Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Mitri Raheb will visit the Twin Cities

Hear the Stories Behind the Story on the Nightly News
The Rev. Mitri Raheb, author and pastor of the Evangelical Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem - http://www.elcjhl.org/cong/bethlehem/ - will be visiting the Twin Cities August 8-15.

Pastor Raheb also directs the International Center of Bethelehem, a ministry of Christmas Lutheran Church - http://www.annadwa.org/

During his stay in the Minneapolis area, Pastor Raheb will be interviewed by local media, working with Middle East peace organizations, reporting to political leaders, and speaking to local congregations to increase awareness of the issues of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict through the experiences of one who lives in the center of it.

Mitri Raheb is the author of Bethlehem Besieged, a riveting story, beginning with the siege of Bethlehem in 2002 and continuing into today’s scene of occupation, the wall, and suicide bombers. Like The Diary of Anne Frank it also chronicles the personal struggles of Palestinians and their families to survive the violence and to act with integrity in extreme circumstances. It gives full voice to the soundbites of the nightly news.

“This is a heartrending account of what has happened to ordinary people, and how they have lived and survived [in] Bethlehem, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace. It should shake us out of complicity with the injustice being visited on ordinary people,” said Desmond Tutu, Retired Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa. See the book at http://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/item.jsp?clsid=168594&productgroupid=0&isbn=0800636538

Mitri Raheb is a Palestinian Arab and Christian pastor who ministers to his people in Bethlehem, where his family has lived for hundreds of years. He holds a doctorate from Marburg University in Germany. Internationally honored for his work, Raheb has been interviewed by CNN, the Washington Post, Fox News, ABC News, and CBS News, sharing his stories of the Israeli bombing of Bethlehem and the fears and hopes of ordinary people living there.

To hear his stories attend one of the following events, which are, free and open to the public:

Thursday, August 9th, 7:00 pm: Pastor Raheb speaks at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 Cty. Rd. 19, Excelsior, Minn.

Saturday, August 11th, 10:00 am: Pastor Raheb speaks at Middle East Peace Now, Southdale Hennepin County Library, 7001 York Av. S., Edina, Minn. Treats at 9:30 am. Info: Florence Steichen, 651-696-1642

Saturday, August 11th, 5:00 pm: Pastor Raheb preaches at Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, 55th & Penn Av. S., Minneapolis, Minn.

Sunday, August 12th, 10:30 am: Pastor Raheb preaches at Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, 55th & Penn Av. S., Minneapolis, Minn.

Sunday, August 12th, 7:00 pm: Pastor Raheb speaks at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 W. 3rd St., Northfield, Minn.

Tuesday, August 14th, 7:00 pm: Pastor Raheb speaks at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 41st & Lyndale S., Minneapolis, Minn.

Wednesday, August 15th, 8:00-10:00 am: Pastor Raheb speaks at Luther Seminary, Olson Campus Center, Fulham & Herndon, St. Paul, Minn. Topic: “The Fifth Gospel as Encountered Through Pilgrimage Today.” Continental breakfast will be served. Please call to register in advance by Aug. 10: 800-747-2255 Ex. 133 or jtollund@gtd.org

Bethlehem Besieged
By: Mitri Raheb
Format: Paperback, 170 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches Item No: 9780800636531
Price: $15.00

Essays by Pastor Mitri Raheb are featured in Water from the Rock - Lutheran Voices from Palestine - http://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/item.jsp?redirected=true&isbn=0806649895&clsid=94150

To order Bethlehem Besieged please call Fortress Press at 1-800-328-4648 or visit the Web site at http://www.fortresspress.com/. For interviews and speaking engagements please call Bob Todd at 1-800-426-0115 ext. 234 or e-mail toddb@augsburgfortress.org

No comments: