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Faith in the Face of the Empire

Conference Start Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 to Monday, March 23, 2015

Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine


I invite pastors, church leaders, religious journalists, and other professional people involved in the Holy Land struggle to a unique program based on my latest book “Faith in the Face Empire.” The aim of this program is to gain a deeper understanding of the current realities in Israel-Palestine today in the wake of the Gaza war as well as viewing the Holy Land through a new, biblical hermeneutical lens. This opportunity is open for people already interested in the region, who have traveled there before and are committed to making a difference and investing in hope. Events of 2014 have included the failure of the American peace initiative, the Gaza War, the escalation of acts of racial hatred and violence, and the changing context of the Middle East as a region. All of these events combined are from here on the journey toward peace, human rights and building bridges of understanding. I believe my recent book provides a framework for considering many of the hard questions we now face. The Palestinian Christian community in the Kairos document sent out a cry to the Christian community abroad saying “Come and See.” This is an invitation to come and see the facts on the ground, to listen to diverse narratives, to be inspired by ministries of hope, and to consider future directions for advocacy and support in the wake of all that has happened this year. I hope you will join me for this program of faith and learning.

— Mitri Raheb


Born in Bethlehem, Dr. Raheb is one of the most widely published Palestinian theologians to date.  He is the President of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem.( and President of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, NFP, the U.S. organization that supports the vision of creating programs based on arts, culture and identity. He serves as the Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem as well as the President of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.

Travel is arranged through Group Travel Directors.  For more information contact John Lindner tel: 860-349-2425

Cost of the tour (including airfair from Newark) is $3,950.