Since early 2016 the Board of Trustees of Friends of Sabeel UK (FOSUK) and the Management Committee of Kairos Britain have been discussing a possible merger. This has now been voted on, and approved, by both the FOSUK Board of Trustees and the Kairos Britain Management Committee. It was felt that the advocacy work undertaken by Kairos Britain would be strengthened by the Theology of Liberation for the Palestinian Christian community that Sabeel has developed over the last 70 years. In addition the Liberation Theology of Sabeel would benefit from the advocacy work that Kairos Britain engages in and the merger would allow the development of a joint advocacy programme which would have a significant impact in the UK. In practical terms a number of areas have been agreed on:
This merger has the backing of both organisations in Palestine (Kairos Palestine and Sabeel Jerusalem) and mirrors similar models around the world. The organic growth that the merger will bring can only serve to make our support of our Palestinian sisters and brothers stronger and enable each of us to play a full part in ending the 50-year occupation in Palestine today. Thank you for all of your hard work and commitment and we look forward to sharing our work together as the year progresses.
Chris Rose Mark Battison
Kairos Britain Friends of Sabeel UK