May 25, 2012
Steve Iliff, dean of the School of Professional Studies at Avila University, and Carol Coburn, Ph.D., professor of religious studies at Avila’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, are part of a team of 12 from the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands and United Kingdom who traveled recently to the Middle East as part of a peacekeeping delegation.
The delegation, organized by Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) out of Chicago, will meet with Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights workers and gain their perspective on the current political and social situation. Delegates also will document the daily reality of life of West Bank residents, visiting Palestinian families whose lands, homes and livelihoods have been affected by expanding Israeli settlements.
Christian Peacemaker Teams is a faith-based initiative supported by Mennonites, Brethren, Quakers and several Christian peace groups. Since 1993, CPT has placed violence-reduction teams in conflict settings in the Middle East, Haiti, Latin America, Europe and North America. CPT has maintained a peace presence in the West Bank since June, 1995.
Iliff and Coburn arrived in Tel Aviv May 23 and are scheduled to return the first week of June.
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.