Palestinian Refugees, Humanitarian Assistance, and Creataive Peace-Building


Alain Weaver


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Faith and International Development Conference


Plenary #3 Alain Epp Weaver leads strategic planning for Mennonite Central Committee, a Christian relief, development and peacebuilding organization supported by Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in Canada and the United States. Currently working from MCC's Akron, Pennsylvania, office, Alain previously worked for 11 years with MCC in various parts of the Middle East: as an English teacher at a Catholic school in the northern West Bank village of Zababdeh; as development coordinator in the Gaza Strip; and most recently as MCC representative for Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq. A 1991 graduate of Bethel College (Kansas), Alain completed a Master of Divinity degree at the U niversity of Chicago in 1999 and is currently finishing a dissertation on Palestinian Christian understandings of exile and return as part of the Ph.D. program in Theology at the University of Chicago. The author of States of Exile: Visions of Diaspora, Wotness, and Return (Herald Press, 2008), Alain has also published numerous scholarly and popular articles in journals such as the Review of Politics, the Journal of Religious Ethics, and the Christian Century and has edited several books, including Under Vine and Fig Tree: Biblical Theologies of Land and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (Herald Press, 2007). Married for over two decades to Sonia Weaver, Alain is the father of two children, Samuel and Katherine.

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