Friends of Sabeel - North America

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FOSNA Leadership

  • The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu

    Patron of Sabeel International
    Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa

    One of South Africa's best-known opponents of apartheid and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Tutu served as the first general secretary of the South African Council of Churches in 1978, led South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1994, and is known for his global leadership in the struggle against apartheid. He is the international patron of Sabeel International, speaking courageously on the issue of Israeli apartheid practices against Palestinians.

    The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu
  • Canon Naim Ateek

    Founder/Director
    Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem

    Born in 1937 in the Palestinian village of Beisan, Ateek moved to Nazareth after Israel's occupation of Beisan in 1948. He was ordained in the Anglican (Episcopal) Church in 1967, and earned degrees from Hardin-Simmons University and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific; he also holds a doctorate of divinity degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Ateek established the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem in 1991. He is author and editor of numerous books, and has been called “the Desmond Tutu of Palestine.”

    Canon Naim Ateek
  • Rt. Rev. Edmond (Ed) Browning

    FOSNA President Emeritus
    Hood River, Ore.

    Browning, the 24th presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church USA, was the founding president of FOSNA since its founding in 1998. Browning spends part of his time growing blueberries in Hood River, Ore., where he is known as the blueberry bishop. He began his career as a priest in Corpus Christi, Texas, was rector of Church of the Redeemer in Eagle Pass, and worked in Japan from 1959 to 1968. He was consecrated the first missionary bishop of Okinawa. He published A Year of Days with the Book of Common Prayer in October 1997.  

    Rt. Rev. Edmond (Ed) Browning

FOSNA Staff

  • John Erickson

    FOSNA Executive Director
    Berkeley, Calif.

    John Erickson is FOSNA’s executive director and co-chair of the NorCal Friends of Sabeel, a project of FOSNA. Previously, he practiced poverty law with legal services, civil rights law with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and civil rights and public interest law with Erickson, Beasley and Hewitt. He holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. from UC Berkeley, and a J.D. from Boalt Hall. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children and 11 grandchildren.

    John Erickson
  • Rev. Donald (Don) Wagner

    FOSNA Program Director
    Eastern Mennonite University
    Chicago, IL

    Wagner co-founded and directed Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding and served in Presbyterian churches in New Jersey and Evanston, Ill. He has authored numerous books. He serves on the board of FOSNA, which he helped found. He has provided leadership for the Holy Land Trust, Pilgrims of Ibillin, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, and Youth Advocates; has led many study groups to the Middle East; and works internationally to educate Christians about the problems of Christian Zionism.

    Rev. Donald (Don) Wagner
  • Sister Elaine Kelley

    FOSNA Development and Administrative Coordinator
    Portland, Ore.

    Kelley, SFCC, a Roman Catholic and member of the Sisters for Christian Community, lived in the Bethlehem area for four years, working with West Bank NGOs to communicate case needs to funders in North America and Europe. She also was a development officer at Bethlehem University from 1998 to 2000. For six years she was a writer for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and contributed to the book They Came and They Saw: Western Christian Experiences of the Holy Land. Since September 2001 she has served as administrator of FOSNA.

    Sister Elaine Kelley

FOSNA Steering Committee Officers

  • Rev. Richard (Dick) K. Toll, D.Min., D.D.

    FOSNA Board of Trustees, Secretary
    Portland, Ore.

    Toll, a retired Episcopal priest, served as the board chair of FOSNA from 2000 to 2011. He received a BBA from Texas Technological University, his M.Div. from School of the Pacific and his D.Min. from Virginia Theological Seminary. Ordained to the diaconate in 1967 and the priesthood in 1968, he served in various positions from chaplain to rector. He was the canon pastor of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, and the honorary canon in the Diocese of Olympia, Wash. He was awarded two honorary degrees for his effective commitment to justice and peace in the Holy Land.

    Rev. Richard (Dick) K. Toll, D.Min., D.D.

FOSNA Steering Committee Members

  • Wini Wolff

    FOSNA Board of Trustees, Chair
    Philadelphia

    As business and strategy consultant and adjunct faculty member at Villanova University, Wolff promotes business skill-building for sustainable economic development in under-resourced communities. Since her first visit to Palestine and Israel in 2004, she has worked to educate Americans and build economic opportunities in Palestine. She holds an MA in theology from LaSalle University and an MBA in international economic development from Eastern University. She is co-convener of Christian-Jewish Allies of Greater Philadelphia. 

