The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb to Speak in DC Area June 7-10

The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and Director of Bethlehem's International Center, will be in the Washington DC area to discuss his newest book, Bethlehem Besieged: Stories of Hope in Times of Trouble ( Pastor Raheb, one of the most thoughtful Christian voices in the Middle East today, will reflect on current conditions in Palestine and share stories of peacemakers in that region. A short biography of the Rev. Dr. Raheb appears in the Wittenberg Awards section of the Luther Institute's web site,

Monday, June 7

7:30 pm -8:30 pm: Lecture, Q&A, followed by reception and book signing.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Boulevard (at George Mason Drive), Arlington, Virginia 22204, (703) 892-2565
This event is co-sponsored by the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, the Luther Institute, the River Road Unitarian Church-Social Justice Council, the Arab American Institute, and the Arab American Anti-discrimination Committee. RSVP not required. For further details, please see There is plenty of onsite parking!

Tuesday, June 8

12:00 Noon
Lecture followed by reception
The Middle East Institute
1761 N Street, NW, Washington, DC
Contact: Ethan Arnheim  (202) 785-1141 ext 202  RSVP required to

7:30 - 8:30 pm
Lecture followed by reception and book signing.
Redeemer Lutheran Church
1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA, 703-356-3346
RSVP to the Luther Institute, 202.547.5504 or email

Wednesday, June 9

12:10 - 12:45 pm
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 E. Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20003
Presentation by Rev. Raheb, followed by book-signing and discussion. Brown bag lunch; beverage provided. This event is co-sponsored by The Luther Institute, the Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs ELCA (122 C Street, NW, Washington, DC), and the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC. RSVP to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation,  202.543.4200.

6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Palestine Center
2425 Virginia Avenue, NW / Washington, DC 20037
Lecture followed by book signing. This event is sponsored by The American Taskforce on Palestine and The Palestine Center. To RSVP please phone 202-338-1325. The Palestine Center is the educational arm of The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development. It is located at the Potomac Plaza apartment building at the corner of Virginia and New Hampshire Avenues, NW. The nearest metro station is Foggy Bottom. Paid Parking at the Watergate Hotel.

Thursday, June 10

10:30 -11:30 am
Simpson Memorial Chapel
United Methodist Building, 1st and Maryland NE, DC
Rev. Raheb will speak, followed by book-signing. Contact: Rev. Neal Christi at (202) 488-5611

7:00 PM 
Churches' Center for Theology and Public Policy
Wesley Theological Seminary
Lecture. CONTACT: Rev. Barbara Green at (202) 885-8648