Wesley Welcomes Archbishop Elias Chacour 1994 Recipient of World Methodist Peace Prize

Thursday, September 24
 
The Wesley Foundation welcomes Archbishop Elias Chacour on Thursday, September 24, to address the topic of peace and reconciliation from a faith perspective.
 
Archbishop Chacour has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1994 he received the World Methodist Peace Prize and in 2001 he was the recipient for Japan's Niwano Peace Prize. He is the author of two best selling books, Blood Brothers (1984) and We Belong to the Land (1990); these books have been translated into more than 20 languages.
 
Abuna Chacour was born to a Palestinian Christian family in the village of Biram in Upper Galilee in 1939. Along with his whole village he experienced the tragedy of eviction by the Israeli authorities in 1947 and became a refugee in his own land. He and all his family members became citizens of Israel when the state was created in 1948.  An unflinching advocate for peace, he founded the Mar Elias Educational Institutions, which yearly provide education to 4500 students of Christian, Druze, Jewish and Muslim communities.
 
Public Events Schedule for September 24, 2009:
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Wesley Foundation (lunch provided for $10)
First person account of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with proposals for how conflict can be addressed faithfully in the Middle East as well as personal and congregational life here in the U.S. He will also make proposals for how participants can educate others about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Checks for lunch (payable to "Wesley Foundation") should be mailed no later than Sept. 21 to Wesley Foundation, 526 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

8:00 p.m., Andrews Hall 101 on the campus of W&M
Free public address by Archbishop Chacour on "Faith, Peace and Reconciliation"
 
To register for either or both of these events, go to http://www.doodle.com/pv8iz7bhduqd89ef
For more information, call 757-229-6832.
 
Archbishop Chacour's visit to William and Mary is part of the Wesley Foundation's continuing effort to bring notable persons of faith to campus to address the topic of peace and reconciliation from a faith perspective.  Previous speakers have included Methodist Bishop Peter Storey of South Africa http://charterforcompassion.com/about/storey and actor Al Staggs http://www.alstaggs.com/index.htm portraying Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Clarence Jordan and Oscar Romero.