  • Tarek Abuata

    Palestinian Support Coordinator
    Christian Peacemakers
    Baltimore, Maryland

    Originally from Bethlehem, Tarek moved to the United States at age 12. He holds a JD from the University of Texas Law School. In 2002 he worked for a year with the Negotiations Support Unit of the Palestinian Authority, and was involved in various nonviolence workshops, including trainings by Dr. Bernard La Fayette. He currently serves as the Palestinian support coordinator for the Christian Peacemakers Team.  As director of development for the United Palestinian Appeal, he splits his time between Palestine and Washington, DC. 

     

     

    Tarek Abuata
  • Ann E. Hafften

    Weatherford, TX

    Hafften has worked as head of the Ecumenical Accompaniment in Palestine/Israel (EAPPI) program in the United States, as a communicator for the Lutheran church, and as a coordinator for Middle East networking for the Division for Global Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States. Hafften is contributing editor of Water from the Rock: Lutheran Voices from Palestine. She has led several travel seminars to Palestine and Israel. Hafften has a degree in journalism from Drake University.

    Ann E. Hafften
  • Joyce Ibrahim

    World Bank
    Washington, DC

    Ibrahim was born in Jerusalem but grew up in Saudi Arabia. She has worked with several peace groups, including the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation and Seeds of Peace. She was involved in nonviolence trainings with Love Thy Neighbor. Ibrahim has been working with the World Bank since September 2008. She currently works on the Doing Business report, one of the World Bank’s flagship reports. Ibrahim earned a bachelor’s degree in international politics from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins University.

    Joyce Ibrahim
  • Sam Jones

    The Carter Center
    Atlanta, GA

    Jones is the associate director of the human rights program at The Carter Center in Atlanta. He manages the program's efforts to educate and mobilize a range of U.S. leaders and constituencies in support of Palestinian rights. He also manages The Carter Center's programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Jones began his work in human rights as a Presbyterian Church (USA) peace and justice intern at Sabeel from 1999 - 2000, when he was responsible for field-based research and international advocacy on a range of human rights issues. Jones earned his master's degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University's School of International Service and his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
     

    Sam Jones
  • Joy Lapp, Ph.D.

    Iowa Wesleyan College
    Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

    Lapp is a teacher of religion at Iowa Wesleyan College and formerly taught religion and ethics classes at Metro State College of Denver. She lived in Egypt for three years as a Mennonite Central Committee worker, where she taught English at the Coptic Institute and at the Coptic Evangelical Seminary in Cairo. She served as chair of FOSNA-Colorado from 2004 to 2010 and is currently developing Friends of Sabeel at Wesleyan College. She leads yearly fact-finding trips to Palestine and Israel.

    Joy Lapp, Ph.D.
  • Rev. Darrel Meyers

    Middle East Fellowship of Southern California
    Burbank, Calif.

    Meyers helped organize and co-chair FOSNA Southern California. He founded and chairs the Middle East Fellowship of Southern California, established in 1969, an NGO tied to the UN. A frequent traveler to Palestine and Israel, he is a Presbyterian minister who served on several congregations and campuses in the Los Angeles area. With longtime involvement in peacemaking groups and activities, he currently chairs his regional synods work groups on Peace, Justice, and the Integrity of Creation.

    Rev. Darrel Meyers
  • Catherine Nichols

    Common Global Board for World Ministries
    South Bend, Ind.

    Nichols is the executive for mission personnel at Common Global Board for World Ministries. She manages and directs all overseas staff, volunteers and associates. She served as coordinator of the Sabeel International Department an International Friends of Sabeel in Jerusalem from 2001 to 2008 as an employee of United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

  • Dr. Rosemary Radford Ruether

    Pacific School of Religion
    Claremont, Calif.

    Ruether is a renowned Roman Catholic feminist scholar and theologian, a visiting professor of feminist theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University, and former Carpenter professor of feminist theology at the Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union. Ruether has also taught at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has written many books on feminism, nationalism, the Bible and Christianity.

