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“Theology and the Local Church in the Holy Land”

(Palestinian Contextualized Theology Conference)

October 2006


Preparatory Committee Meeting

31 July 2006-08-08 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Al-Liqa’ Center



Read the program


: Fr. Dr. Rafiq Khoury, Mrs Hanadi Soudah, Mr. Ziyad Shlewet, Mr. ‘Amer Al-Baba, Dr. Geries S. Khoury, Dr. ‘Abd Al-Rahman ‘Abbad, Mr. Lawrence Sammour, Mr. Mousa Darwish, Bishop Atallah Hanna

Excused Absence

: Bishop Munib Younan, Dr. Adnan Musallam



In a previous meeting of the Committee, it was decided that the title of the 2006 conference will be as follows:

Christian Arabs in the Holy Land

Between the Crisis of Identity and Belonging


In the 31 July meeting attendees discussed the working paper prepared by Fr. Rafiq Khoury in which proposals were put forth with the purpose of generating the program of the conference. Following prolonged discussion the following themes were approved:

  1. Identity and its educational, cultural, social, political… dimensions
  2. Palestinian Christian Arab identity in Palestine
  3. Palestinian Christian Arab identity in Israel
  4. Islam and Arab nationalism (Trends in the Islamic and Arab areas)
  5. Christianity and Arab nationalism (Trends in the Arab Area)
  6. Challenges facing the Palestinian Christian Arabs youth in defining their identity
  7. Challenges of Palestinian Christian Identity:
    1. The new Middle East design and its local repercussions
    2. The traitors and their attempts to poison common living and commitment to Arab identity
    3. Problems arising in terms defining identity: occupation, green line, Arabs of 1948, Arabs of the interior, expelled ones, refugees.

8.      A concluding panel comprising religious personalities, politicians and sociologists.