Students from more than half a dozen countries are deeply engaged in the first fully online course of the Bethlehem Institute of Peace and Justice. The course is entitled Introduction to Peacemaking and Justice in the Palestinian Context 1. 


The materials challenge the participants to consider what it means to be a peacemaker in our troubled world. Noted Palestinian lecturers are taking the discussion out of the ivory tower into the harsh reality of Palestinian life. One student comments, “I am thoroughly enjoying and stimulated by the lectures, readings, and discussion threads!”

You can join us!  


Registration is now open for the BIPJ’s follow-up course, Introduction to Peacemaking and Justice in the Palestinian Context 2, which will begin on January 24, 2022.  This course builds on the first semester’s course but can be taken without having been in it. You may find information about enrolling in the course here  


We will explore the importance of culture in peacemaking. Steps in reconciliation, the pursuit of justice for Dalits (untouchables) in India, and racial justice in South Africa, the importance of Christian and Muslim dialogue in the Middle East, Western Christian and Palestinian Christian perspectives on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and prospects for peace; international law, human rights, and peace and justice; women in peacemaking in Israel and Palestine; spirituality and the peacemaker; and current grassroots peace initiatives in Israel and Palestine. 


The Director of the BIPJ, Rev. Dr. Andrew Bush, says: “To study and practice peacemaking in our world is to be a trailblazer. It is to swim against the current. In religious language, it is to be ‘prophetic.’ If you want to be part of changing the world for the better, Ahlan wa sahlan! 

You are welcome!”

Andrew Bush, the director of the BIPJ with Bishara Awad the founder of BethBC

Morning coffee on the streets of Bethlehem