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Come hear Dr. Golbarg Bashi, author of P is for Palestine
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The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is excited to announce that Dr. Golbarg Bashi, author of P is for Palestine: A Palestine Alphabet Book will give the keynote address at our General Assembly luncheon.  The luncheon will take place on Monday, June 18, at the Marriott Grand in St. Louis from 11:30am-1pm.
 
P is for Palestine was published to critical acclaim in November 2017. We hope her talk will gather cross-sections of the Presbyterian Church (USA) -- parents, educators, and champions of free speech in publishing.
 
Dr. Bashi received her doctoral degree from Columbia University, NYC, in 2010. For over a decade, she has designed and taught interdisciplinary courses on various aspects of medieval and modern history of the Near East, Islamic Art, Critical Methodologies in Middle Eastern Studies, Comparative Human Rights, Gender in the Muslim World, and Representations of Race, Gender and Ethnicity in "Western" Media and Popular Culture. After a full-time academic career, Dr. Bashi is now focused on diversifying children's media and empowering children from underrepresented and marginalized countries. We are thrilled that Dr. Bashi will be joining us in St. Louis!

Tickets available at the door for $35. Email Vice-Moderator, Marietta Macy with your RSVP.
Other events you might be interested in going to in St. Louis include:

 FRIDAY

Tell someone you will meet them at the “Meet Me in St. Louis Reception” on Friday, 5-8 pm in the Convention Center. This free reception, sponsored by the Committee on Local Arrangements, offers great food from St. Louis and a space for coming together with friends new and old

SATURDAY

The Progressive Presbyterians Briefing will be held June 16 at 7:00 am at Centenary United Methodist Church. The event is free but we do request an RSVP online in advance. The briefing is sponsored together by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network, Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Presbyterian Voices for Justice, Presbyterians for Earth Care, More Light Presbyterians, and Fossil Free PCUSA.

Kick off the week on Saturday, 9 am at the Convention Center at the Pre-Assembly gathering with Liz Theoharis who will set the stage for an assembly that takes seriously our call to be a Matthew 25 Church.  Theoharis is Co-chair of the New Poor People’s Campaign which is organizing events across the nation this summer. Learn more about the New Poor People's campaign here.

SUNDAY

IPMN Membership Event at Lucas Park Grille in downtown St. Louis on Sunday June 17 from 5-7 pm. RSVP here. Gather with your IPMN friends and family for apps, wine and beer before the GA action gets going!
 
TUESDAY

This GA’s National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus (NMEPC) Dinner and Award Celebration at the Marriott Grand, Landmark 3 (from 5:30-8 pm) will feature one of the most nationally and internationally honorably known leaders of Middle Eastern Presbyterians, the Reverend Dr. Andrea Zaki, the head of the Protestant Churches in Egypt and the CEO of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS); the largest and most recognized socioeconomic development organization in all Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Zaki’s address will be focusing on the State of the Church in the Middle East with particular focus on Egypt’s most recent two revolutions and the pioneering contributions of the Presbyterian Church, CEOSS, and Egyptian Chris- tians during this most unsettling sociopolitical time in contemporary Egypt.

Accept the Stated Clerk’s invitation to join him in marching to the St. Louis Justice Center on Tuesday at 3 pm, starting in the Convention Center, to make a public witness of delivering to the jail the bail money donated in the Opening Worship Service.  This is a chance for the Presbyterian Church to get out into the streets in a public call for justice and to stand with those the Gospel calls us to serve. Ministers are invited to bring and wear clergy collars or stoles.
Further logistics about this year’s General Assembly, including onsite registration and business info, can be found here. Most of our advocacy work relates to committee 12, the Middle East Committee, which you can access here on PC-Biz. If you have an advocacy suggestion or want to volunteer with strategy, contact our Advocacy Chair, Addie Domske..
The Exhibit Hall will be open to the public for almost 50 hours at General Assembly this year from Friday-Wednesday. We are required to have two people monitoring the booth at all times. If you are willing to help at the booth, please email Addie Domske and include approximate times you will be at GA (arrival and departure), your email and cell phone number. Thanks!

Can’t make it to GA? Follow our work live online at our Twitter, @IPMN (you don’t need an account to follow our updates) or donate to our work. Your donation to IPMN supports continued advocacy, education, and partnership toward a just peace in Israel/Palestine.
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