Lutherans in the Twin Cities

Reconciliation over revenge

Two men — a Palestinian and an Israeli — are coming to the Twin Cities in early March to share their stories of pain and hope. Both men have lost close family members to the ongoing fighting. They belong to a group called The Parents Circle—Families Forum which is working towards peace, reconciliation, and tolerance in their troubled homeland.

Wajih Tmaiza of Hebron and Roi Golan of Tel Aviv will be speaking at events at Mount Zion Temple (1300 Summit, St. Paul, March 1, 7:30 p.m.); Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (700 South Snelling, St. Paul, March 3, 9:30 a.m.); and the Islamic Center of Minnesota (1401 Gardena NE, Fridley, March 3, 2 p.m.). These three religious communities have collaborated on prior public dialogues in an effort to create a more nuanced, balanced, and informed understanding of the lived realities of Israelis and Palestinians. The upcoming events, called “Reconciliation Not Revenge,” represent a deepening of that dialogue.

“There are considerable numbers on both sides who seek reconciliation,” explained retired pastor and Gloria Dei member Paul Tidemann.

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