SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2015 UNITED STATES SPEAKING TOUR
All are welcome at all events. Admission is free unless otherwise noted, and a free-will offering will be received to support scholarships to help low-income students attend the Mar Elias Educational Institutions, founded by Abuna starting in 1982.
- Sunday, 13 Sept, Grosse Pointe Memorial Presbyterian Church, 10:30am Abuna will be a guest at morning service, helping celebrate the church’s 150th Anniversary.
- Monday, 14 Sept, 7:00pm evening event at Grosse Pointe Memorial with a panel of past Ecumenical Scholars (Archbishop Emeritus Elias Chacour, Dr. Mary Mikhael, and Rev. Samer Azar) focusing on Middle East Peace — again helping celebrate the church’s 150th anniversary. Click here for more information.
- Tuesday, 15 Sept, 7:00pm Public Presentation by Abuna at First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, MI.
- Wednesday, 16 Sept, First Presbyterian Church, Tecumseh, MI.
6:00pm Fundraiser Palestinian dinner with Abuna; tickets still available, $40/person, make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church, Tecumseh. Phone (517) 423-3470. (Abuna will not speak during the dinner, but at…
7:30pm at a public presentation in the sanctuary. All are welcome. Free-will offering will be received for Mar Elias.
- Thursday, 17 Sept, Holland, MI
2:00pm Hope College and Western Seminary meeting with students
7:00pm at St. Francis de Sales Church, Holland, event sponsored by Kairos USA – W. Michigan. Free will offering.
- Saturday, 19 Sept, Fort Wayne, IN, Gala/Fundraiser dinner ($65) , 5:30-9:30pm at Courtyard by Marriott, downtown Fort Wayne. Please visit the Indiana CMEP website for more information or to register (click here).
- Sunday, 20 Sept, 2:00pm at North United Methodist Church,3808 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208. An afternoon event organized by Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East. Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At each event, copies of Abuna’s books will be available for sale and for autographing.
Now retired from serving as the Archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Church in Akko, Haifa, Nazareth, and all Galilee, Abuna Chacour lives in Ibillin on the campus of the schools he founded, the Mar Elias Educational Institutions. Today those schools have more than 3,000 students and faculty, including Muslims, Christians, Druze, and Jews. Students come from a 50 mile radius around Ibillin, often bypassing closer schools, in order to participate in the diverse and wonderful Mar Elias family where daily, Peace is Built on Desktops.
Abuna has worked tirelessly for reconciliation between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East and is author of several books, including Blood Brothers and We Belong to the Land. He is a recipient of the World Methodist Peace Award and the Niwano Peace Prize for his work in education and peace-building.