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Middle East Conversation October 2020
October 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EEST
Join us for our fifth MEC2020 webinar:
October 22, 6:00-7:30 pm Beirut Time (GMT+3)
Lebanon’s Year of Meltdown: Faith Refined
Conversation Host: Martin Accad, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary
Guest: Eugene Sensenig, Notre Dame University in Lebanon
Guest: Nadia Khouri Accad, Tahaddi, Beirut
Guest: Wissam al-Saliby, World Evangelical Alliance
The 17 October 2019 outburst of popular protests was a watershed moment for Lebanon. It effectively launched a tumultuous 12-month period dominated by three prevailing national crises: a street protest movement fueled by rapidly deteriorating socioeconomic and political conditions, a public health emergency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the horrific Beirut Blast disaster on the 4th of August. Entrenched cracks in Lebanon’s political, economic, and social fabric have been exposed in volatile ways this past year, and the impact has been devastating on many levels. Though it is reasonable to look at such a climactic situation with despair, biblical faith compels us to respond to crisis in ways that resist defeatism and embraces hope. This is certainly not an easy task. Even so, the past year has provided valuable lessons of faith and witness as the Church in Lebanon reconsiders its role in society. The experience has been both bitter and sweet, and there is much more to learn.
The 22 October MEC 2020 webinar will take stock of this consequential year by facilitating a reflective conversation that assesses the challenges of Lebanon while garnering valuable lessons about refining faith during times of national meltdown. Diverse voices from the fields of political science, public health and human rights advocacy will lend their perspectives in an exercise that aims to illuminate theological frameworks and consider missiological implications for Christians. By drawing from the dynamic context of Lebanon, this webinar will stir an informative conversation and generate practical insights to enrich the global Church as it seeks to witness in a world of crisis.