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CU Hosts Most-Published Palestinian Theologian

Rev. Raheb of Bethlehem will speak about life in the Middle East, healing and liberation

PORTLAND, Ore. – Aug. 8, 2013 – Concordia University’s Art & Carol Wahlers Center for Applied Lutheran Leadership, in collaboration with Bright Stars of Bethlehem, will host special guest Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb for a free lecture on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the University’s Hagen Campus Center, 2811 NE Holman St. in Portland, Ore.

Rev. Dr. Raheb, senior pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine, will speak about healing, liberation and bringing hope to the Palestinian people in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. He will also speak about outreach ministries supporting the people of Palestine.

“Liberation starts in our hearts and in our heads. This is why preaching, teaching, and healing our community has become our mission,” says Rev. Dr. Raheb. Rev. Dr. Raheb, as the author of 16 books, translated into 11 different languages, is the most widely published Palestinian theologian to date.

Bethlehem, known worldwide as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, is located in the West Bank, Palestine which is currently under Israeli occupation. In addition to being the senior pastor at Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine, Rev. Dr. Raheb is president of Diyar Consortium and of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem, as well as president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Rev. Dr. Raheb has founded more than 11 separate institutions that serve the desperate needs of Bethlehem, including a health and wellness center, a media center, a gallery and more. He also founded the first and only Lutheran university in the Middle East.

For Rev. Dr. Raheb’s full bio visit