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Lecture: Reverend Dr. Mitri Raheb: “Bethlehem Today: Is There Still Room for Hope?”

24 September 2012


Good Shepard Lutheran Church

7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC 27613


Amidst the occupation and subsequent loss of Palestinian freedom, land, homes and economic opportunity, Lutheran pastor and prominent Palestinian Christian, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb brings a message of hope from Bethlehem. Today, Bethlehem is surrounded by walls, cutting the city off from Jerusalem, its economic and cultural center. The 2000 year-old Christian population is rapidly disappearing as a consequence. Rev. Raheb is leading efforts to reverse this trend and to strengthen the entire Palestinian community of Christians and Muslims through culture, health and education. In Raheb's words "...the Holy Land does not need walls, but bridges." His exemplary ecumenical Christian work and his interfaith relations with both Muslims and Jews have led to worldwide media attention and to prestigious awards such as the 2011 international "Deutscher Medienpreis."


Raheb is the president of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a U.S. nonprofit dedicated to building support for arts, leadership and education for the people of Bethlehem and beyond. Come learn how we, too, can create room for hope empowering those living under military occupation. There will be an opportunity to help sustain these programs through tax-deductible donations.


To learn more about Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and his work, please click here.  For more information, please email:

Mon Sep 24 11pm – Tue Sep 25, 2012 12am GMT (no daylight saving)
Good Shepard Lutheran Church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 (map)