Dear College Administrators, Students and Professors, The Holy Land Christian College Community (HCCC) aims to build vibrant student groups across the United States that are dedicated to service

Dear College Administrators, Students and Professors,

The Holy Land Christian College Community (HCCC) aims to build vibrant student groups across the United States that are dedicated to service on behalf of Holy Land Christians and the preservation of the Mother Church. As an ecumenical Christian student movement, we seek to educate our campus communities about the plight facing Christians in the Holy Land, as well as the numerous ways to actively support the Christian presence in the region.

In our second year since being established at Georgetown, George Washington and Xavier Universities, we are looking for motivated student leaders to join us as we embark on an ambitious national campaign.

On Friday 21 October, HCCC will be convening a Student Leadership Institute in conjunction with the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation's (HCEF) seventh annual International Conference – United by Faith for Action. Within the International Conference.s setting, we will introduce student leaders to the work and goals of HCCC and the plight of Christians in the Holy Land. In so doing, we are looking to train a new generation of collegiate representatives in developing HCCC campus chapters and programs. Building on Friday.s Student Leadership Institute and the HCEF conference, HCCC representatives will reconvene for a Young Adults Workshop on Saturday afternoon. We encourage students to attend both the Friday morning Institute and the Saturday afternoon Workshop. Students who attend Friday.s Institute will receive free admission to the HCEF conference.

As the HCCC, we work to support the numerous humanitarian, educational, outreach, and faith initiatives of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), a non-profit, charitable, 501 (c)(3) organization, within our campus communities. Furthermore, we hope to nourish our faith, ecumenical understanding, and awareness of our religious heritage through service on behalf of the Holy Land Christian community.

After two thousand years, Christian families are still living and worshipping in the land where Jesus was born, died, and resurrected. Christian Palestinians, the living stones, are not converts to Christianity. They are the descendents of the first Christians. Christians live in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and other places in the Palestinian Territories and Israel. They represent the spectrum of Christianity through Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant communities. Together, they comprise the Mother Church. They have maintained a vibrant, continuous Christian presence in the region, but social, economic, and political obstacles threaten their continued existence as the living stones. The reality of daily suffering and poor economic prospects has prompted many to leave the land that their families have inhabited for centuries, the land where Jesus Christ our Savior was born. The Christian population of the Holy land, the living stones of the faith, has been reduced to a mere 2% today, from 18% in 1948. As a result, the very existence of living Christian communities in the Holy Land is threatened.

HCCC is a non-political, ecumenical student community that seeks to respond to this situation in a spirit of Christian unity. In line with the mission of HCEF, we seek to provide financial, moral, and spiritual support for our brothers and sisters in order to improve the deplorable living conditions which they are forced to endure. Through initiatives such as a child sponsorship program, olive wood craft exhibitions, and development projects that link Christians in America and Christians in the Holy Land, we seek to replace despair with hope, fear with security, and humiliation with human dignity.

HCCC Student Leadership Institute

The Student Leadership Institute will introduce and concentrate on HCCC.s mission and its potential as a vehicle for student empowerment through faith and service.

Beginning with an educational component, the seminar will provide an overview of the role of HCCC and its sponsor HCEF in the region. As University and College students, we are in a unique position to actively support the emerging generation of Christians in the Holy Land, while enriching our own understanding of our faith, its origins, and its future.

Building on this, a training component will provide a more in-depth introduction to HCCC, and its special position as a truly Ecumenical initiative. Students will learn how to establish HCCC chapters at their respective campuses. HCCC is an effective student organization that can successfully be individualized and adapted to each particular campus environment.

In the third segment, we will discuss the spiritual significance of the Church in the Holy Land and the unique role of the Mother Church in global Christianity. We will consider how people-to-people connections can be a spiritually enriching experience for both Western and Middle Eastern Christians. We will spend time praying for the Mother Church and for its witness. We will also worship together using Taize materials.

Finally, we will hold a round-table discussion on HCCC and its initiatives. In the spirit of ecumenical understanding, this segment is designed to foster dialogue and constructive engagement as we move toward the same goals.

With the HCCC we hope to channel our desire to help toward directly touching the lives of our brothers and sisters, the Living Stones, while embarking on a personal journey of growth and fulfillment.

If you are interested in attending HCCC.s Student Leadership Institute, or have a student you would like to nominate to attend, please contact Laura Fabrycky at Free housing is available for out-of-area students. For more information on HCEF.s International Conference, please visit our website at or click on this link

Thank you for your time and consideration. We hope to see you on Friday, 21 October,

The Holy Land Christian College Community Committee

Maher Bitar, Georgetown University,

David Fabrycky, George Washington University,

Reem R. Rabie, Xavier University (Cincinnati),

Laura Fabrycky, Virginia Theological Seminary,