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During this time of strife and conflict in the Middle East, we will welcome and honor the work of Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem on Wednesday, September 24. Hope is what his ministry in Palestine does through its ministries of education, advocacy, job training and social programs. Come; learn of hope’s resiliency and steadfastness.
As the Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, you may have seen Reverend Raheb on television particularly some years ago when the church in Bethlehem was under siege. Dr. Raheb is also the author of I Am a Palestinian Christian (1995), Bethlehem Besieged: Stories of Hope in Times of Trouble (2004), Sailing through Troubled Waters: Christianity in the Middle East (2013), and Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes (2014). As one of the few Palestinian Christian theologians he has been active international, ecumenical and inter-faith relations.
This is a unique opportunity to meet Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, to support Palestinian Christians and to advocate for justice for all Palestinians. Support from the international community is critical for Bethlehem and the Bright Stars of Bethlehem supporting the various ministries and programs associated with the Christmas Church and Dar Al Kalima. Come, learn more!
Bring congregational leaders with you and join us for a Palestinian lunch at 11:45 and conversation with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb. The suggested donation for lunch is $20 a person.
There will also be a culinary demonstration from 10:30 – 11:30 with chefs trained at Dar Al Kalima University. (The Bright Stars of Bethlehem campaign supports university training as well as vocational training such as the chefs.) You or members of your congregation may be interested in the culinary demonstration.