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Bible Lands Winter 2018

Headline comments about Christians in the Middle East normally speak about persecution but the situation is rather different, more complex and nuanced. Christian communities have been part of the warp and woof of so many nations of the Middle East. They contribute to the rich tapestry of life and vitality in the region, whether they come from the historic churches or the new expatriate communities, notably in the Gulf.

The Episcopal Church is a small and varied but significant part of that pattern. In this copy of Bible Lands the articles outline the range of Anglican presence and service in the region, with positive examples of commitment and service, often in demanding situations.

Highlights:

The story of Hayat Heitali: The name Hayat means "life", and this is the name a mother, in her second tremester of pregnancy gave her future daughter on learning that she would "have a lot of disabilities" and why she brought her to The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre. 

Report on the refugees in Jordan by the new Regional Facilitator for the Anglican Alliance in the Middle East, Joel Kelling.

‘Dusty...faithful feet’ in Ethiopia: A report from Bishop Mouneer Anis folling his visit to Ethiopia and Algeria in September

‘Home-grown’ clerics in Cyprus: how the dioceses has in the last six years gone from just one home-grown licensed clergy to around a third of the clergy coming from local congregations.