The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF)will convene a daylong national conference concerning the future of Christians and Churches in the Holy Land.
Washington, DC – Saturday, October 2nd, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF)will convene a daylong national conference concerning the future of Christians and Churches in the Holy Land. Featured speakers include
- His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem (Catholic Archbishop)
- Right Reverend Mounib A. Younan, Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan
- Right Reverend Riah Abu elAssal, Bishop, The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East
- H. M. Queen Noor of Jordan (invited)
- H. B. Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
- The Right Reverend Mounib A. Younan, Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan
- The Right Reverend Riah Abu elAssal, Bishop, The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East
- H.E. Dr. Marwan Muasher, Jordanian Ambassador to the United States (invited)
Conference Schedule: 8:00 9:00 Registration and coffee
9:00 9:30 Welcome Rateb Y. Rabie, President, Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation
9:30 10:15 History of Christians in the Holy Land The Right Reverend Mounib A. Younan, Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan
10:15 10:30 Break
10:30 12:00 Witnesses from Palestine Philip G. Farah, former English teacher at the Lutheran School, Ramallah, and Birzeit University; George Khoury, Past President, Birzeit Society; Fr. George Makhlouf, Pastor of Virgin Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Yonkers, NY; Terry Ahwal, Project Hope Coordinator, American Ramallah Federation of Palestine.
12:00 1:45 Luncheon Speakers The Right Reverend Riah Abu elAssal, Bishop, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East; H.E.Dr. Marwan Muasher, Jordanian Ambassador to the United States (invited)
2:00 3:30 Workshops and Speakers:
- Future of Jerusalem Fr. Drew Christiansen, U. S. Catholic Conference; Reverend Dr. David Johnson, Sr., Pastor, Evangelical Church of Holy Trinity, Lancaster, PA (former Director in the Holy Land for the Lutheran World Federation in the Middle East); Fr. Majdi Siryani, Legal Advisor, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem; Housing and Economic Development Fr. Emil Salayta, Director, Latin Patriarchate Schools and Director of the “Living Stones” housing project; Peter Gubser, President, ANERA Pilgrimage Pentecost 2000 Joseph Donnelly, President, Aid to Churches in Need, USA; Charlotte Rhoads, Past President of PAX World Services Job Creation Joseph Saba, Country Director (Palestine), World Bank; Robert Mertz, Principal Financial Analyst, World Bank Partnership Opportunities Marilyn Borst, First Presbyterian Church, Houston; Serge Duss, Director, Public Policy and Government Relations, World Vision Education Heide Shoup, Executive Director, Jerusalem Fund; Maria Spinoza, Encounter Foundation, Spain
Banquet at Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DCKeynote Speakers
H. M. Queen Noor of Jordan (invited)
H.B. Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.The conference will officially launch the Holy Land Christian Support Network of HCEF; its goal is to educate American Christians about the critical problems facing the Christians of the Holy Land. HCEF hopes that as a result of this conference, churches will use this national network to support the Holy Land Christians.
The Conference is open to the public. Registration for the Conference ($30)includes an Arabic lunch. A separate ticket ($60) is required for the banquet. For more information and registration packets, please call 3018719222 or write HCEF, P.O. Box 6687, Silver Spring, MD 20906.