May 6, 2014 7:00pm
Talk and Q&A at 7pm followed by a reception at 8:30pm.
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Lettie Pate Evans Interim Chapel, Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia, 22304
Canon Andrew White will speak about his life and work as vicar of St. George’s Episcopal Anglican Church, Baghdad, Iraq, and his significant ministry of reconciliation among faith leaders in the Middle East.
Founded in 1864 as a church for the British, St. George’s has become the church for Iraqis, numbering a congregation of 4,000. St. George’s has become an oasis to many in the midst of the reality of daily violence. In response to people’s need, St George’s has its own clinic which serves all Iraqis regardless of faith and a dental practice operated by a Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim. Many live in fear and those who are able to flee the country do so. This is the context in which Canon Andrew White has served since 2005. He is continuing the reconciliation work he began as Special Envoy to the Middle East and the Director for International Ministry at Coventry Cathedral’s International Centre for Reconciliation.
Canon White has written widely on issues of interfaith activity, conflict resolution, and Middle East affairs. His most recent publication is Father, Forgive: Reflections on Peacemaking.
He is also President of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East which provides much needed humanitarian relief in the Iraqi context.