The Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour, sponsored by Mennonite Church USA, is coming to Ohio in May with stops at three Ohio congregations. Dates and locations are as follows:

  • May 7 — Columbus Mennonite Church, 9:30 a.m.
  • May 8 — Lima Mennonite Church, 7 p.m.
  • May 10 — Zion Mennonite Church, 6:30 p.m.

At these programs Amy Shuster, a representative of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Central Ohio chapter, will partner with Jonathan Kuttab, a prominent Mennonite Palestinian human rights lawyer, on this leg of the cross-country speaking tour, exploring diverse perspectives on Israel/Palestine and prospects for peace in the current political climate. Audiences will be invited to take part in a shared vision of what Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews need to live free, dignified and whole lives in the land.

The Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour is one effort to implement the Mennonite Church USA “Israel/Palestine Partners in Peacemaking” resolution, which was adopted in 2015. (A separate resolution on Israel/Palestine that was tabled at the 2015 Convention is coming back to delegates this summer following further study and revision.) The goal of the tour is to raise the profile of Jewish and Palestinian groups in America who are working for peace in Israel-Palestine, according to Jonathan Brenneman, one of the tour organizers. “We are especially excited that Mennonites will be introduced to JVP members who live in their communities,” he said. The tour also includes stops in North Carolina, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Texas, Indiana, Illinois and Virginia.