Archive for June, 2008

Elias Chacour

For anyone who can’t get to the UNHO conference to see Elias Chacour you might think about heading to Tabor:

Here is the blurb:

17 Jul 2008 – 7:00pm

Elias Chacour (born 1939) is the Archbishop of Galilee of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. He is also a noted author and peace activist keen to promote reconciliation between Arabs and Israelis. He will be in Melbourne as part of the Urban Neighbours of Hope ‘Surrender 08’ conference and will be coming to speak at Tabor Victoria as part of our Lancaster Lecture series.

In a region of Galilee where Jesus had lived and ministered almost 2,000 years earlier, 8 year old Elias and his whole village were brutally evicted from their village by the Israeli military. A Palestinian Christian and a refugee in his own country, Elias was not content to simply repeat the words of the Sermon on the Mount given near his home all those years ago, but find new ways to live it out.

An advocate of non-violence, Chacour travels often between the Middle East and other countries around the world. He has received several international peace awards. On March 10, 1994, Father Chacour received the prestigious World Methodist Peace Award awarded annually by the World Methodist Council. On February 19, 2001, it was announced he was to receive the Niwano Peace Prize which he travelled to Japan to receive.

He would go on to become the Archbishop of Galilee and an ambassador for non-violence in the way of Jesus. Father Elias has received three Nobel Peace Prize nominations, the prestigious World Methodist Peace Award and is the author of two best selling books, Blood Brothers and We Belong to the Land.