I begin by offering my thanks to you for your prayers and continued support during the upheaval between Israel and Gaza. Our deepest condolences go out to all who have suffered and are in pain. We thank God that the cease-fire is holding and continue to pray for peace and justice in the Land of the Holy One.
During the month of November, we held our MAJMA – Diocesan Synod - in Jerusalem. This was a wonderful time to gather with clergy from throughout Israel, Palestine and Jordan and with special guests from England and Canada. This was the first time in ten years that we have been able to hold our Diocesan Meeting here.
All Saints, Beirut, Lebanon celebrated 100 years of ministry this month. I had the pleasure of visiting there and rejoicing in the occasion with parishioners and old friends who came from around the world to celebrate. While in Beirut, I also visited with our clergy at NEST (Near East School of Theology) and the St. Luke’s Centre, our institution for the mentally challenged.
As we begin Advent we focus on the beginning of a new year in the church calendar. We remember the humble beginnings of our Lord and Saviour and trust in the greatness of God through all things tender. We look forward to a new year of exciting possibilities and give Glory to God in the highest and pray for peace to God’s people on earth.
I wish you blessings of peace and kindness.
Bishop Suheil Dawani
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