pien 2018  Speaker tour

The PIEN Speaker Tour with Areej Masoud in 2018 was a fantastic opportunity to hear a Palestinian Christian narrative. Born in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, Areej centred her messages around the theme is there ‘any hope for Palestine now, or ever?’ With engaging stories of hope and resilience amidst the everyday struggles to do the simplest of things like having access to go to work, Areej captivated her audiences. 

You can access all the media interviews here with more information about the tour here.

PIen 2014  speaker tour

In September / October of 2014, PIEN co-sponsored with World Vision Australia a speaker tour with Arda Aghazarian, a Palestinian from Jerusalem. The month long tour throughout Australia reached thousands of people through public gatherings, radio and print interviews and presentations to church bodies.

View the photo gallery and snapshot of the tour, with links to media interviews to relive or avail yourself for the first time. Arda was warmly received and her message impactful. More.

ecumenical accompaniment program in Palestine & Israel (eappi)

The World Council of Churches (WCC) have been sending Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) to live in the West Bank since 2002 under the EAPPI program. EAs offer protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and undertake a range of advocacy initiatives during their time in-country and upon return. Here are just some of their stories and depictions of what they witnessed:

Not a page in a book’ – accompaniers hear Palestinians’ testimonies from Ma’alul village’.
 ‘Shabbat dinner ‘helps humanize two sides of the story’
‘Morning life and resilience under occupation – EAs witness checkpoints in Jerusalem and the West Bank’.