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The Scherer Lecture 2013

Speaker: Dr. Mary Mikhael

Title: "Christian Presence and the Syrian Civil War"

When:Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 4 p.m.

Where: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Common Room (350)

Free and open to the public

Civil unrest in Syria has brought unimaginable criminal and brutal violence. Christians, who have historically fared well in secular Syria, are fleeing the country and it is feared that Christianity there may be completely wiped out. More than 350,000 Syrian refugees have poured into Lebanon since the crisis began. Refugees living in camps are subjected to violence, rape and bitter cold. Lebanese society is divided about whether to provide aid to these refugees. This lecture examines the conditions in Syria and the response of global Christians to the mind-boggling misery there.

Since the outbreak of civil war in Syria, Dr. Mary Mikhael has been interpreting the consequences of this tragedy for the Syrian and Lebanese people, particularly the Christian communities, on behalf of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon. From 1994­ to 2011, Dr. Mikhael was president of the Near East School of Theology (NEST), Beirut, Lebanon,  the first woman seminary president in the Middle East. A Presbyterian born in Syria to Greek Orthodox parents, Dr. Mikhael is active in ecumenical and interfaith initiatives. She is a noted authority on the church in the Middle East and the role of women in the church.

A reception follows the lecture.


This annual lecture is funded through the Eleanor and Arnold Scherer Endowment Fund.

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