July 2, 2022

Archbishop Elias Chacour, Noted Peace Activist, to Speak in Old Lyme, July 24

Archbishop Elias Chacour, Noted Peace Activist, to Speak in Old Lyme, July 24

At a special interfaith service on Sunday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m., the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme will host a distinguished guest, the Most Rev. Elias Chacour, Archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Church in Israel.  A lifelong advocate for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Archbishop Chacour will address the topic, “What Are the Things That Make for Peace? Building Peace in the Midst of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”  All are welcome at the service and reception following.  A free-will offering will be received to support the Archbishop’s peace-building initiatives.

An Arab Palestinian Christian and Israeli citizen, Archbishop Chacour was born in 1939 in the Arab Christian village of Biram near Galilee.  When he was eight years old, along with his entire village, he and his family were evicted by Israeli forces, who shortly thereafter demolished the village. The young Chacour was sent to schools in Haifa, Nazareth and St. Sulpice Seminary in Paris.  In 1965, the newly ordained priest returned to Israel, to a parish assignment in Ibillin, convinced that through education, young people of different faiths could learn to live together in harmony.  His vision has been realized in his life’s work, the Mar Elias Educational Institutions in Ibillin, where students (from pre-school through college) and faculty include Christians, Muslims, Jews and Druze.  The Archbishop is a three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, and the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for his peace advocacy.  He is the author of two books on the experience of Palestinians living in Israel, Blood Brothers and We Belong to the Land.   Both books as well as DVDs on his work will be available at the event.

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is at Two Ferry Road, at the foot of Lyme Street in Old Lyme.

More information:   Call 860-434-8686, or visit  www.FCCOL.org,  or www.pilgrimsofibillin.org