Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
02:00pm EDT

Location CHQ Assembly

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb is Co-Founder of Bright Stars of Bethlehem and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Palestine. 

Born in Bethlehem, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb has long had a vision that his fellow Palestinians would not only survive but thrive. He sees creativity and, specifically, creative resistance as key to self-determination and hope.   

As such, Dr. Raheb has established numerous educational and cultural initiatives in Palestine, most notably Dar al-Kalima University of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, where he is the President.  During his time as Senior Pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem from 1987-2017, Rev. Dr. Raheb was the most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, with 17 books including, ​The Cross in Contexts: Suffering and Redemption in Palestine, and ​Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes.  

Dr. Raheb is the recipient of numerous international awards, including the Olof Palme Prize (2015) for peace and the German Media Prize (2012) for his local, regional, and international efforts to end the occupation in Palestine and to work towards a peaceful, equitable society for all in the Middle East. Other recipients of these awards include former ​President Barack Obama, the ​Dalai Lama, and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Skilled in over seven languages, Rev. Dr. Raheb is a sought-after voice regarding Palestine, its people, and Middle East diplomacy. He has been widely featured on international media outlets including CBS, CNN, ABC, BBC, PBS, The Economist, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, and 60 minutes. Dr. Raheb holds a Doctorate in Theology from Philipps University of Marburg, Germany.