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CLGS and the newly-formed Palestine Solidarity Round Table (PSRT) at Pacific School of Religion were honored to co-host this Lavender Lunch on the topic of Queer Palestine Solidarity with Tarek Abuata who speaks about a justice-based theology that calls each of us to join together to work for the liberation of everyone.
Growing up in Bethlehem, Palestine, Tarek Abuata immigrated with his family to the United States during the first Intifada when he was 11. After graduating from the University of Texas Law School, Tarek started his career working for the Negotiations Support Unit in Palestine researching legal and policy issues. Following this, Tarek worked for 9 years as the Coordinator of Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron and also served as the representative of Rev. Bernard LaFayette (a protégé of Martin Luther King) for 5 years, training Palestinian youth in grassroots organizing and activism. Abuata then served for 5 years as the Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America. A queer Arab immigrant, Abuata’s justice theology is centered on turning story into revolution for the purpose of collective liberation.
This event took place on 9 March 2021.