At the Lutheran School of Theology on Tuesday, April 1, history and theology will come to life. Internationally-acclaimed theologian Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb will speak on his latest book, Faith in the Face of Empire, which draws parallels between the impact of empire in both biblical history and Palestine today.
Raheb will preach in LSTC's Augustana Chapel, 1100 East 55th Street, at 11 a.m., followed by a light lunch and a presentation and book signing in LSTC’s Common Room (350). There is no cost to attend or registration required for this event, which is open to the public.
About Mitri Raheb
A pastor since 1988, Raheb is the president of Diyar, a Lutheran consortium of institutions that provides education, healthcare and cultural opportunities to Palestinian society. He is also the president of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support the work of Diyar. After 18 years, the programs reach more than 60,000 people in Palestine. While he is at LSTC, Raheb will discuss his work with these organizations.
Raheb is also the author of 16 books. His works have been translated into 11 languages, which has made him the most widely published Palestinian theologian today. Raheb is widely recognized for his work as a scholar as well as his advocacy for peace between Israel and Palestine. He is the recipient of accolades such as the Wittenberg Award from the Luther Center in Washington, D.C., as well as the 2012 German Media Prize. Recipients of this prize from previous years include the Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela.
In addition to this work, Raheb also serves as the president of the synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, as well as the pastor at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. He has appeared on networks such as CNN, ABC, BBC, and in publications including Newsweek and Vanity Fair.
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