Anxious for Armageddon: a call to partnership for Middle by Donald E. Wagner

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I did, however, state clearly that there was another side of the storythat of the chosen people, Israel. We compromised and agreed to set up a ten-week course that would offer both perspectives. Four of us met separately to plan the course. We drew up a list of names, all of them new to me. I made sure that significant Zionist organizations were represented so they could present Israel's cause in a clear and articulate manner. I also wanted to raise issues about Christian perspectives and responsibilities in this volatile region.

At the same time, my newfound social activism awakened an authentic outlet in the justice and poverty issues facing our community. Page 27 During my urban experience in Newark, we learned there was a need to work on black-Jewish tensions which had peaked during the Newark riots of 1967. We began a dialogue and congregational exchanges with a large Newark synagogue, where the noted Rabbi Joachim Prinz served. With my senior pastor, Dr. Joseph L. Roberts, an outstanding preacher and pastor, we began to build bridges between the two communities.

Gabi is a uniquely qualified and wise student of the troubled political waters of the Middle East as well as of the churches. I tried to learn as much as I could from this leader of Page 14 the regions historic churches who became a mentor and special friend. These exciting developments left little time for research and writing, particularly for someone like myself who leans more toward activism than research. But I began to see that my involvement in the daily events of the Middle Eastern churches and in both the Lebanese and Palestinian-Israeli cases were reshaping my ever changing focus of writing.

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