Drew Christiansen Inaugural Memorial Lecture
Being Church in the Land Called Holy
Showing the Drew Christiansen Inaugural Memorial Lecture Video
November 16, 2022
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST
Location: Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart Map
The Christian population in the Holy Land has decreased from historically around 18% to less than 2% today. Still, today’s Holy Land Christians are continuing that journey of constant challenge and renewal. This lecture provided a deeper understanding of how Christians can further the quest for acceptance, equality, justice, and peace among people of all faiths in Israel and Palestine.
Sami El-Yousef, the chief executive officer of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, explored the spiritual roots and practical application of the Christian faith through the eyes of those whose experience is rooted in the land where Jesus was born, taught, died, and was resurrected. He spoke about the presence, aspirations, challenges, and contributions of the church and its institutions with a focus on the Catholic Church.
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Office of Mission and Ministry at Georgetown University, Bethlehem University Foundation, and Churches for Middle East Peace.
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Rev. Ronald Anton, S.J., superior of the Georgetown Jesuit Community, delivers opening remarks.
Mae Cannon, director of Churches for Middle East Peace, introduces speaker Sami El-Yousef.
CEO of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Sami El-Yousef delivers his lecture on the work of Holy Land churches.
Sir Jeffery M. Abood, KCHS, opens the Q&A session with Sami El-Yousef.
A graduate student asks her question based on the lecture.
Members of the audience listen to the discussion.