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Join CMEP, the World Council of Churches, our board member organization the Franciscan Friars, and Christians around the world for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2022. The theme for 2022 is “We Saw the Star in the East, and We Came To Worship Him.”
The Franciscans elaborate on the theme for 2022: "Like the Magi who braved the perils of a long and dangerous journey to find the Christ child, our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East face many hardships as they strive to live out their faith in Christ. Our prayer in solidarity with their suffering is a light of hope and communion." Read more about this week here.
CMEP will be hosting a religious leader from the Middle East each day from January 18-21 for a live time of prayer and reflection at 10 am Eastern. Join us as we pray together in hope of Christian Unity.
Rima Nasrallah van Saane is an Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at the Near East School of the Theology. She has an MA in Living Reformed Theology as well as an MPhil with a focus on ethnography and theology both from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She holds a PhD in Liturgical-Ritual studies from the Protestant Theological University (PThU), Amsterdam. Her academic interests include Contemporary Eastern Christian studies as well as the study of Christianity in Late Modernity. Her focus is the empirical study of lived theology and the practices of faith in the everyday life. She gives special attention to gender, context, performance, and the arts. Nasrallah-van Saane teaches courses in Pastoral Theology, Worship and Liturgy, Preaching, and Eastern Christianity.
Father Emanuel Youkhana is the archimandrite of the Assyrian Church of the East in Iraq. He is also co-founder and Executive Director of Christian Aid Program-- Nohadra-- Iraq (CAPNI), which provides wide-ranging services from basic relief to development, healthcare, education, and church programs. Father Emanuel studied electrical engineering at the University of Baghdad. After informal training through the Assyrian Church, he was ordained in 1987. He is a well-respected advocate for Christians and human rights in Iraq.
Anne Zaki is Assistant Professor in the Department of Practical Theology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. She grew up in Cairo in a pastor’s home, and has been involved in various teaching and leading ministries since she was a teenager. Anne holds a Bachelor of Art in both Psychology and Sociology from Calvin College, and a Master of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from the American University in Cairo. She holds a Master of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary. Anne has pastored several churches with her husband, Rev. Naji Umran, in Egypt, Canada, and the United States. They felt called by God to return to Egypt in 2011, just nine months after the January 25th Egyptian Revolution, and have resided there since. Anne's areas of interest include travel, learning about the different cultural influences on the church worldwide, creating new ministries, mentoring youth, and administration. She is currently pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church in Egypt and is working on a PhD in Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Rev. Wadie Far is the Vicar of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Salt at Episcopal Diocese Of Jerusalem as well as the chaplain for the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf (HLID). He attended Virginia Theological Seminary and just a few years into parish life, the Archbishop asked if he would consider serving as chaplain for the Institute. After taking a quick course in Arabic sign language, he took up chaplaincy duties doubling as director of the boarding program, which accounts for most of the students as well as serving the small Episcopal parish in Salt.
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