Speakers Bureau

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Ric Koehn
A retired United Methodist Pastor. He is also on the faculty of the Society for Biblical Studies, Boston, Massachusetts. He has traveled with groups and individually throughout the Holy land over fifteen times. Has interest in the influence of cultural studies on our understanding of the Bible. Also can speak on the contemporary history and issues of the region.


John Darlington

A retired United Methodist pastor.  He has been with fact-finding teams in the Palestinian territories on three separate occasions.

Will speak on the following topics:

  1. Right of Return (of Palestinian refugees)
  2. Christian Zionism
  3. “Jesus at the Check Point”
  4. Confronting the Myths of the Mideast


Mary Davies

There has never been a time when it was more important for American teachers, K-12 young people, and all of us to learn about and understand the young people of the Middle East and the Arab World.

Mary Davies, retired United Methodist missionary in Palestine/Israel, and International liaison for the travel office of the Middle East Council of Churches has lived, worked and traveled in the Middle East since 1988.  In both capacities, Mary and her late husband, Peter, designed and implemented travel programs for Westerners to meet Christians, Muslims and Jews working for a just peace in the region including Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq as well as Israel and Palestine.   Returning to the United States, she worked as Mission Interpreter for the General Board of Global Missions and was co-founder of PIJP in Minnesota.

From 2004 to the present Mary has been presenting her curriculum, “Getting to Know the Young People of the Middle East and the Arab World to K-12 students and teachers in schools and churches.  She returned to the region in 2009 and 2013, to make videos interviewing young people who told in their own words what they wanted American Young People to know about them.  In the Tunisian video the young people tell about their experiences in the Arab Spring.

If you know a teacher who would be interested in knowing more about this curriculum, please let us know by completing our contact form & a member of our group will contact you.

Mary is a life-long member of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, a graduate and Trustee Emerita of Macalester College, and earned a Master’s Degree in TESOL at St. Cloud State University in 2005.

 

Dave Schneider
A retired United Methodist pastor, having served over 40 years in the Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church.   He has been to Palestine/Israel five times, having led groups four of those times.  He has also spent time there as part of seminar groups of 7 – 10 days.  He has experienced the check-points, the body searches, and standing in line with Palestinians to await ID checks. Dave is an experienced story-teller and will use that skill in sharing his accounts.   He also performs as “Salim Anati, Palestinian Christian,” sharing incidents of “his family” based on actual events.

 

Sylvia Schwartz
A Jewish-American and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors.   She has been volunteering with an organization called LifeSource, based in Ramallah, which does research and advocacy on water and wastewater issues.  Will present on water rights issues and Israeli violations of them. Please provide a computer and projector for her to use.


Kathy Adam

Topic: Eyewitness Account of the Reality in Palestine


Gail Chalbi

Co-author of study guide curriculum. Will help you get started teaching the classes or come to your church to teach it. She lives in the north-metro area.

 

Please click here to complete our online contact form to request contact information for our speakers.