St. Luke’s to host Film Screening in Support of Palestine

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will host a screening of the film Al Helm: Martin Luther King, Jr. in Palestine on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:30 pm.  The documentary follows a group of American gospel singers as they rehearse and perform a play about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the nonviolent work of the Civil Rights Movement with the Palestinian National Theater.

This educational event is for any who may wish to learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The film will provide a unique perspective of Palestinian life under Israeli military occupation and the response of local Palestinian communities.

A group discussion will follow the film’s screening.  Jessica Frederick, a Jamestown native who spent three years living and working in the Palestinian territories, will be present to answer questions and share her experiences on this issue.  Frederick lived in the city of Hebron and the village of At-Tuwani, supporting local Palestinian communities engaged in nonviolent organizing.

The Rev. Luke Fodor, Rector of St. Luke’s explains that “Al Helm” means “the dream” in Arabic.

Quoting Martin Luther King Jr. Fodor says “. . . [W]e are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny — whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

The screening is free and open to the public. St. Luke’s is located at 410 North Main Street, Jamestown (corner of Fourth and Main). For more information about this event or any of St. Luke’s other offerings call the church office at 716-483-6405 or visit

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