Theological reflection for sustainable peace
Sabeel was founded in 1993 as a ecumenical institute for liberation technology in Eastern Jerusalem. Sabeel condemns every form of violence. Because it wants to reflect in a theological manner on the Palestinian situation in terms of Israeli occupation. In order to achieve sustainable peace. Kerk in Actie supports their programme on building communities.
Sabeel acknowledges that Jews are entitled to a safe home, also in Israel. It does however demand those same rights for the Palestinian population, who have also lived there for generations. Sabeel has a church related background, which means they are deeply rooted into the Christian community.
The programme for building communities focuses on strengthening capacity of local communities. They learn to handle the social political reality and learn to employ non-violent methods to protest against injustice. The programme also stimulates cooperation between Muslims and Christians. Sabeel informs communities about what is already happening to improve peace and justice. They do so through newsletters, organising meetings, workshops and courses, study meetings, bible study programmes and events with art, theatre, dancing and singing. Special attention goes out to women's activities.
A separate part of the programme helps church leaders develop tools to use in their work in church, on a day to day basis. At the same time they learn to look beyond the boundaries of their own job by getting acquainted with leaders from other churches. Activities for youngsters also receive attention. They develop networks to share knowledge an encourage each other. The network is a breading place for new young church leaders.