WTS to Host Dr. Mitri Raheb



For more information:
Jill Kruse
Communication Specialist


DUBUQUE, IA – March 17, 2014 – Wartburg Theological Seminary welcomes internationally acclaimed author and theologian, Dr. Mitri Raheb, to speak at its campus on Monday, March 31st, at 12:35 p.m. in Weiblen Commons. Dr. Raheb will join the Wartburg community for a soup luncheon and presentation.

Born in Bethlehem, Dr. Raheb is a powerful advocate for peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is the President of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem, as well as the president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. He is also the Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine.

Dr. Raheb has co-founded several organizations and serves on a number of national, regional, and international boards. He is the President of Diyar Consortium, a group of Lutheran-based, ecumenicallyoriented institutions that serve the educational, medical, professional, and spiritual needs of the people of Palestine.

He is also the president of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a nonprofit that provides funding and support for Diyar’s work. He is the author of several books including I Am a Palestinian Christian, Bethlehem Besieged, and Faith in the Face of Empire. His work has been translated into over ten languages, making him the most widely published Palestinian theologian in the world today.

For his work and writing, Dr. Raheb has received several international awards, including the Aachener Peace Prize, the International Mohammad Nafi Tschleibi Award, the Wittenberg Award, and the German Media Award (past recipients of this prize include such individuals as Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, King Hussein of Jordan, and the Dalai Lama).

Dr. Raheb’s presentation at Wartburg Seminary is open to the public. Lunch will be provided to all those who attend. There is no cost, but a free will offering may be made. For more information or to register, contact global@wartburgseminary.edu or 563-589-0272.

This presentation by Dr. Raheb is sponsored by Wartburg Seminary’s Center for Global Theologies, which seeks to focus the commitments of Wartburg to the global mission of the church and to infuse those commitments into the programs and policies of the institution through scholarly research, church linkages, and programmatic initiatives. Wartburg Theological Seminary is one of eight theological schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Wartburg is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and educates women and men to serve the church’s mission as ordained and lay leaders. Established in Dubuque, Iowa in 1854, Wartburg Seminary is in its 160th academic year.