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What Jerusalem Means to Us—Christian Perspectives and Reflections

A special book, forthcoming in spring 2018
A Publication of the Holy land Christian Ecumenical Foundation

Edited by:Dr. Saliba Sarsar, Chair of the HCEF Research and Publication Committee and Professor of Political Science at Monmouth University

Jerusalem is the holiest city and the center of our faith. Marking the location of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, she is the source of our identity, meaning-making, and salvation. It is from Jerusalem that Christianity and our Mother Church emanated and then spread to the rest of the world.  It is in Jerusalem that Palestinian Christians, who are the children of the Bible and the Living Stones, became the first believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. Sharing Jerusalem and retaining a solid bond and influence there are essential for safeguarding the Christian holy places and Palestinian Christian interests and presence.

Have you been on pilgrimage to the Holy Land?  Have you visited Jerusalem? Have you had a chance to connect with the Living Stones?  Have you prayed for the peace of Jerusalem? Have you thought of Jerusalem’s centrality to your faith?

Leaders – religious, academic, community, organizational, and media – share their voice in a special HCEF book, titled What Jerusalem Means to Us. Belonging to different Christian denominations and originating from different corners of the earth, including Jerusalem, Palestine, Jordan, Ireland, Scotland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the United States, they share their views on Jerusalem.


  • Dr. Carole Monica C. Burnett: Editor of the Church and Fathers of the Church Mediaeval Continuation, The Catholic University of America Press
  • Fr. Dr. Drew Christiansen, S.J.: Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Global Development in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service
  • Marie Dennis: Co-president of Pax Christi
  • Sami El-Yousef: Chief Executive Officer, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
  • Dr. Cynthia Finlayson: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Brigham Young University
  • Dr. Nahida Halaby Gordon: Professor Emerita in Probability and Statistics, Case Western Reserve University
  • Rev. Richard H. Graham: Bishop, Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Delinda C. Hanley: News Editor, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
  • Rev. Dr. Carl Hofmann: Pastor of Congregation Care, Denver, Colorado
  • Khalil E. Jahshan: Executive Director of Arab Center Washington D.C. Inc.
  • Fr. Rafiq Khoury: Preacher and a specialist in Pastoral Theology and Catechism within the Latin Patriarchal Diocese of Jerusalem
  • Daoud Kuttab: Award winning Palestinian journalist, TV producer, and former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University
  • Fr. George Makhlouf: Antiochian priest who was ordained in Jerusalem in 1985 and has served in Ramallah and New York
  • Dr. Melanie A. May: John Price Grozer Professor of Theology, vice president for academic life, and dean of faculty at Colgate Rochester Grozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York
  • Fr. Michael McDonagh: Senior Advisor to the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
  • Sir Rateb Rabie: Founder and President/CEO of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation
  • Sabrina Covic Radojicic: Writer and co-founder of Maranatha-Conversion, Medugorje, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Rev. David A Renwick: Senior Pastor of the National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.
  • HB Emeritus Michel Sabbah: Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem (1987-2008)
  • Dr. Bernard Sabella: Executive Secretary, Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees of the Middle East Council of Churches, Jerusalem
  • Dr. Saliba Sarsar: Chair of the HCEF Research and Publication Committee and Professor of Political Science at Monmouth University
  • Dr. James Zogby: President of the Arab American Institute


2018-03-06T07:35:26+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Categories: News|