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John Rackley

Press Release - 27 October 2005

Public lecture: Minister to recount visit to Palestine

'With Tears and Hope - An encounter with Israel and Palestine'

Bath Baptist Minister John Rackley will recount his experiences from a visit to a Palestinian refugee camp outside Ramallah at a free public lecture taking place at the University of Bath next week (6.30 pm Wednesday 2 November 2005).

Mr Rackley, who has been Baptist Chaplain at the University for 13 years and is a Minister at Manvers Street Baptist Church in Bath, visited the area last year to meet Christian Aid partners in Israel and Palestine.

He will tell the stories of some of the people he met, including a Palestinian farmer from Qalquila and children who play in the shadow of the separation wall in Bethlehem.

He will also raise the issues of whether the Israel-Palestine problem is intractable with no way forward, if businesses should consider disinvesting in companies that supply Israel with materials used against civilian populations.

Mr Rackley will also consider whether religion is part of the problem or the solution to problems in the region.

Tickets are free but need to be reserved by calling the University Chaplaincy Centre on 01225 386 458.

The lecture will take place in the Ecumenical Chaplaincy Centre on the University Campus at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 2 November 2005.

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