Scherer Lecturer Mary Mikhael to speak on "Christian Presence and the Syrian Civil War" August 20, 2013

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.

On Tuesday, September 24, at 4 p.m. the Rev. Dr. Mary Mikhael will present the annual Scherer Lecture at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Her talk, “Christian Presence and the Syrian Civil War,” will examine the conditions in Syria and the response of global Christians to the mind-boggling misery there.

The free lecture will be held in the LSTC Common Room, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. A reception immediately follows the lecture.

About Dr. Mikhael
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.

The Scherer Lecture
The annual Scherer Lecture addresses aspects of the church’s worldwide mission, missiology, or the life of the world Christian community. It is made possible through the Eleanor and Arnold Scherer Endowment Fund.



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