seasoned peacemakers themselves. They come from Liberia, Scotland, England, the Netherlands, Canada, the Philippines and the United States.
It’s such an important job for churches, says Bush. In fact, this is part of the Great Commission, since Jesus commanded his disciples to bring peace. â€œJesus said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers.’ It is often a neglected agenda in Christian work. We see it as something perhaps superfluous for our ministries in our churches. “
Classes are taught in English and lectures are posted online to be available to students with any schedule living in different time zones.
Making peace is not easy at 21st century, as evidenced by the sadness and complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. This is why the Institute approaches the subject from the point of view of the Palestinians.
Bush says the students link this conflict to their own experiences. â€œThey saw their families split over issues and friendships broken over specific issues. They feel real grief over what they have been through on a personal level.
To be involved
Pray that the Institute will help bring lasting peace from God to Palestine and to the world. Bush says, â€œWe are currently training a course with Indian Christian theologians. We are also preparing an anti-bullying campaign for local schools because we intend to help promote peace in Palestinian society.
Interested in joining courses at the Institute? Visit bipj.org to register or find out more.
The header photo shows murals painted on a segment of the separation wall between Israel and Palestine. (Photo courtesy of Bethlehem Bible College)