Archbishop Elias Chacour, a world-renowned priest, peacemaker, and author will speak on Thursday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. at Duncan Memorial United MethodistMessage 1 of 1 , Mar 7View Source
Archbishop Elias Chacour, a world-renowned priest, peacemaker, and author will speak on Thursday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. The event is free to the public; a freewill offering will be received to support Mar Elias Educational Institutions (MEEI) in Ibillin, in the Galilee region of the State of Israel. The church is located on the campus of Randolph-Macon College at 201 Henry Street.
Elias Chacour was born in 1939 in the village of Biram in the Upper Galilee in Palestine, to a Palestinian Christian family. At the age of eight, he experienced the tragedy of his people when he was evicted, along with his whole village, in the Jewish War of Independence. He became a refugee in his own country.
In 1965, he was ordained a Melkite Catholic priest and was assigned to a parish in the small village of Ibillin in Galilee. While serving as priest and pastor, he quickly saw the need for reconciliation and education in the face of poverty and conflict. He founded a Kindergarten in 1970, followed by a library, community center, elementary school, and high school. Three thousand students from age three to eighteen now attend these highly rated schools, coming from a 50-mile radius around Ibillin. The students and faculty include Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Druze. More than 50% of the students are girls. They come to MEEI for a superior education and to demonstrate the possibility of living together with mutual respect in the midst of great diversity.
Archbishop Chacour was the first Israeli Arab to graduate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he received a Master's Degree in Bible and Talmudic Studies in 1968. In 1971, he obtained a Ph.D. in Ecumenical Theology at the University of Geneva.
Archbishop Chacour is the author of Blood Brothers and We Belong to the Land, telling the stories of his life and ministry in Ibillin. He has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the World Methodist Peace Award, the Marcel Rudloff Peace and Tolerance Award at Strasbourg, and the Niwano Peace Prize, Tokyo-Japan.
In February 2006, he was consecrated as Archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Church of Haifa, Akko, Nazareth and all Galilee. As archbishop, he continues to pursue his passions of caring for the oppressed and working for reconciliation among peoples, especially the diverse and historically complex interests of the people of the Middle East. “I want to be a moderating voice in the conflict that has spilled too much blood.”
For more information about Archbishop Chacour’s visit to Ashland, contact the church office at 804-798-7224 or office@....