    Dr. Rosemary Radford Ruether
  • Andrea Whitmore

    Fairway, Kan.

    Whitmore is on the steering committee of United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR, www.kairosresponse.org) and Citizens for Justice in the Middle East (www.cjme.org). She has authored and assisted in the publication of several corporate celebration/anniversary books and was a full time instructor of English as a foreignlLanguage at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her husband, Doug, served as an ecumenical accompanier in Jayyous, Palestine, in winter 2008. 

FOSNA Advisory Board

  • Laila Al-Marayati

    Los Angeles

    Palestinian American al-Marayati is an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, and an assistant residency program director in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. She is also the director of women’s health at the Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center in Los Angeles. She has also served as presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, president of the Muslim Women’s League in LA and head of KinderUSA.

    Laila Al-Marayati
  • Mubarak Awad

    Washington, D.C.

    Awad, a psychologist, is the founder and director of Nonviolence International, advocating peaceful solutions to the Palestine-Israel conflict. He speaks at conferences throughout the United States and abroad.

    Mubarak Awad
  • Kathy Bergen

    Ramallah (West Bank), Palestine

    Bergen, a Russian Mennonite, is a co-founder of FOSNA and program coordinator for the Friends International Center in Ramallah. For 11 years, she was national coordinator of the Middle East Program of the Peacebuilding Unit for AFSC in Philadelphia. She lived in Jerusalem in the 1980s, working as the peace education and advocacy staff person for the Mennonite Central Committee. She was also involved in inter-faith dialogue, taught courses at the Bethlehem Bible College, and collaborated with Naim Ateek to organize the first Liberation Theology conference in Palestine (1990).

  • Mark Braverman

    Bethesda, Md.

    Braverman is a Jewish American with family roots in the Holy Land. A clinical psychologist and a pioneer in crisis intervention and trauma recovery, Braverman now devotes himself to the cause for peace in historic Palestine, focusing on religious belief and theology in discourse on Palestine and Israel. He serves on the advisory board of FOSNA and on the board of ICHAD, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA. Learn more about his work and his writing at www.markbraverman.org

    Mark Braverman
  • Rt. Rev. (John) Barry Curtis

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Archbishop Curtis was the Anglican bishop of Calgary from 1983 to 1999 and metropolitan of Rupert’s Land. Curtis was ordained to the diaconate in 1958 in Ottawa’s Christ Church Cathedral. He was ordained a priest the next year in Smiths Falls, Ontario, was named bishop of Calgary in 1983 and became archbishop and metropolitan in 1994.

  • Tom Getman

    Washington, D.C.

    Getman is a former World Vision executive director for international relations, where he managed diplomatic relations and sensitive negotiations through the World Vision’s liaison office with the UN and the World Council of Churches. He also served on the board of the UN Deputy Secretary General for Emergency Relief as chair of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies. From 1997 to 2001, he was the director of World Vision’s programs in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. He and his wife, Karen, have three children and three grandsons.

    Tom Getman
  • Rt. Rev. Thomas Gumbleton

    Detroit

    Gumbleton is a retired auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit and founding president of Pax Christi USA. His Sunday homilies from St. Leo’s parish in Detroit are published as “The Peace Pulpit” in the National Catholic Reporter weekly. He traveled to Gaza in 2008 with FOSNA board chair Rev. Richard Toll. Gumbleton is a member of several peace organizations and a recipient of 47 peace awards.

    Rt. Rev. Thomas Gumbleton
  • Gabriel Habib

    Alexandria, Va.

    Born in Lebanon, Habib studied law at St. Joseph University in Beirut. He served Algerian refugees in Tunisia through the World Council of Churches (WCC). He also worked as the WCC joint youth and student secretary for the Middle East until 1974, for the World Student Christian Federation, as general secretary for the WCC for Palestine, and as director of the Near East Ecumenical Bureau of Information and Interpretation. He helped create the Middle East Council of Churches, was the International Affairs Consultant for the National Council of Churches in the United States, and is now on the board of Policy Institute for Religion and State.

  • Yvonne Haddad

    Bethesda, Md.

