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Youth and Kids camp July 2011, Orontes River

► International Conference in Our Church

On the occasion of having an International Conference for the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC), a symposium took place in the National Evangelical Church of Beirut on Monday, 13th of Feb. 2012. The theme was "The Evangelicals and the Presence of the Christians in the Orient".

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Let us continue our prayers for the presence of the Christians in the ME.

► Lecture by Rev. Dr. Habib Badr on MECC

Rev. Habib Badr gave a lecture in the Near East School of Theology (NEST) in Beirut on the topic of Middle East Council of Churches: Present Perspective and Future Prospects

Rev. Badr has been intimately involved in the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) for almost three decades serving on the Executive Committee for the last 26 years. And he played recently a very important role in the negotiations reconstructing the council. In fact, he was appointed the coordinator with the Task Force Committee which was charged to accompany the General Secretary council during the crisis of the council in the last three years.

Rev. Badr Mentioned in the lecture several significant facts about the Council, particularly its changing name (in English and Arabic) from Near East Council of Churches (NECC) to Middle East Council of Churches (MECC). In Arabic, it was changed from مجمع to مجلس. This shift showed reasonably the geographical inclusiveness, as well as, and more importantly, the ecclesial and canonical connotations, namely that the council is not a super synod above churches.

Rev. Badr also mentioned two different perspectives concerning the rise of the ecumenical movement and of the council in ME. He talked about the Protestant perspective and the Orthodox/Catholic perspective. Then Rev. Badr moved to speak about the role of MECC in defending right causes in the Middle East. However, he noted that the council neglected to care for its own infrastructures and failed to mind its financial resources. Most importantly, the council worked minimally for Christians in the ME. Therefore, it is hoped for the coming years – with the newly elected General Secretary, Father Paul Rohana, and in the new developments in the Arab world – that the council will serve its raison d'être, namely Christian unity and preserving Christian presence and witness in ME.

The lecture was given on the 19th of January, 2012, kowing that the 3rd week of January is usualy preserved for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

► NEST Sunday


On the 22nd of April a group of theological students from Near East School of Theology (NEST) took part in our worship service. It was the occasion of NEST Sunday.  Pastor Habib Badr welcomed the group and congratulate Dr. George Sabra who was unanimously elected as new President of NEST last February. Dr. Sabra preached that Sunday, and other students played music (violin + piano).

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