The Secondary Campus has a school-wide chapel most Tuesdays from 10:15 to 11:15am. The next two chapels may be of particular interest to the wider school community and parents and other friends of the school are invited to attend.
The Holy Land: what are we called to do as Christians?
Our school theme this year, based on Ephesians 2:19-22, explores the concepts of foundations and what it means for Christians to be the temple of God. We are therefore very pleased to have Dr. Jonathan Kuttab as our chapel speaker on October 2. He has found time in his busy tour schedule to speak at John Knox that morning. Dr. Kuttab will address us as a Christian who lives in the land where our Christian Faith arose. How are we to respond to the ongoing events in this disputed place?
Dr. Jonathan Kuttab is a Palestinian Christian, who is past chair of the Bethlehem Bible College, serves on the board of the Sabeel Ecumenical Theology Center in Jerusalem, is chair of Holy Land Trust, and is a leader in the establishment of the Christ at the Checkpoint conference in Bethlehem. Dr. Kuttab is also a leading human rights lawyer. After graduating with his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Virgina Law School, and practicing a few years on Wall Street, he returned home to Palestine. In 1979, Dr. Kuttab co-founded Al Haq, the first international human rights legal organization in Palestine. Later he co-founded the Palestinian Center for the Study of Non-Violence (now Violence International) and also founded the Mandela Institute for Prisoners. Jonathan Kuttab was part of the 1994 legal team for the Cairo agreement that resulted in the Oslo II Accord. He was visiting scholar at Osgoode Law School at York University in Toronto in the Fall of 2017, and is a founding director of Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement pour une Paix Juste, a Canadian-based, international human rights not-for-profit organization.
Dr. Kuttab is a resident of East Jerusalem, and a partner of Kuttab, Khoury and Hanna Law Firm in East Jerusalem.
Focusing on reaching out and connecting with people is an important part of our Grade 11 Cultural Outreach Program. We are privileged to have Wilbur Sargunaraj teach us about cultural intelligence and how to be Simple Superstars!
The times of India has called him “India’s first YouTube star”. Wilbur Sargunaraj uses his platform to create films and music, which call attention to social issues such as racism, poverty and women’s rights. In his artistic and humanitarian projects, his desire is to celebrate simplicity and to make the common extraordinary. His passion is for reconciliation, justice, and helping people build relational bridges across differences. In addition to his artistic projects, Wilbur performs and speaks at schools and businesses to inspire children and adults around the world to become first class, culturally intelligent Simple Superstars. Wilbur was born in a small prairie town on Treaty 7 in Alberta, Canada and grew up in rural South India. He is an avid aviation geek who loves dancing, eating Chicken 65, and drinking first class filter coffee!