Unbounded Stories From Palestine: Storytelling, Empathy, and Peacebuilding

Unbounded Stories From Palestine: Storytelling, Empathy, and Peacebuilding
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Organizing Institution: Gaser-Bridge Interfaith Group
Contact email: [email protected]
Start Date: October 25, 2023 (07:00pm)
End Date: October 25, 2023 (9:00pm CDT)
Cost: Free
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302 - 1200 Portage Ave – Winnipeg – Canada

Gaser-Bridge is proud to partner with the Mediation Services of Winnipeg to host and facilitate an installment in the series of Unbounded Stories. The aim of this series is to share stories from Palestine while engaging with the power of narrative exchange. Story plays a central tenet in human life and our event will focus on creating spaces for silenced and untold stories to emerge.


After spending the summer in Palestine, facilitators Izzeddin Hawamda and Karen Ridd have returned to share stories of both struggle and resilience in the context of Palestine under occupation. For Izzeddin, the experience of bringing a dear friend and colleague to stay with him in his home in Palestine offered an opportunity to reflect on daily life from a different perspective. With the support of the Canadian Mennonite University, Karen and Izzeddin spent a week teaching a course on Conflict Resolution at An-Najah National University in Nablus alongside a local professor. The aim of this course was to challenge colonization, uplift Palestinian voices, and share meaning through dialogue. In addition, Chloe Bergen and Rielle Miller spent this past summer in Bethlehem fulfilling practicums in Physiotherapy and Human Rights respectively – contributing complimentary experiences.

As we share our stories, we wake the morning dew in our chests, a new color blossoms as every word leaves our heart, and the sun is decorated with saffron.

Please join us in an evening filled with stories of human connection.


Karen Ridd is a Teaching Associate Professor at Canadian Mennonite University and Menno Simons College. She is a mediator, facilitator, teacher, and public speaker. Karen’s pedagogy nourishes knowledge, connection, and humanity.

Izzeddin Hawamda is a PhD candidate in Peace Studies at the University of Manitoba, high school teacher and human rights activist. His poetry is rooted in the love of his Palestinian homeland, engaging the senses in a bid to call the reader into a longing for community, connection and lasting peace.

Rielle Miller is a Human Rights and Conflict Resolution student who completed her practicum in Bethlehem, Palestine. Research interest in the intersection of technology, human rights, and international relations.

Chloe Bergen is a physiotherapy graduate, who spent her high school years in East Jerusalem and recently completed a practicum at Caritas Baby Hospital in Bethlehem, Palestine.

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