—Lecture will focus on “Kairos Palestine: A Word of Faith, Hope, and Love from the Heart of the Palestinian Suffering”—

Princeton, NJ, March 25, 2013–Fr. Jamal Khader Daibes, dean of the Faculty of Arts, professor of theology, and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Bethlehem University in Palestine, and the John A. Mackay Visiting Professor of World Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary, will give a public lecture at the Seminary on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Mackay Campus Center. His lecture is about the document “Kairos Palestine: A Word of Faith, Hope, and Love from the Heart of the Palestinian Suffering.”

jamal daibesFr. Jamal was born in the Christian Palestinian village of Zababdeh in the northern part of the West Bank. He earned a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he completed his thesis on the official dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. He is a member of the Theological Reflection Committee of the Latin Patriarchate and of the Committee of Dialogue with Jews.

Fr. Jamal teaches Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Strategies for the Masters in International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) program at Bethlehem University.

He is one of the authors of Kairos Palestine, a document written by Palestinian Christians as a “word to the world about what is happening in Palestine” that asks all churches and Christians around the world to “stand against injustice, urging them to work for a just peace in the region.”  

The Mackay Professorship at Princeton Seminary is named for John A. Mackay, its third president, and an ecumenist and world churchman.

The lecture is sponsored by the History and Ecumenics Department and is open to the public without charge. For more information, please contact Dr. Kathleen McVey, Princeton Seminary’s Joseph Ross Stevenson Professor of Church History, at kathleen.mcvey@ptsem.edu.

Princeton Theological Seminary was founded in 1812, the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. It is the largest Presbyterian Seminary in the country, with more than 500 students in six graduate degree programs.