M. Theresa Basile, UMHLTF chairperson
Laymember, Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, Culver City
Steering Committee, United Methodist Kairos Response
Task Force Members (in alphabetical order):
Pete Dennis: Laymember, Belmont Heights United Methodist Church, Long Beach, CA
JoAnn Fukumoto: Layperson; Peace with Justice Educator, California-Pacific Conference, UMC
Rev. Sandra Olewine: Pastor, The Neighborhood/La Vecindad: A United Methodist Community, Long Beach, CA;
United Methodist Liaison to Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine, 1996-2006
Candie Odell: Masters of Divinity graduate, 2010, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary;
Advisory Committee member, Cal-Pac MFSA; former intern with Reconciling Ministries Network
Marian Oliver: Laymember, Leisure World Community Church, Seal Beach, CA;
Previous Vice President, and Assistant Dean, United Methodist Women, California-Pacific Conference
Cheryl Riggs: Professor, Co-Director of the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies,
Program Coordinator of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Program, California State University, San Bernardino
Rev. Barbara Grace Ripple: United Methodist Clergy; member, California-Pacific Board of Church & Society;
former District Superintendent, California-Pacific Conference
Arnie Sheets: Laymember, First United Methodist Church of San Diego
Rev. Dr. DarEll Weist: United Methodist Clergy; editor, Middle East Email Network
THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
As our Advisory Committee grows it will include leaders in the United Methodist church, Jewish and Palestinian leaders and activists, and others. The Advisory Committee provides valuable guidance and assistance in accomplishing the mission of the Holy Land Task Force.
Advisory Committee (in alphabetical order):
former United Methodist Mission Intern, General Board of Global
Ministries, three years of service divided between Sabeel in Israel Palestine and
the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation in
Janet Lahr Lewis: United Methodist Missionary, current United Methodist Liaison in Israel and Palestine
Tina Whitehead: United Methodist Western Pennsylvania Conference Missionary, formerly serving in Israel Palestine with Sabeel .
James Wall: Contributing Editor to The Christian Century magazine, formerly editor and publisher of that magazine for 27 years.
Pastor, Buena Vista UMC, Alameda, CA
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