Ongoing Fall Course for the Bethlehem Institute of Peace and Justice

Palestine (MNN) — When Jesus was born, the Gospel of Luke says the angels proclaimed peace on Earth. Today, Bethlehem Bible College continues the work of pacification.

Andrew Bush, director of the Peace and Justice Institute, talks about the current fall classes. “We have 30 students from several different nations involved. Most of them are experienced peacemakers themselves. They come from Liberia, Scotland, England, the Netherlands, Canada, the Philippines and the United States.

This is such important work for churches, Bush said. In fact, it is part of big commission, since Jesus commanded his disciples to bring peace. “Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers.’ This is often an overlooked program in Christian work. We see it as something perhaps superfluous for our ministries in our churches.

The classes

This photo shows Andrew Bush welcoming students at the start of class. (Photo courtesy of Bethlehem Bible College on Facebook)

Classes are taught in English and lectures are posted online to be available to students with any schedule living in different time zones.

Restoring peace is not easy at 21st century, as evidenced by the pain 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 students relate this conflict to their own experiences. “They saw their families divided over issues and their friendships broken over particular issues. They feel real grief over what they have gone through on a personal level.

To be involved

Pray that the Institute will help bring God’s lasting peace to Palestine and the world. Bush says, “We are currently forming a course with Indian Christian theologians. We are also preparing an anti-bullying campaign for local schools because we intend to help promote peace within Palestinian society.

Interested in taking 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)

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