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Nobel Peace Prize nominee Archbishop Elias Chacour to speak on Sept. 23

09/23/09 -  

The Center for Ethics and Religion at Queens will host Nobel Peace Prize nominee Archbishop Elias Chacour on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. in Belk Chapel on the Queens University of Charlotte campus, 1900 Selwyn Avenue. The talk is free and open to the public.  Elias Chacour, a Melkite Catholic priest, is a Palestinian Christian from Galilee who has served as the Archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Church of Haifa, Akko, Nazareth, and all Galilee in 2006.

Father Chacour began his ministry in 1965, when he was appointed as priest of the village church of Ibillin, a small Arab village near Nazareth, where Christians and Muslims have lived together peacefully for many generations. For over four decades, Father Chacour has actively pursued his vision of reconciliation through education, bringing together children, youth, and young adults of different faith traditions to learn and work together in peace. Today, students from kindergarten through university attend the schools of the Mar Elias Educational Institutions (MEEI), which Father Chacour established to implement that vision.

Many international groups and educational institutions have honored Archbishop Chacour for his work on behalf of peace. He has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize (1986, 1989, 1994). In 1994 he received the World Methodist Peace Prize. In May 2001 he received the Niwano Peace Prize awarded by a prestigious Buddhist group in Japan.

Archbishop Chacour is the author of two books: Blood Brothers (1984, updated in 2002) and We Belong to the Land (1990).

One of the best places to find parking for the event will be at the Myers Park Elementary School lot, located between lot J and the elementary school as shown on the map.  

The mission of the Center for Ethics and Religion is to educate-through dialogue -the Queens community and the broader community on ethics and religion, paying particular attention to the intersection of those two aspects of our lives. Past highlights include a partnership with Union Seminary, sponsoring a student Habitat build in China, and bringing to the University's historic Myers Park campus internationally recognized speakers such as Templeton Prize Winner The Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Project, and Dr. Nancey Murphy.Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university, with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Presbyterian School of Nursing, the Wayland H. Cato Jr. School of Education, the School of Communication, and Hayworth Evening Programs.

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