Geneva Lecture Series presents Dr. Mitri Raheb

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
main sanctuary Trinity Episcopal Church
320 East College Street
Oberlin, OH 44074

TOUGH CALLING: Growing Hope at Times of Crisis


Dr. Mitri Raheb is the President of Diyar Consortium and of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem, Bright Stars of Bethlehem in the United States, as well as the president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land in addition to being the Senior Pastor Emeritas of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, Dr. Raheb is the author of 16 books including: I am a Palestinian Christian; Bethlehem Besieged. His most recent authorship (2017) is the The Cross in Context, co-authored with Dr. Suzanne Watt Henderson. And his acclaimed, Faith in the Face of Empire was written in 2014. He is the Chief Editor of the Contextual Theology Series at Diyar Publishing including: The Invention of History, A Century of Interplay between Theology and Politics in Palestine; The Biblical Text in the Context of Occupation: Towards a new hermeneutics of liberation. His books and numerous articles have been translated so far into eleven languages.

The 53-year-old multilingual contextual theologian received for his 'distinguished service to church and society' the prestigious Wittenberg Award from the Luther Center in DC (2003). He also received for his 'outstanding contribution to Christian education through research and publication' an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in Chicago (2003)  an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in Wisconsin (2010) the peace award for his 'interfaith work toward peacemaking in Israel and Palestine' the "International Mohammad Nafi Tschelebi Peace Award" of the Central Islam Archive in Germany (2006) and in 2007 the well-known German Peace Award of Aachen. In 2012 the German Media Prize, a Prize granted mainly to head of states, was awarded to Dr. Raheb for his "tireless work in creating room for hope for his people, who are living under Israeli Occupation, through founding and building institutions of excellence in education, culture and health." His most recent award is the 2015 Olof Palme Peace Prize awarded by the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm, January 29, 2016, in honor of his peace making work in Palestine and in memory of the Swedish Prime Minister, Olof Palme.

The work of Dr. Raheb has received wide media attention from major international media outlets and networks including CNN, ABC, CBS, 60 Minutes, BBC, ARD, ZDF, DW, BR, Premiere, Raiuno, Stern, The Economist, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair. 

Dr. Raheb holds a Doctorate in Theology from the Philipps University at Marburg, Germany. He is married to Najwa Khoury and has two daughters, Dana & Tala. 

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