Middle East Consultation 2016 – The Refugee and the Body of Christ: Exploring the Impact of the Present Crisis on our Understanding of Church

This is a very important consukltation, at a critical time for the church in the Middle East.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

20 – 24 June 2016

Beirut, Lebanon

Refugee Church St. Michael’s Church: ‘The Jungle’ refugee camp, Calais, France. Picture courtesy of Rev. Simon Jones, November 2015.

The church in the Middle East is experiencing a time of unprecedented change. There exist significant challenges, and yet at the same time unimaginable opportunities. In response, the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES) at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon in pleased to announce its 13th annual Middle East Consultation.

The current refugee crisis, triggered to a large extent by the ongoing war and instability in Syria and surrounding countries, has provoked a wide range of reactions in diverse contexts. The local church has frequently sought to respond in prophetic and Christ-like ways to the new realities before it. And in the process, many churches have been thoroughly transformed as they welcome into their midst those who might have been traditionally considered…

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