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The Return of the Jerusalem Peacemakers:
'Sparks of Peace:
Interspiritual Cooperation for Healing
the Children of Abraham in the Holy Land.’
Wednesday 5 March 2008
Facilitators: Rodef Shalom Eliyahu McLean and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari,
of the Jerusalem Peacemakers.
Chair: Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz).
Venue: Sanctuary, St George’s West Church, 58 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh.
Time: Doors Open: 7pm. Event: 7.30pm onwards.
We are very pleased to welcome back to Scotland Rodef Shalom Eliyahu McLean and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, Co-Directors of the Jerusalem Peacemakers, which is a not-for-profit organisation.
This evening’s event will be an opportunity to meet these two Jerusalem Peacemakers, who are also actively involved in the work of Abrahamic Reunion, to learn about their work in the Middle East and internationally, sharing insights into the tools and dynamics of interspiritual peacemaking, and to share with them and discuss with them their inspiring, hopeful and pioneering grassroots interspiritual peace work. Jerusalem Peacemakers is a network of religious and spiritual leaders and grassroots peacebuilders in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Eliyahu McLean and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari will speak about such initiatives as:
- The Abrahamic Reunion, a group of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Druze religious and spiritual leaders working together to re-claim religion and spirituality as a source for peace.
- The annual 'On the Way to Sulha' event, the most recent gathering in August 2007 brought together over 3,000 people.
- Monthly interspiritual Israeli-Palestinian peace gatherings in East and West Jerusalem.
- The 'Big Hug' of Jerusalem.
Eliyahu McLean was initiated as a 'Rodef Shalom,' 'Peace Pursuer' by Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi. Eliyahu's work with Palestinian Sufis is written about in the book 'At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with the Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land' by Yossi Klein Halevi.
Rodef Shalom Eliyahu McLean is engaged in interspiritual peace work between Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze Israelis and Palestinians throughout Israel and the West Bank and Gaza. His work with many organizations and on an informal basis is focused on bringing together people of different spiritual and cultural backgrounds for the sake of fostering mutual understanding and respect. Eliyahu is one of the organizers of the Sulha Project, an annual three-day event attended by thousands of Israeli, Palestinian and international participants who gather for the purpose of sharing spiritual practice, dialogue and reconciliation, offering hope and inspiration to many of the participants.
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari is the head of the Naqshabandi Sufi method in the Holy Land. Sheikh Bukhari's family came to Jerusalem from Bukhara almost 400 years ago in 1616, and their home has been a centre for visiting Muslim pilgrims and visitors of all faiths since then. Sheikh Bukhari is a leading Muslim voice for peace and reconciliation in Jerusalem. Sheikh Bukhari also hosts the Uzbek Cultural Centre of the Holy Land in his home.
Cost: £7/£5 (Concessions), on the door, on the night.
Contact: Neill Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0131 331 4469.