    Haddad is a professor of the history of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations at Georgetown University. A Presbyterian from Syria, she came to the United States with her husband in 1963 and received her doctorate in the history of religion from Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. She is the former president of the Middle East Studies Association and specializes in contemporary Islam. She has edited and authored many books.

    Yvonne Haddad
  • Zaha Hassan

    Vancouver, Wash.

    An American-born Palestinian Muslim, Hassan graduated from the Friends Girl School in Ramallah. She is an attorney, a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law, and founder of Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights. She is one of three civil rights lawyers who sued the National Security Agency, claiming it illegally wiretapped conversations between the leaders of an Islamic charity and two of its lawyers. The case is pending in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.

  • Rashid Khalidi

    New York

    Khalidi, an American historian of Palestinian descent, is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University. His research covers the history of national identities and the role played by external powers in their development in the Middle East. He also researches the impact of the press and education on new senses of community, political identity and historical narrative. He has written many award-winning books. He serves on the advisory board of FOSNA.

    Rashid Khalidi
  • Atif Kubursi

    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    Kubursi is a professor emeritus of economics at McMaster University. He is the founder and president of Econometric Research Limited. He was a senior development officer for the United Nations Industrial Organization, and a team leader on several UNIDO missions. Kubursi taught economics at Purdue University, was a senior visiting scholar at Cambridge University, and lectured and consulted at Harvard. He is the author of several books.

    Atif Kubursi
  • Michael Lynk

    London, Ontario, Canada
    Email: mslynk@uwo.ca

    Lynk teaches at the University of Western Ontario and has won awards for his teaching on law. He has written widely on labor law and human rights law. Formerly, he practiced labor and employment law in Toronto and Ottawa, served as a vice-chair on the Ontario Public Service Grievance Board, and worked with the United Nations in the Middle East on refugee and human rights issues. He is currently the associate (academic) dean at Western Law. 

  • Ambassador Clovis Maksoud

    Washington, D.C.

    Maksoud is a professor of international relations and director of the Center for the Global South at American University in Washington, DC. A Lebanese national, he has served many roles: He was the chief representative of the League of Arab States in India, senior editor of Al-Ahram, chief editor of Al-Nahar Weekly, the League of Arab States’ chief representative to the United States and the UN (resigning after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait), and ambassador to India and Southeast Asia. Maksoud is the author of several articles and books.

    Ambassador Clovis Maksoud
  • Afif Safieh

    Moscow, Russian Federation

    Safieh is a Palestinian Christian diplomat, former PLO mission representative to the United States and a former ambassador to the Vatican and the U.K., currently serving as Palestinian ambassador to the Russian Federation. He was involved in the 1988 Stockholm negotiations that led to the first official American-Palestinian dialogue. He was on the international board of trustees of Bethlehem University and was nominated Palestinian general delegate to the Holy See. He is the most experienced Palestinian diplomat, having served in three politically significant capitals. 

    Afif Safieh
  • John Salzberg

    Washington, D.C.

    Salzberg is a Quaker with a Ph.D. in international relations from New York University. He has been a staff consultant for the House Subcommittee on International Organizations, regional affairs officer for the Department of State’s Bureau of Human Rights, and Washington representative for Center for Victims of Torture. He is also the chair of Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, a steering committee member for Friends International Center in Ramallah, and co-chair of the UN Human Rights Task Force.

  • Dorothy Jean Weaver

    Harrisonburg, Va.

    Weaver is a professor of the New Testament at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, where she has taught since 1984. She holds a PhD in the New Testament from the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. Her publications are numerous. Weaver co-leads regular Palestine/Israel study tours for EMS and Nazareth/Bethlehem work groups for Virginia Mennonite Missions. She has taught New Testament courses in Beirut, Bethlehem and Cairo. Weaver is a member of Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg.

    Dorothy Jean Weaver
  • Cornel West

    Princeton, N.J.

    West is one of America’s most provocative public intellectuals. His teaching weaves the traditions of the black Baptist Church with progressive politics and jazz. After earning his Ph.D. at Princeton, he became a professor of religion and director of the Afro-American Studies program there. West has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He burst onto the national scene with his 1993 bestseller, Race Matters, a searing analysis of racism in American democracy. He has published 18 other books, received over 20 honorary degrees and produced three albums.

    Cornel West