The Near East School of Theology (NEST), in collaboration with Presbyterian World Missions, is offering a special program for pastors and leaders who would like to become acquainted with and/or deepen their knowledge of the churches of the Middle East, Islam, and Christian-Muslim relations - with particular emphasis on how their relations are impacting current work in Peace-making, Reconciliation, and Civil Society Development in Lebanon and the larger region and an eye towards how insights from the region might impact the work of the church in the USA.
Four major themes will be explored through lectures, field visits, interviews and encounters with local Christian and Muslim leaders and organizations and NEST faculty:
- Introduction to the Lebanese and Middle Eastern Political and Religious Context
- Introduction to the five church families of the Middle East: Assyrian, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Oriental Orthodox, and Protestant
- Introduction to the different strands of the Middle Eastern Islamic Scene
- Introduction to Christian-Muslim Dialogue and Relations in the Contemporary Period
Find the Registration Packet here.
Trip is limited to 10 participants. Apply early! Application due by 1/31/18.